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Honor Mission
CMSgt Charlie A. Keener, Retired
USA, USAF – WWII, Korea, Vietnam
North Little Rock, Arkansas – 04-27-20


The Patriot Guard has the privilege of honoring CMSgt Charlie A. Keener, who passed away April 22, 2020. Mr. Keener was born in Red Bay, Alabama on April 29, 1928. He was the oldest son of 11 children. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 68 years and all his siblings. He is survived by his son, daughter, 4 grand children, and 4 great grandchildren. He misrepresented his age in order to join the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a veteran of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He retired after 30 yeas of active service as Chief Master Sergeant. During his career CMSgt Keener achieved many awards and decorations in which he was very proud of. Following his service he worked at Southern Paper Box Company for 18 years. He was a member and longtime usher at Immaculate Conception in North Little Rock. With a genuine outgoing and friendly personality, Charlie was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Staging Time: 09:00 AM

Rest Hills Memorial Park
7724 Landers Rd.
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117

Ride Captain:

Richard “ Pa Pa G “ Gentry

Special Instructions:

Staging: 0900 AM.
Briefing: 0915 AM (Grave side service only)
Respect line: As the Coach arrives.
Flag line: 0950 AM for a 10:00 AM SERVICE
The PGR will be preforming Military Honors. Mudd will put that team together for “Taps, folding of the flag and presentation, then the plaque presentation.
We will follow the CDC Guidelines.
Cages welcome!
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Richard Gentry
Position: Arkansas Ride Captain

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April 27, 2020
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  1. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Charlie Keener. May the peaceful moments and cherished memories bring you renewed strength in the days to come. Thank you for your service to our Country, and your dedication to protecting the freedoms we all enjoy. Rest in Peace.

    Joe “Magic” Maglie, TSgt, USAF (Ret)
    PGR National Staff/AR Ride Captain

  2. Thank you for your service. “Aim High Chief”
    Condolences to the family in this difficult time.

  3. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this hero. Thank you for your service sir. May you now rest in eternal peace.

  4. Our hearts are grateful for the life and service of CMSgt Charlie A. Keener. His service for the love of … freedom … has benefited the lives of untold millions of our world’s citizens. He will not be forgotten.
    Go rest high on That Mountain Sir.

    Slow . Hand . Salute .

  5. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Charlie A. Keener. May God keep you in His loving arms and give you His peace during this time.

    CMSgt Keener, thank you for your service. You are an American hero and will not be forgotten.

    Roger A. Vander Lugt
    USAF/Arkansas Air National Guard
    PGR Member

  6. Michelle and I wish to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this American Hero. We would like to thank this Hero for your service and sacrifice in the protection of our freedom. You will not be forgotten. We pray you rest in peace.

  7. Thank You brave warrior for your service. A grateful nation shall never forget. Prayers for family and friends in this time of remembrance.

    We stand with feet planted firmly on rich soil knowing what freedom is. Because of our veterans, I am free to honor God and country without persecution. Where there is injustice, I am free to fight. Where there is silence, I am free to speak. Where there is hate, I am free to love.

    Ed Dillard
    Arkansas Patriot Guard Riders

  8. I extend my sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss. May God wrap His arms of healing, strength, and grace about you. It is indeed a great privilege to stand in the presence of greatness as CMSgt Keener.

  9. My condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of such a fine man. To have served during three wars he’s a true hero . A fine christen man, a father, husband, grandfather. He will be missed by all. Thank you sir for your many years of service to our country. Rest In Peace sir .
    My thanks to the family for inviting the Patriot Guard Riders to Honor your ( our ) Hero . It is our Honor to do so. May God Bless and be with you all.
    Richard “ Pa Pa G “ Gentry
    US Air Force – Retired
    PGR -Ride Captain

  10. My hearfelt thanks to this warrior and his family. Without his service we would not enjoy the freedoms we have. Prayers for the family for healing the void left in his absence.

  11. Family and friends, we care deeply about your loss and consider it a privilege to stand with you in Honor of your Hero. Our Country owes CMSgt Keener a huge debt of gratitude for proudly serving the cause of freedom in three Wars at great personal sacrifice. Prayers for comfort and strength on behalf of your family and friends. Welcome Home Brother, Rest In Gods Eternal Peace Hero, Slow Hand Salute.

    Jerry Ashby
    Arkansas State Captain

  12. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of CMSgt Charlie A. Keener. May the peaceful moments and cherished memories bring you renewed strength in the days to come. I would like to thank Mr Keener for his service to our Country, and his family’s support during his service. His dedication is appreciated while protecting the freedoms we all enjoy. Rest in Peace Charlie!

    Don Hewett
    AR. PGR
    US Army

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