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Shirley Pate Keen Narron

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Aug. 21, 1933 — Dec. 31, 2019

GOLDSBORO — Shirley Pate Keen Narron, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Eagle’s Pointe.

Shirley was born in Goldsboro on Aug. 21, 1933 to the late Troy Wendall Pate Sr. and Eva B. Suggs Pate. She was a 1951 graduate of Goldsboro High School where she medaled in swimming and competed at the state level. Shirley was raised in First Baptist Church of Goldsboro and was married in 1951 to J.P. Keen of Goldsboro. After their marriage, they moved to Princeton where they started the family business, Princeton Plumbing and Heating. While living in Princeton, she served on the recreation and booster clubs as well as participated in many fundraisers that funded the community parks and the Princeton pool. Shirley was a member of the Princeton Women’s Improvement Club.

Shirley was a member of Princeton Methodist Church for more than 30 years and later became a member of Selma Baptist Church, where she shared the love of God as a member for more than 20 years. She was also a charter member of the Cardinal Country Club and a founding member of the Lady Cardinals. Shirley loved the game of golf and if it was a beautiful day, she enjoyed being on the links sharing a round of golf with her friends. She will be remembered by her family as an incredible homemaker who enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting and quilting.

The family received friends Thursday at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate her life in the chapel with Pastor Andy Stovall officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Shirley is survived by her children, sons, Steve Keen and wife, Beverly, of the Rosewood community, Gary Keen and wife, Dorinda, of Sneads Ferry, John Keen and wife, Linda, of Kenly; daughter, Tracey Tew and husband, Wayne, of Ocean Isle Beach; seven grandchildren, Adam Keen, Blair Barnes, Ryan Keen, Emily Keen, Carson Tew, Trent Boykin and Meagan Park; and six great-grandchildren, Adair, Preston, Keller, Campbell, Madilyn and Sydney; her sister, Peggy Pate Chappell of Richmond, Virginia; and brother, Troy W. Pate Jr. and wife, Joyce, of Goldsboro.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, J.P. Keen and Hugh Narron.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Shirley’s memory to The Bridge, 188 Whitley Church Road, Princeton, NC 27569.

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