Russell Joseph Keefer, 67, of Four Oaks, North Carolina, formerly of Florida, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington following a long illness.
He was born on November 10, 1950, in Portsmouth, Ohio, to the late Russell Lee and Helen Ruth (Givens) Keefer.
Russell, a self-employed commercial fisherman, moved from Florida to Four Oaks 23 years ago. He loved the outdoors, fishing and most of all spending time with his family. Russell will be remembered as a good father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Portia Poole; sons, Russell Keefer and his wife Amanda, of Benson, Joseph Keefer and his wife Sunshine, of Four Oaks; daughters, Billie Jo Keefer Zimmerman and her husband Ronald, of Conyers, Jennifer Rothrock and her husband, Jason, of Lake Park, Georgia, Christine Wilson of Florida, Carolyn Joiner of Florida, Sandy Lucas of North Carolina, Landy Lucas of North Carolina; sister, Ruth Ann Keefer; and 16 grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at Blackbeard Campground, at his favorite fishing spot, 6:30 PM on July 5, 2018. Pastor Jimmy Mintz will officiate.
Memorial Donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
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Prayers for all. Russell will certainly be missed by many.He had many talents,but most of all he loved his family and all of mankind, saw good in everyone. Rest in peace dear friend
Submitted by Paulette on Jul 3 2018 11:54:47 AM
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Rhonda Martin lit a candle on Jul 3 2018 10:45:10 AM
Russell, you will be missed by so many and we all have our special memories of you. We feel like we lost a piece of our hearts at losing you. Rest in peace, our precious friend. Willie and Pat Christopher
Submitted by Willie and Pat Christopher on Jul 2 2018 09:41:09 PM
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Matt McDaris lit a candle on Jul 2 2018 08:21:14 PM
The stories and memories that will be told during the next few days will always be in your hearts. I can just hear my dad and your dad out in a boat fishing and telling stories. I can hear your dad's unforgettable laugh as he hooks the next big fish. What a good legacy to have left behind. A man with many friends and loved by them all. God bless each of you and your families during this time. Love you all.
Submitted by Randy and Lisa Owen on Jul 2 2018 07:37:51 PM
So sorry to hear about Rusty we had a lot of good times together and are kids are still friends will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts love to you all
Submitted by Elaine Grimes on Jul 2 2018 07:10:02 PM
I'm so sorry I will miss him I'm sorry I never came back so many things where said and now I'm out of time why why can't we rewind I love you thank u for guiding me threw
Submitted by Landy on Jul 2 2018 07:01:53 PM
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Russell Keefer lit a candle on Jul 2 2018 06:20:17 PM
I will miss you Russell. I considered you to be my brother inlaw since Portia family considered me to be a sister. I will be here for Portia as much as I can.
Submitted by Wilma Hopkins on Jul 2 2018 06:13:00 PM
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