AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Friday, December 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital, Mr. Tullie William Keen, 86, was the father of two daughters, Jan M. Keen of Kennesaw, GA and Sandra J. Keen of Augusta. Mr. Keen was born in Dublin, GA on June 18, 1919 to the late James Lemmie Keen and Lommie Ester Daniels. He grew up in Soperton, GA with his parents and eight siblings. Surviving family members in addition to his daughters, include their mother, Alice B. Keen of Augusta; one surviving brother, Eulie Earl Keene and his wife, Jimmie McNeese Keene of Soperton and other nieces and nephews. He attended First Baptist Church of Augusta and St. Mary's on the Hill Catholic Church of Augusta. Mr. Keen began his career at A & P Tea Company in Augusta. He later served 28 years of service in the United States Postal Service. He retired in 1972. During his retirement, he lived in many places from as far away as California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and always returned to his roots in Georgia. He served in World War II, 1st Army, 121st Infantry, 8th Division from January 25, 1941 to June 309, 1945. He trained at Fort Jackson, SC, Camp Forest, Tenn., Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Camp Laguna, Ariz. He served in the European Theatre with engagements in Normandy and Northern France. He was a communications specialist in Morse code. Medals earned: Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and American Defense Ribbon. He was very proud of his service to his country. Family visitation will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2005 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Ga. Memorial service will follow on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Soperton, Ga with Rev. Clarence Keen, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, Ga. 30904 or thecharity of your choice. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Rd., Augusta, Ga. 30906.
The Augusta Chronicle December 26, 2005