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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Russell Keefer you were one of the best friends a person could have had. You will be truly missed. We will keep the family in our prayers.
Submitted by Peggy Levin and family on Jul 2 2018 05:44:33 PM
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Frances Rivenbark lit a candle on Jul 2 2018 03:55:33 PM
So many hunting and fishing stories that include Rusty. Some are best not written, but I've told them for years and folks look at me in disbelief. All true! I worked with him, fished and hunted with him, and looked up to him. Not a bad thing to say about Rusty Keefer!
Submitted by Rod Owen on Jul 2 2018 02:28:05 PM
Love you babe miss you so much
Submitted by Portia poole on Jul 2 2018 01:59:04 PM
Lots of great memories made between us. You were one of a kind!
Submitted by Nancy Gerald Ashleigh & Jared Jones on Jul 2 2018 01:31:14 PM
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Randy Owen lit a candle on Jul 2 2018 12:57:04 PM
My dad was an amazing, caring and giving man. That will truly be missed. He had so many great friends, thank you to all of his friends for being his friends.
To my daddy:
I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH.
Thank you for being my daddy and the papa to my children.
Submitted by Billie jo Keefer Zimmerman on Jul 2 2018 12:15:04 PM
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Donald R. Hufham lit a candle on Jul 2 2018 12:07:15 PM
Your gonna be missed by all Russ. We had a lot of good times and have 4 wonderful children together. You will always have a special place in my heart.. sending love and prayers
Submitted by Glenna Kenney on Jul 2 2018 11:58:26 AM
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