Eric Joseph Keyes

August 5, 1964October 4, 2012
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Eric Joseph Keyes, 48, of Dallas, Texas and formerly of Lenoir passed away unexpectedly at his residence on October 4, 2012. He was born on August 5, 1964 and was the son of the late Joseph Keyes and Nettie Keyes. He is survived by two sisters, Sylvia Keyes and Joan Keyes McGee and husband, Dr. Timothy McGee. Also, he is survived by a beloved family friend, Nancy Holloway. Eric was a graduate of Hibriten High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most of his career was spent in the retail sector of business as a buyer, merchandiser, and strategic planner. He has worked for many reputable and prestigious retail companies such as Rich’s Department store in Atlanta, Georgia, Federated Department Stores Corporate in New York City, Home Depot Corporate in Atlanta, Georgia, and most recently JCPenney Corporate in Dallas, Texas. He lived in many different places throughout his career and made many wonderful and devoted friends along the way. He loved cooking, antiques, watching his favorite TV shows, good food, and good times with his friends and family. He was fun loving and had a wonderful sense of humor, and his laugh was contagious. He especially loved playing with his canine “nieces and nephews”, Max, MinMin, Mattie, and Pongo when he would come back home to Lenoir to visit. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11th in the chapel at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home and Crematory. Pastor Steve Walsh of Miller Hill Baptist Church will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Robin’s Nest Children’s Advocacy Center at 1051 Harper Avenue, Lenoir, N.C. 28645. You may view the online obituary and offer condolences at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to be serving the family of Eric Joseph Keyes.


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Natalie and Casey McGee

November 15, 2012

Although we did not have the pleasure of knowing Eric personally, we are sure through the stories of his family that Eric was a beautiful soul. Our most sincere thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends.

Deborah Arnold

October 24, 2012

Joan and Tim, and Sylvia - I am so very sorry about Eric. I know how much you all loved him. Keep your memories of him in your hearts, and may God comfort you all in the days ahead. I love you.

Cindy Porter

October 24, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric's family and friends. Eric was a co-worker and friend with a great laugh and infectous humor. He will be missed. God Bless Him.

Christian Jessel

October 23, 2012

To Eric's family and friends, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I had a chance to work with Eric here in Atlanta at The Home Depot for a while and hope and pray that you will be able to find comfort knowing that he was a source of joy for us every day at work. God Bless.

Kimm Martin

October 22, 2012

I met Eric when we both worked at Rich's. What a spirited soul! I am so lucky to have been friends with Eric for almost 20 years. So kind & thoughtful and always checking in, keeping in touch. I am so sorry I just found out & was not able to attend the service. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.

Holloway, Herron and Sanford Families

October 20, 2012

Our deepest sympathy are with you,Sylvia and Joan. Eric was one of a kind, he had a great sense of humor and laugh. We will miss him, greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you sisters, friends and family.We enjoy knowing him.

Barbara, Angie, and Matthew Rich

October 17, 2012

We are sorry to hear of Eric's passing. May peace and comfort be with all of you during these difficult days. Cherish each memory that you hold, and may the Lord guide each of your paths.

Pat (Potsy) Robbins

October 16, 2012

I will always remember the fun Eric,Joan and myself shared over the years.That smile and laugh was so infectous. My memories of Eric will be with me forever and always in my heart.

Pamela & Gregory Hayes

October 13, 2012

Sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers. Eric was funny, easygoing, loved to laugh. we had so many good times when we were with him. he will be greatly missed. I will never forget you Eric. enjoyed singing with you. go in peace. god bless. love ya my friend.....

Lori Helton Crump

October 12, 2012

My deepest sympathies are with Eric's family during this difficult time. I am a former classmate from Hibriten and I remember Eric very fondly. I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you all the strength you need during this difficult time.