Billy Joe Keener|
HARLINGEN, TX. -
Billy Joe Keener of Harlingen, TX, died August 3, 2014.
Born on September 17, 1928 in Edcouch, TX, the son of the late Rube and Edith Keener.
The "Biggest Little Grocer in Texas" was the owner of Keener's Drive In located in Harlingen and Brownsville. He first started in the grocery business in 1951 in a
small one room store on Harrison.
BJ, as he was called by his many friends and acquaintances, never met a stranger and always lent a helping hand to those less fortunate. He loved to entertain and tell a joke.
He was a founding member of the Tip O Tex Trail Riders and a life time member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was a member of the Cameron County Sheriff's Posse. He was also a charter member of the Harlingen Elks Lodge. He proudly served his country in the US Army.
Besides Alice, his loving wife of 64 years, he is survived by three sons, Billy Ray Keener and wife Chris of Cooks, Michigan, Don Keener and wife Henrietta of Mason, TX, David Keener and wife Bonnie of Harlingen, TX, and one daughter, Linda Simpson of Bastrop, TX.
He is also survived by one sister, Jeannie Payne of Azle, TX; eight grandchildren - Shawn, Brandon, Dawn, Lisa, Melissa, Ashwin, Gaven and Tonya, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will held be on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm at Heavenly Grace Funeral Home on North White Ranch Road in La Feria, TX.
Funeral Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the Harlingen Elks Lodge, 1426 S. Commerce St, Harlingen,
TX 78550 or to an organization of your choosing.
Published in Valley Morning Star on Aug. 5, 2014