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Johnnie Bell Neal Manning Keeney

Mrs. Johnnie Bell Neal Manning Keeney, age 59, of Vandervoort, Arkansas, passed away July 11, 2022, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born March 28, 1963, to John D. Neal and Betty Sue Webb Neal. Mrs. Keeney was a teamster/operator for the U. S. Pipeline from 2006-2019. She drove a bus for Van-Cove Public Schools for 15 years. She also worked at Randall’s Grocery, the Lighthouse, Stella’s, Tyson’s and as an aide for Polk County Home Health. She was well-known around her community for being kind and putting others above herself. She had a beautiful soul. She enjoyed nature, flowers, animals, fishing, and most of all spending time with family. She loved cooking for her whole family, and going to races, cheering on her brothers and nephews.

Johnnie Bell is survived by her husband Daniel Keeney of the home; the father of her children, Bobby Manning; daughters, Loretta Manning, Mary E. Manning Hopper, Connie Jean Manning, Jessica Harwood and husband Tim; grandchildren, Dakota Davis and wife Delta, Hannah Davis and fiance’ Donny, Madison Davis, Raeleigh Hopper and fiance Garett, Alaina Hopper, Jeliza Turner, Jolena Turner, Brayden Smith and fiancé Savannah, Keirsten Smith and fiancé Jarred, Gracie Smith, Bradley Harwood, and Bryson Harwood; great-grandchildren, Ava, Ellie, Jax and Maverick, and 3 on the way; sister, Sadie Nunn and husband Rollie; brothers, Warren Neal, David Neal, Clyde Neal and wife Robbie; special friends, Sharon Hammonds, Gail Barrett Kuykendall and Bernice Randall;  a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John D. and Betty Sue Neal; infant sister, Connie Jean Neal; brother, John David Neal; grandparents, George Webb and Lura Cotton Webb; infant niece, Sasha Neal; infant grandchild, Christian Smith.

Funeral service will be Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel, with Reggie Fryar officiating. Interment will follow in the Cecil Chapel Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Jason Randall, TeWayne Watkins, Bruce Cureton, George Manning, Joe Hammonds, Mike Harwood, Rex Johnston, and Bo Hayes.  Honorary pallbearers are her grandsons; Dakota, Bryson, Bradley, Brayden, and family friends; Donald Burk and Hank Sandefur.

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