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“Mr.Keck was the sweetest man i've ever had the pleasure to meet. He's so loved and i'll always remember him. My heart is with y'all through this...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Katy Joyce Health Depot - AR

“I knew Mr. Keck thru Health Depot. We always loved when he came in to share stories or play a little music. So sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: John Hall - GREENWOOD, AR

“OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY OF MR. KECK DURING HIS PASSING. HE WAS MY FAVORITE FACE TO SEE WALK THROUGH THE PHARMACY DOORS! HEALTH...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: krista the health depot - Friend

“I first met Ray and Bonnie when I dated their daughter. Later, I lived in a house just down the road and visited with them some. Some 20 years...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Rick Altes - Greenwood, AR

“Wonderful memories of our band with Marvin McCullough at radio station KWHN in Ft. Smith, back in the mid-50's. Love and prayers for the family, Gene...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Gene Blackwell - Fort Smith, AR

“What a wonderful man and good soul! He was a rare find in this old world. My prayers are with the family. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Jack James - Lavaca, AR

“So many memories of Uncle Ray and Aunt Bonnie. Would love to be there, but not possible due to health issues. Please know you are in our thoughts...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: David and Darlene Keck - Rolla, MO

“Lora,I will always remember the wonderful memories of you and your parents. I know that your love was very special. We are praying for you and...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Carolyn Reeder - Trussville, AL

“I always enjoyed hearing Ray play the mandolin and hearing him sing. He always brought a smile to my face. Your family is in my prayers. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Travis - Family Friend

“Condolences to all the family. Prayers for peace and strength during this time of griefCarolyn and Jack BowenLavaca, Ar ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Carolyn Bowen - Lavaca, AR


Ray Keck of Greenwood passed away Monday, April 9, 2018, at the age of 88. He was born in Lavaca, AR, on December 26, 1929 to the late John Henry Keck and Elva Langston Keck. Ray married the love of his life Bonnie Rainey Keck on July 8, 1949. Bonnie preceded him to their heavenly home where she awaited his homecoming. Ray was also preceded in death by his eight siblings: Lennie, Arlan, Arvil, Raymond, Leona, Cline, Lola, and Dayton.
Funeral service will be 2PM Thursday, April, 12, 2018, at Smith Mortuary Chapel with burial following at Nixon Cemetery in Charleston, AR under the direction of Smith Mortuary. Rev. Jimmy Cook will officiate.
He is survived by his daughter Lora Grosvold and husband David, Grandaughter Lindsey Dillard, sister in law and brother in law Dortha Rainey Harris and Harold Harris, sister in law Betty Keck, a special nephew and his family Lewis, Penny, and Daisy Harris, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Ray learned to play the mandolin at age 4 and has become a local musical legend. He played on the Louisiana Hay Ride, with Smiley Mac and the Dixie Ramblers, Gene Newby and The Round Mountain Boys, Sweetwater, Meno's Bible Class Musicians, at various churches and at countless charitable events.
Ray is best known for his love and devotion to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was always willing to share his belief with anyone who would listen and with some who wouldn't. Rest High on that mountain Ray as you play your golden mandolin for your Lord, Amen.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 5PM to 7PM at Smith Mortuary Charleston, AR.

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