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Kenneth Gene Keenum, Sr

  • Birth 7 Aug 1934 Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 28 Oct 2011 Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 79829350

August 07, 1934 - October 28, 2011

Kenneth Gene Keenum, Sr., age 77 of Murphy, NC passed away Friday, October 28, 2011 at Murphy Medical Center.

He was a native of Gaston County, NC; son of the late Ralph and Addie Parker Keenum. Kenneth attended North Carolina State, Oklahoma State University and the Naval Academy. He was a veterinarian in Murphy from 1966 to 1972 and also for six years prior to that in South Dakota. In 1972 he became the assistant director at the State Lab in Raleigh and retired in 1995 from the Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab under the NC Department of Agriculture. He enjoyed farming in his retirement and playing bridge in his earlier years in South Dakota and Murphy. Kenneth was a member in the Mason Lodge in South Dakota and JCs in various places, member of the Lions Club and assisted with the veterans. He loved people and meeting their needs. Kenneth was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Murphy.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, October 31, 2011 at the Friendship Baptist Church in Murphy. Rev. Aud Brown will officiate.

Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Monday, October 31, 2011 at the Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hattie Parker Cemetery Flower Fund at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o T.L. McNabb, 186 Friendship Church Road, Murphy, NC.

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Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.





  • Created by: Jerry Hood
  • Added: 3 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79829350
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Kenneth Gene Keenum, Sr (7 Aug 1934–28 Oct 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79829350, citing Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Jerry Hood (contributor 47208839) .