Walter Lee Keen, age 78 was born in Tazewell County on July 4th, 1938. He died peacefully early Saturday morning in Doran, Virginia after a long illness.
He was preceded in death by his mother Oma Keen Rose and his father Orson Keen. Anyone who knew him wouldn’t be surprise if he was now sitting on a lake fishing. From birth to death, Walt was a hard worker. He was a coal miner at a young age, and a coal mine owner for over 20 years. He also had a construction company and enjoyed creating and helping others. One of his hobbies was stock car racing, which turned into a business. Walt co-owned and operated the Cedar Bluff Race Track and Speedway for number of years. He owned and operated the Doran Machine Shop, where he loved helping people fix the unfixable. Walt was a problem solver, and if something could be fixed and preserved he would do his best to do it. Walt was a lover of music, and played several instruments. True to form, many of Walt’s achievements could only be found through the word of mouth of family and friends, who will miss him greatly.
While we are most saddened by his passing, we are also relieved that he is no longer suffering. He will be greatly missed by his special companion of sixteen years, Angela Bailey, and her family Kimberly Foland and husband Daniel; Chris Bailey and wife Brittany and their children; and especially missed by his buddy Mitchell. Also, left to carry on Walt’s spirit and love of life is his four children, Rodney Lee Keen and wife Donna, Sherry Ann Cordle and husband Jerry, Sandra F. Smith and husband Larry, and Brian Keen and wife Rojie Eslava, and their mother Sarah Jane Keen; five grandchildren, Ami Cordle Taylor, Dr. Kellie Blackwell and spouse Jeffrey, Tiffany R. Smith, Christina Marie Keen, and Alexander Eslava Keen; four great grandchildren, Amber Nicole Taylor, Oliver Sabastian Smith Blackwell, Nathanial Tucker Blackwell and Beckett Fynn Blackwell; three sisters, Lola Mae Wells of Richlands, VA, Pauline Reedy and husband James of Richlands, VA, Lelah Stetch and husband David of Fredericksburg, VA.
The family celebrated Walt’s life during a quiet visitation at Singleton’s Funeral Service. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to his doctors and staff at Clinch Valley Medical Center and Holston Valley Wellmont Hospital for their attentiveness and care. Condolences, prayers, pictures and special stories of Walt’s life are appreciated and welcomed. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com. Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Keen family.