Robert H. Keene

Robert "Bobby" Holmes Keene, 60, of Dinwiddie, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Southside Regional Medical Center. He was born in Saltville and was the son of the late Thelma Davidson Keene and James Garfield Keene. He was owner and operator of R.H. Keene Construction. He was also an avid pilot and certified flight instructor at the Dinwiddie County airport for many years.

He was a great musician. His love for music inspired and touched many friends and family members. He was multi-talented and could play guitar, bass and piano. His love and knowledge of music spanned many genres such as gospel, country, classic rock and "oldies but goodies". He hosted many family gatherings in his home.

Mr. Keene is survived by: his son Donnie E. Keene and wife Athena; daughter, Susan G. Keene; and their mother, Hilda T. Keene; one grandson, Adam R. Keene and an expected granddaughter; one sister and four brothers, Brenda Keene, Utah Olinger, Jack Olinger, John "Hooker" Keene and Jimmy Keene; and a host of other family; and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in the Petersburg Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3935 S. Crater Road, with Rev. Dr. Don H. Phelps officiating. Burial will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George. The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions may be made to his son Donnie or his daughter Susan. Condolences may be registered at

Funeral Home

E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
3935 S. Crater Road  Petersburg, VA 23805
(804) 526-3400

Published in The Progress-Index from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2014