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M.L. Keeney

M.L. Keeney, age 89, of Cove, died Monday, January 10, 2022, at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Wednesday, February 3, 1932, to Pearl and Ethel Keeney in Cove, Arkansas.

M.L. served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict where he was assigned to guard the prisoners of war. M.L was a member of the Midway Pentecostal Church in Cove where he served faithfully for many years. He worked 30 years at U.S. Motors on second shift before his retirement. M.L loved to work on his farm and run his tractor. He loved to cut firewood and delivered the wood to family and friends. M.L. was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

M.L. is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ollie Faye Barrett Keeney; one son, Danny Keeney; three brothers, Raymond Keeney, Earl Keeney and Cleo Keeney and one sister, Ila Mae Sanders.

M.L. is survived by his one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Mark Hoyle of Hatton, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Daniel and Johnnie Bell Keeney of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Jessica and Steven Bailey of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Joshua and Gisele Hoyle of Eagle Mountain, Utah, and Amanda Long and Pat Branagan of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Austin, Rhiley, Michaela, Saulo, Melissa, Hadleigh and Olivia; several aunts and uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. at the Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort with Brother Tim Smedley officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 14, 2022, from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Hoyle, Daniel Keeney, Steven Bailey, Austin Bailey, Mitchell Gatlin and Tony Gatlin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Gatlin, Rodney Jones and Michael Jones.

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