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Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Thomas Akin Keir Jr.

May 24, 1937February 2, 2020
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Thomas Akin Keir, Jr., 82, of Knoxville passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020. Tom was a member of The Masons for over 50 years. He and his wife loved to travel, camp and experience new friends and places.

He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas Akin Sr. and Irene Keir, sisters, Betty and Dorothy. Survivors include wife, Linda Keir, children Mary (Dave) Neubauer, Eileen (Flint) Titus, Amy (Bill) Fea, and Thomas (Deana) Keir, grandchildren, David (Lindsay) Neubauer, Sammie Neubauer, Jessica (Ethan) Presley, Billy Fea, Alicia and Hayley Keir. He is also survived by step-children, Stephanie (Dennis) Bowlin, Chris McReynolds, Susan Paige (Alan) McClancy, with three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 5-7pm at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37919. Masonic Rites will follow at 7pm. Family and friends will meet Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10:45am in the Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery for an 11am Graveside Service. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Masonic Rites Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Interment Service Thursday, February 6, 2020

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Xavier Taylor

February 12, 2020

We are deeply sorry for your loss. I hope you feel the love that surrounds you, now and always. Praying for your healing, comfort, strength and peace during this painful time. Mr. Keir was a fine gentleman, he made an impression on all the staff members at Weekend RV Center.

Sorry for your loss, the staff at Weekend RV Center.

Elizabeth Barnes

February 8, 2020

My Great Uncle Tom was exactly that, great ♥️. I always looked forward to his visits and always felt safe and loved when I was with him. He will be greatly missed, just as his sisters before him. My love and prayers to all who are hurting.

Amy Fea

February 6, 2020

Today was a hard day. We laid you to rest, Dad. You were the most loving father anyone could ever have. You worked hard and provided for your family. Your heart was so big. You were a gentle caring man. You were the first man to love me and I will miss hearing you say to me, “I love you, kiddo.”
I will miss you. It is selfish on my part to want you to still be here but I find comfort in knowing you aren’t suffering anymore and all the pain is gone. You put up a good fight. This isn’t goodbye, it’s a see you later. When we are reunited, what a joyous thing it will be. I love you so much. ❤️

Barbara Furman

February 6, 2020

Uncle Tom was a man of few words, like Grandpa. But, there are some I won't forget. My car wouldn't start in front of the house on Catalpa. I called my boyfriend Paul, who came to pick it up the next day. Later on Uncle Tom said " Met that boyfriend of yours. He's a good one." Uncle Tom told me how thrilled he was that I Finally got around to marrying him. Christmas of 1994 was very difficult for me. Uncle Tom and I were in the kitchen at Mom's on 177th, he put his arms around me and said" I know it's tough right now. It'll get better." He was right, again. Love and prayers, Barb

Elaine Stephens Rivich

February 5, 2020

When I think of Mr. Keir, the first thing I remember is the kindness in his eyes. He always had the most beautiful big brown eyes and they kinda twinkled when he smiled. Tom was gentle, soft spoken, and a family-centered loving person.

I remember how he took such good care of things and I was always amazed by how often he hand washed his car.! Mr. Keir was a wonderful neighbor growing up. What a busy life he led, always working hard and what beautiful children he raised! I know he was proud of you all and proud of his entire family. I feel very fortunate to have known him and the Keirs when Hammond was your home. I spent a lot of fun days playing with Mary and our siblings on Chestnut and Catalpa!

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I so wish I could be there to tell you in person. Sending my love and praying you’ll feel God’s comfort at this difficult time as you share and hold the fondest memories of your sweet father.
The pictures make me happy to see him and all of you during such joyous family times. My sincerest condolences. God bless you all.

Eileen Titus

February 5, 2020

My dad was a wonderful man he was there when ever you needed him and he loved his family unconditionally and worked hard everyday of his life. My most cherished memory was the day he gave me away at my wedding I will never forget that day it was one of my happiest. Dad I will miss and love you forever. Some day we will be together again.

Amy Fea

February 4, 2020

Mary Neubauer

February 4, 2020

I can say many, many things about my Dad, but I will touch on the important ones. He was a hard working man who loved and provided for his family. He was gentle, kind and soft spoken. Most importantly, he always loved with his whole heart. He taught me the importance of responsibility and independence. My most cherished memory is from when I was a child. When we vacationed at the family cottage in Michigan, my Dad would take me out in the boat on the lake, just us two. We went so early it was still dark out. We would spend hours fishing and just talking about anything and everything. I love you Dad and I will miss you until my last breath. I’ll see you again some day! ❤️❤️❤️

Ray Varner

February 4, 2020

Just a note to express my condolences in the passing of my dear friend. Such a great guy who I considered a friend more than a customer. My prayers are with you. Sincerely Ray Varner

Jennifer Gilmore

February 3, 2020

Keir Family,

We are so sad to hear of the loss of Amy’s father. We have enjoyed getting to know many of Amy and Bill’s family over the years. You all walked into our lives ( literally) 12 years ago as new neighbors and we consider you our family. We are here for you during this difficult time. Love you all!

Matt, Jenn and Bobby

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