Gaylord Rush Keener

Mr. Gaylord Rush Keener, 84, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 in Mena.

He was born November 19, 1935 in Mena, Arkansas to the late John Wiley Keener and the late Helen Christine Rush Keener.  He was happily married to Cordelia Jane Curry Keener.  He was the local Snap on Tool Man and was also retired from Aalfs Manufacturing.  Rush loved watching the Razorbacks and the Cowboys play football, and was an avid gardener and hunter.  He never met a stranger, but his true passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by:Wife:        Cordelia Keener of the home; Daughters:    René Whitaker and husband Jeff of Mena, Arkansas,  Vicky Heifner and husband Gerald of De Queen, Arkansas; Sister:  Sharon Wiles and husband John of Mena, Arkansas;  Sister-in-Law: Alice Keener of New Potter, Arkansas; Grandchildren:    Brad Anderson and Kailyn Deramus of Conway, Arkansas; Chelsea Johnson and husband Cameron of Hatfield, Arkansas, Cheyenne Anderson and Kevin Harris of Texarkana, Arkansas, Justin Ashley of Baytown, Texas, Devin Ashley of Mena, Arkansas; Great-Grandchildren:  Easton, Eliza and Jagger Johnson and Cordelia Anderson; Nieces: Terry Keener and wife Rita of New Potter, Arkansas; Beth Scott and husband Dewayne of Cove, Arkansas and Billy Keener and wife JoAnne of Conway, Arkansas.

Several other family and friends too great to mention.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alton Keener and J.W. Keener and a sister Daphne Hirsch.

Graveside services will be Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Rocky Cemetery with Brother Ron Tilley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.  Visitation was held Wednesday evening, February 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers are Brad Anderson, Justin Ashley, Devin Ashley, Jeff Whitaker, Gerald Heifner and Cameron Johnson.

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