Hershell D. Keener, 85, of Hendersonville, passed away Monday, October 5, 2009, at Hendersonville Health & Rehabilitation, following a period of declining health. A native of Macon County, he lived in Henderson County since 1956. He was a son of the late Willard D. and Albia Byrd Keener. While serving with the Army during WWII, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart with three clusters. He retired from General Electric in 1986 after 30 years of service. He was a very active member of Balfour United Methodist Church. One of his biggest joys was singing in the church choir, and he was an avid gardener.
Survivors include a son, McKinley ìKinî Keener and his wife Phyllis of Flat Rock; a daughter, Leslie K. Sabo and her husband Dan of Hendersonville; two brothers, Charles Keener and his wife Catherine of Franklin, Robert Keener and his wife Marietta of Franklin; a granddaughter, Kelsey H. Sabo of Charlotte; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 7:00 pm Friday, October 9, 2009 at the Balfour United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Prichard will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5- 7 pm at the church.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, in Clarkís Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Franklin. Military rites will be conducted by Franklin VFW.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville, NC 28791.