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Michael David Keener

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Michael David Keener, 72, of Woodstock, formerly of Marietta, died suddenly at home on February 2, 2018. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Susan Smith Keener; his sons, David (Emily) Keener of Acworth, Andrew (Tara) Keener of Orange, VA, and Lee (Ann) Keener of Knoxville, TN; his sister, Donna (Louie) Keeling of Powell, TN; his granddaughter, Edie; his sister-in-law, Carol (Larry) Lay of Morristown, TN; his brother-in-law, Fred (Nancie) Smith of Alpharetta, GA; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris P’Simer Keener; his sister, Karen Keener; and his grandson, Alex Keener.

Michael was born in Charleston, WV, on November 14, 1945. Growing up, his mother was his hero, and his grandfather, Orville P’Simer, was like a father to him. He attended East Tennessee State University, where he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and graduated in 1968 with a degree in graphic design. He served in the Army from 1970-72 and was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service during his time stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. 

After the Army, Michael embarked on a pharmaceutical sales career that spanned almost 40 years. From 1990 to 2010, he was the director of Sunrise Medications & Infusion Pharmacy in Lexington, South Carolina. He loved what he did and loved the people he worked with and greatly missed both after his retirement.

The family will receive friends starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 16, at Georgia Funeral & Cremation Services in downtown Acworth, with the service immediately following at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

Above all else, Michael enjoyed telling other people what they should do. So in lieu of flowers, you should donate in Michael’s memory to the IBC Network Foundation ( or the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. Besides, we all know if you’d gotten flowers, you’d have done it wrong anyway!  Condolences can be left at

7 Comments To "Michael David Keener"

Dana P'Simer sr On Mar 14 2018 at 1pm
I am envious of Mike since he now knows all the secrets of life. He was one of my favorite nephews. I always enjoyed talking with him. I regret that I will not be able to attend his service since I am recovering from a pulmonary embolism. I am sending my sincerest sympathy to his family. Reply to this comment
Melanie Grigsby Harless On Mar 10 2018 at 2pm
I knew Mike in high school and had not seen him since graduation, but it sounds like he had a good life. My deepest condolences to his family. Reply to this comment
Gena On Mar 10 2018 at 11am
Mike was one of my favorite people. We all joke about Mike telling us what we should have done differently but I will truly miss his take on life. He loved his family and friends and sharing his wisdom. With them. The world is a different place without our beloved Pappy Keener. Rest In Peace my dear friend. I love and miss you ❤️ Reply to this comment
Lois Petteys On Mar 06 2018 at 9pm
Wonderful memories of a talented man. So sorry he left too soon. Reply to this comment
Laurie Kennedy Carroll On Mar 06 2018 at 9pm
I will always remember Mr. Keener grilling food for cookouts, laughing with his family and friends, and hanging out on the beach in North Carolina. He had a big laugh that fit his bigger personality. He will be missed. Reply to this comment
Bob Barrier On Mar 06 2018 at 4pm
You have pegged Michael exactly right, a wonderful personality, teller of stories and jokes, one who loved life. He is--and will always be--greatly missed. Reply to this comment
Don and Lisa Hoffman On Mar 08 2018 at 12pm
Michael was a dear friend of Lisa and me. He will be truly missed.
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