Passed away on November 6, 2018
Keenan Stringer, 95, lately of Grayson, GA passed away Tuesday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. The youngest of nine children, he was born and raised in Metcalf, GA. He later moved to Miami, FL only to have Uncle Sam come calling. He served in the United States Army in the European Theater during WWII and fought in The Battle of The Bulge. He relocated to Orlando, FL after the war. He met and was married to the love of his life, Matilda “Maud” for 51 years. He worked for and retired from a small independent Telephone company, Winter Park Telephone in 1983. He was a longtime member of the Eola Masonic Lodge in Orlando. He and his wife Maud were longtime members of St. Paul’s United Methodist church in Orlando, serving as lay leader for many years.
Keenan was preceded in death by his wife Maud and son Edwin “Butch” Barker. He is survived by his son Andy Stringer (Maria) Apopka, FL, daughter Pam Ives (Paul) Lawrenceville GA, and granddaughters Sylena Thomas (Kevin) Zephyrhills, FL, MacKenzie Ives Milledgeville, GA and Madison Ives Atlanta, GA.
Visitation and reception will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park Gotha, FL on Monday November 12, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 pm, with graveside service immediately following. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Grayson United Methodist Church Grayson, GA on Saturday November 17, 2018 at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Alz.org)
- Celebration of Life Saturday, November 17, 2018
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November 11, 2018
I have so many fond memories of (great)Uncle Keenan. His jokes, his laugh, his magic tricks. Playing at their beautiful lake house. Visiting the cabin with family on the St. John’s River. Some of my most favorite times. Uncle Keenan was the kindest man & deserved a far more peaceful exit from this life. I will always remember him, Aunt Maud, Pam & Andy with great love & affection. 💕
Malcolm Stringer, Jr
November 11, 2018
Uncle Keenan was the youngest of four brothers (Tommy, Sam, Mac, and Keenan). His sense of humor and goodwill was legendary. I can remember when I was about 12 , the four of them told jokes until the wee hours of the morning while I pretended to build an erector set model. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII and was my hero of the Greatest Generation. My father, Mac, told me I was not to talk to my uncle Keenan about the war. However, while I was in the USAF, I visited Orlando for a meeting and Keenan and I went out to dinner at his favorite place (Olive Garden). I brought up a base I had visited in Belgium and he told me all about the good times, the good people he had met, and the good food at the end of the fighting. He did not have a bad word to say about anything. Keenan was a wonderful man that I will truly miss. I have loving memories of my times with him and Aunt Maude. Here on Veterans day I want to say "Thank You" for your contributions to our freedoms and add that we will never, ever, forget. Love Mac, Jr.
November 11, 2018
I worked with Keenan at Winter Park Telephone for about 15 years. One of the things I remember most was his wonderful sense of humor. He was always happy and one of the nicest guys. He was one of a kind. My deepest condolences to the family. May he RIP.
November 9, 2018
Uncle Keenan was such a warm, witty and caring person. He was one of four brothers who always ran a close competition for "favorite uncle"in our family. Uncle Keenan was an honorable man and a lifetime patriot. He served courageously in World War II. I always loved listening to all the stories he shared of his experiences over seas. He was truly a member of "The Greatest Generation". A well deserved title. I loved him and will never forget all all the lasting memoriesUncle Keenan and Aunt Maude left our family. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.
November 8, 2018
Uncle Keenan was one of my most favorite people ever. Growing up with him as my uncle was one fun experience after another. He always reminded me of my dad, which also helped make him special. The world has lost a beautiful soul. Loved him so!!