Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
September 16, 2011 3:42 pm EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Cecil W. Keene, 85, of Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon, peacefully went home to be with his Heavenly Father at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, surrounded by his family and pastor Tim Overly.

Cecil was born in Stone, Ky., on Feb. 19, 1926, to Thomas Cecil Keene and Lucretia (Horn) Keene. Cecil served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps, enlisting at Charleston, W.Va., on June 23, 1943. After serving his country in the South Pacific during World War II, he was discharged from active service at Quantico, Va., on July 19, 1946.

Cecil married his Richlands, Va., sweetheart, Geneva Kathlene Simmons, on Aug. 6, 1946, who he always said, “She lived third and plumb” from his home in Jolo, W.Va. The translation was third mountain over and plumb on top. The sixth day of August 2011, they celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Cecil was employed and retired from PPG Industries with 30 years of service, and from the Ohio Department of Transportation with 17 years of service. Cecil was a faithful member of the Covenant Christian Church of God in Mount Vernon.

Surviving are his wife, Geneva (Simmons) Keene; his son and daughter-in-law, Gary W. and Mary E. Keene of Mount Vernon; his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia K. and Albert Neipling of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Angelene E. (Jonathan W.) Spaulding, Joseph S. (Pamala) Secrist, Stephen C. (Melody) Secrist and Patricia A. (Tim) Terrel; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Casey, Samantha, Dillon, Noah, Alexander and Jacob; his siblings, Opal M. Smith of Fort Meyers, Fla., Leon E. Keene of Cincinnati and Phyllis J. Adair of Morganfield, Ky.; many loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Cecil was preceded in death by his parents; and a half brother, Hobart Keen of Slate Creek, Va.

Friends may call Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Covenant Christian Church of God, 13360 New Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Tim Overly officiating. Entombment will follow with military honors by the U.S. Marines at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Christian Church of God.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Cecil W. Keene.

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