Douglas Elton Keen

February 4, 1941 - January 23, 2021
Douglas Elton Keen


Douglas Elton Keen, 79, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord Saturday, January 23, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born February 4, 1941 in Wilson, NC, the son of Elton and Eula Keen. In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Keen, and sisters Joyce Kennedy and Carolyn Mize.

Doug is survived by his wife of 56 years, Linda and two sons, Kevin Keen, along with his wife, Genia and Keith Keen. In addition, he was very proud to be “Grandpa” to his two grandsons, Slade and Layton. Along with all of these were several nieces, nephews, and more friends than any man could be fortunate enough to have.

Doug graduated from Rock Ridge High School before serving his country honorably in the US Army. He retired after long dedicated employment to both North Carolina Equipment Company and RW Moore Equipment Company.

Doug enjoyed coaching baseball and basketball and left an indelible impression on his players. He was a faithful member and served as Deacon at both College Acres Baptist Church and Anchor Baptist Church. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

The family will hold a private service that will be held at Anchor Baptist Church on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 with Pastor Jeff Nichols officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests the donations be made to Anchor Baptist Church in honor of Doug.

The family would like to thank the ICU staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for their compassionate care of our husband/father.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403.

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  • January 26, 2021
    Tom Marshburn says:
    I had the privilege of working with Doug during our "retirement " years. He was a true gentleman and dedicated worker.

  • January 29, 2021
    Barbara L Katlen says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know prayers are and thoughts are with you and the family.

  • January 28, 2021
    Gary and Cathy Horne says:
    We were so saddened to learn about Doug's passing. Although we have not kept in touch in recent years we fondly remember many fun years with Supper Optimist Club and the baseball program. Doug and Linda were kind friends to us. We have Linda, Kevin, Keith and all of his family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • January 28, 2021
    Sandee Spradley says:
    Sending love and prayers to Linda and family. Doug was truly an inspiration to so many! Our loss is Heavens gain!

  • January 28, 2021
    James and Lynn Rabon says:
    For years Doug was our go to guy for our heavy equipment. In later years we enjoyed Doug coming over and fishing in our pond. Praying for comfort for the family.