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Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr's
Keeney Update
was published from December 1983 to November 2006

  The Keeney UpDate was published by Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr from December 1983 through November 2006
In 1978 Roscoe Keeney of West Virginia published "2,597 KEENEY RELATIVES", focusing on the Moses Keeney (son of John, original Keeney settler in VA/WV) family from 1750.  Five hundred copies were published and distributed and the material was out of date so no new printing was scheduled.  Piles of additional material came in (from those who refused to respond when asked earlier), prompting the need for an organ to keep all these relatives up to date. In the eighteen years following UPDATE has spread in coverage to 45 states and numerous articles and family listings have been published, with authors mainly from Oregon, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and elsewhere.  The issues have been financed by voluntary contributions from a couple of dozen appreciative family members.  R. Keeney

In an e-mail from Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr.
DATE: Wed, 09 Apr 2003 16:24:38 -0400
You're free to use the information in UPDATE at will and I don't need any credit (or thanks),  
R. Keeney 

Daniell L. Keeney, Owner & Webspinner of www.k-f-g-online.info

In September 2012 I found out that Roscoe had passed away.  Below is his obituary.

Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr.
Roscoe C. Keeney Jr., 89, formerly of Witcher, died March 8, 2012. Fiddle & Frame is in charge of the pending memorial service.

Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr.
Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr., 89, passed away March 8, 2012. Born September 13, 1922, in Witcher, he was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe C. Keeney, Sr., and Maggie Paxton Keeney; four sisters, Julia Arthur, Frances Kilburn, Alma Rose and Margaret Kapanowski; and three brothers, Nick B. Keeney II, Calvin C. Keeney and William H. Keeney Sr. He is survived by 21 living nieces and nephews.

Roscoe's early education included the one-room Witcher School, Belle Elementary, Belle Junior High School and Malden High School, where he graduated in 1939. Roscoe worked at DuPont Plant in Belle before being called into the U.S. Army and assigned to the 99th Infantry Division. He was transferred into personnel shortly before the 99th was almost obliterated in the Battle of the Bulge.

Returning home to family hardships, Roscoe became an office employee at Kelley's Creek Colliery Company in Ward. After circumstances changed, he entered Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, graduating magna cum laude in 1948. Following graduation, he became Staff Director of Youth Work for the West Virginia Baptist Convention, with an office in Parkersburg. Receiving his M.A. in political science from WVU in 1952, he opted for working as a recruiter for Alderson-Broaddus, and began teaching at Wallace High School, Harrison County. From the fall of 1952 to 1955 he taught science and civics at Logan Junior High School, inspired by teaching top ability students. Living on the top floor of the Baptist parsonage, he served as volunteer youth director at First Baptist Church.

Returning to Witcher, he was employed to chair the Social Studies Department at the newly built Cedar Grove High School in 1955. He taught at CGHS until the school consolidated with East Bank High School in 1970, except for a two-year leave of absence to serve as president of the West Virginia Association of Classroom Teachers. In the fall of 1970, he moved across the river to East Bank High School, becoming social studies chairman after one semester. At both high schools he taught journalism and supervised school publications; sponsored an active HI-Y Club; and sponsored the UN Club, which included participation in the annual WVHSUN Model Meetings and an annual trip to New York to visit the UN, meet and interview UN representatives from all over the world, plus attend outstanding Broadway and Radio City plays and concerts. With students from Welch to Parkersburg, Roscoe helped more than 1,000 West Virginia high school students get their first taste of international relations and New York, N.Y.

Teacher organizations opened up a world of other opportunities, beginning with three years of service as president of the county organization; four years as vice president and president of the West Virginia Association of Classroom Teachers; vice president and treasurer of the West Virginia Education Association; West Virginia member of the Board of Directors; and International Relations Chairman of the National Education Association, representing U.S. teachers in educational gatherings in Ottawa and Calgary, Canada, Jakarta, Indonesia, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel, Montreaux, Switzerland and Brasilia, Brazil, with side visits to Thailand, Chile, Panama and other countries.

Retiring early from teaching, Roscoe answered a long delayed call to ministry. In 1984 he was ordained as a Baptist minister by the Cedar Grove Baptist Church. The next year he was called to serve as pastor of the Baptist Church in Handley, where he remained until 1990. "Retiring" again to Governor's Court near the West Virginia State Capitol, he served as associate and interim pastor at Kanawha City Baptist Church.

His retirement continued to present challenges and temptations. Kanawha County retired educators called on him to serve three terms as president. For six years he served as president, and for another five years as archivist for the West Virginia Baptist Historical Society, headquartered in Parchment Valley. He authored a history of the WVBHS; a history of the West Virginia Baptist Camp in Cowen; and an exhaustive history of the Kanawha Valley Association, including profiles of all the member churches and their ministers since 1873.

His "retirement" years included substitute pastoring; serving as vice president of the WVB Historical Society; president of the Kanawha Association of Retired Educators; Legislative Chairman and chief lobbyist for the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees; chairman of the Reorganization Task Force for WVARSE; and WVARSE president-elect. But the biggest obsession in Roscoe's life was genealogy. Blessed by a mother and father with amazing memories, Roscoe published 2,597 KEENEY RELATIVES in 1978, plus a quarterly KEENEY UPDATE, which he published until stricken by illness in 2006. He published PAXTONS FROM WEST VIRGINIA in 1975, and completely revised it in 1999 with WEST VIRGINIA PAXTONS. He also published 6,474 SLACK RELATIVES in 1984. His research and books were all prepared without the benefit of the computer age.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Kanawha City Baptist Church with Pastor Ron McClung officiating. Interment will be private.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Fiddle & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roscoe C. Keeney Scholarship Fund, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV 26416; or Kanawha Hospice Care, Inc., 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Keeney Update December 1983 page 1 Keeney Update November 2006

Mary Winner has taken on the task of redoing the Keeney Updates into a more readable rendition while trying to keep close to Roscoe's original format the first issue she has sent in is the June 1985 issue and is available in two formats a word format and a PDF. She does about one issue a week so keep checking back.

PLEASE note: These will open in a new window.

Keeney UpDate v = volume & n = number
For a word document click docx, the first PDF was created  from the word docx the second PDF is from a scan of the newsletter.
(Note the word docx is an automatic download).
Issue v = volume n = number text version created from docx Scanned newsletter
v1n1 December 1983   docx PDF PDF
v1n2 March 1984 docx PDF PDF
v1n3 June 1984   docx PDF   PDF
v1n4 September 1984 docx PDF PDF
v2n1 December 1984   docx PDF   PDF
v2n2 March 1985 docx PDF PDF
v2n3 June 1985   docx PDF   PDF
v2n4 September 1985 docx PDF PDF
v3n1 December 1985   docx PDF   PDF
v3n2 March 1986 docx PDF PDF
v3n3 June 1986   docx PDF   PDF
v3n4 September 1986 docx PDF PDF
v4n1 December 1986  docx PDF PDF
v4n2 March 1987  doc PDF PDF
v4n3 June 1987    doc PDF PDF
v5n1 March 1988  doc PDF PDF
v5n2 June 1988    doc PDF PDF
v5n3 September 1988  doc PDF PDF
v6n1 February 1989    doc PDF PDF
v6n2 May 1989  docx PDF PDF
v6n3 September 1989    doc PDF PDF
v6n4 December 1989  doc PDF PDF
v7n1 March 1990    docx PDF PDF
v7n2 June 1990  doc PDF PDF
v7n3 September 1990       PDF
v8n1 January 1991     PDF
v8n2 May 1991       PDF
v8n3 December 1991     PDF
v9n1 May 1992       PDF
v9n2 November 1992     PDF
v10n1 February 1993       PDF
v10n2 May 1993     PDF
v10n3 September 1993       PDF
v11n1 January 1994     PDF
v11n2 May 1994       PDF
v11n3 September 1994     PDF
v11n4 December 1994       PDF
v12n1 March 1995     PDF
v12n2 August 1995       PDF
v12n3 December 1995     PDF
v13n1 March 1996       PDF
v13n2 June 1996     PDF
v13n3 September 1996       PDF
v13n4 December 1996     PDF
v14n1 March 1997       PDF
v14n2 June 1997     PDF
v14n3 September 1997       PDF
v14n4 December 1997     PDF
v15n1 March 1998       PDF
v15n2 June 1998     PDF
v15n3 September 1998       PDF
v15n4 December 1998     PDF
v16n1 March 1999       PDF
v16n2 June 1999     PDF
v16n3 September 1999       PDF
v16n4 December 1999  doc PDF PDF
v17n1 March 2000       PDF
v17n2 Spring 2000     PDF
v17n3 August2000       PDF
v17n4 December 2000     PDF
v18n1 March 2001       PDF
v18n2 June 2001     PDF
v18n3 September 2001       PDF
v18n4 December 2001     PDF
v19n1 March 2002       PDF
v19n2 June 2002     PDF
Summer 2002       PDF
March 2003   PDF
September 2003       PDF
June 2003   PDF
March 2004           PDF
June 2004          PDF
September 2004       PDF
December 2004   PDF
March 2005   PDF
April 2006     PDF
Summer 2006   PDF
August 2006   PDF
(Final Issue) November 2006 PDF

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