Ray William Keen Sr., 59, of Covington, VA, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.
Mr. Keen was born September 26, 1956, in Greenbrier County, WV, a son of Junior and Margaret Masters Keen.
He was employed for over 30 years with the former Covington Motor Company as a mechanic and service managers. He was currently serving as a mechanic for Waco Inc. in Covington.
Ray was a longtime member of Dunlap Christian Church, where he had served as an elder, Sunday School teacher, song leader, trustee of the church, and a lay speaker. He was a member of the Lone Oak Hunt Club and a former troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 115. Ray was a 1975 graduate of Greenbrier East High School in Fairlea, WV, where he enjoyed playing football and was offered a football scholarship to James Madison University.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, who raised him in their home, Woody and Madeline Masters; two brothers, Roy “Fish” Keen and Danny Keen; and two sisters, Kay Ann Mabry and Jeannette Carola.
Surviving are his wife, Kathy Simpson Keen of Covington; his son, Ray W. Keen Jr. of Covington; five brothers, Marvin Keen and wife, Sylvia, of Hollywood, WV, Charles Keen and David Keen of Caldwell, WV, Nicky Keen of Lexington, and Rick Keen and Kate Rowland of Lexington; six sisters, Phyllis Boggs and husband, Rocky, of Roanoke, Susan Smith of Fairlea, Faye Keen and David Bare of Ronceverte, WV, Bertha Weikle and husband, Matt, of Lewisburg, WV, and Becky Catlett and Sharon Vess, both of Lexington; a special aunt, Loretta Masters Radford of Caldwell, WV; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held Sunday, July 3, 2016, at 3 PM at the Chapel of Arritt Funeral Home in Covington with the Revs. Larry Atkins, Bill Gilliland, J.B. Broughman, Kenny Baker, and Bill Carter officiating. Interment was made in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Covington.
The family received friends Saturday, July 2, from 7-8:30 PM at the funeral home.
Memorial donations in Ray’s name may be made to Dunlap Fire Department and Rescue Dept., P.O. Box 218, Covington, VA 24426, or to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 764, Covington, VA 24426.
The online guestbook is available at arrittfuneralhome.com.
Arritt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the July 5, 2016, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.