Chee Keams, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, in Winslow after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Keams was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Cedar Springs, Ariz. He retired from the El Paso Natural Gas Company in 1979 after 25 years. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy, joining when he was 17. He was stationed on the carrier USS Ashland. His job was to transport military dignitaries to various locations using smaller U-Boats. He lived a long full life, rich in love and family. And at death, he was surrounded by those who loved him. He will be deeply missed by all.
Mr. Keams is survived by: Daughters Bonnie Yearley of Gallup, N.M., Darlene Loretto of Albuquerque, N.M., Carenda Robinson of Tampa, Fla., Isabell Karns of Gallup, Cynthia Sandoval of Thoreau, N.M., Nyana Leonard of Cedar Springs, and Virginia Moore of Crystal, N.M.; sons Sammy and Ferris Keams of Cedar Springs; brother Willie Keams of Dilkon, Ariz.; sisters Merreta Keams of Leupp, Effie Nezzie of Dilkon and Betty Yazzie of Winslow; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Winnie Jackson Keams and son Terry Cornell Keams.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at Dilkon Nazarene Church in Dilkon. Pastor Dean Bahe will be officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Cedar Springs.
Arrangements were by Greer's Mortuary of Winslow.