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Cora Irene Keener

April 1, 1931 ~ March 13, 2020 (age 88)


Cora Irene Keener 88 of Hickory died Friday, March 13, 2020 at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. Born April 1st, 1931 in Spruce Pine, she was the daughter of the late Deck Sidney Franklin and Sybil Franklin. She and her husband of 62 years Talmadge Keener were the owner/operators of Hickory Exxon for 42 years. 

Four sons, Sidney A. Keener and wife Pam of Holly Springs, NC, Thomas T. Keener and wife Susie of Lewisville, NC, Brian L. Keener and wife Deborah of Hickory, Anthony D. Keener and wife Sandy of Belmont, 10 grandchildren, Sarah Page, Derek Keener, Dr. Becky McKinnon, Heather Durand, Joshua Keener, Benjamin Keener, Brittany Keener, Mary Keener, Matthew Pearson and Elizabeth Pearson and 11 Great Grandchildren survive her.

In addition to her parents, a son, Phillip Keener, a brother and three sisters preceded her in death.

Cora was a loving wife, a mom to 5 boys, a talented hobbyist, and she loved Jesus. 

The funeral will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at Open Door Baptist Church formerly Penelope Baptist Church with Pastor Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at Open Door Baptist Church.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Open Door Church Scholarship Fund 3310 Main Ave NW Hickory, 28601 or to Samaritan's Purse       
PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607.

Please sign the online guestbook at The Keener family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
March 17, 2020

1:00 PM
Open Door Baptist Church

Conover, NC 28613

Funeral Service
March 17, 2020

2:00 PM
Open Door Baptist Church

Conover, NC 28613

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