CHESTER – Mrs. Clara Louise Carter Keenan, 83, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Chester Regional Medical Center. She was born June 20, 1929, in Colbert and was a daughter of the late Ernest Carter Sr. and Carrie Whitworth Carter. Mrs. Keenan was the widow of Carson Keenan. Mrs. Keenan attended the schools of Colbert, Ga. and Chester County. She was retired from Springs Industries as an inspector. Mrs. Keenan was a member of Chester First Baptist Church and was a wonderful cook. Mrs. Keenan is survived by two daughters, Clair K. Payne and her husband, David, of Atlantic Beach, N.C. and Cynthia K. Phifer and her husband, Tollie, of Chester; a son, Dr. Joseph C. Keenan and his wife, Debbie, of Lancaster; five grandchildren, John David Payne of Raleigh, N.C., Josh Payne of Chester, Sam Keenan and Caleb Keenan, both of Lancaster and Tori Sanders of Chester; two great-grandchildren, Carson and Lillie Sanders, both of Chester; and two sisters, Marie Roberts of Chester and Shirley Moore of Cosby, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters, a daughter, Carson Marie "Fleepy" Keenan, and an infant daughter, Kelly Christina Keenan. A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at First Baptist Church in Chester, officiated by the Rev. Clay Waldrip, a private interment followed. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 518, Chester, SC 29706; Hospice Care of S. C., 173 Columbia St., Chester, SC 29706 or American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Online condolences for the family can be made at www.barronfuneralhome.com. Barron Huneral Home cared for the family of Mrs. Keenan.
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Published in The Lancaster News on Mar. 13, 2013