Donald Henry McKeehan

May 22, 1946 ~ March 20, 2019 (age 72)


DONALD HENRY "DON" McKEEHAN,  age 72 of Athens, Tenn. passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in NHC of Athens, Tenn. He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, Tenn., a son of the late John Henry and Inez Davis McKeehan.  He was a member of Eastanallee Baptist Church. He started his career in the grocery business as a teen at E. R. Kinser's grocery store, was supervisor for his brother's Alfred's IGA, and later, opened his own, Don's Food Center, for over 20 years. He was a 32-degree Mason belonging to Meridian Sun Lodge #50, Scottish, and Alhambra Shrine.

He was preceded in death by:

  • His wife: June Lynnell Hester McKeehan,
  • Three Brothers: Alfred McKeehan, John Ray  McKeehan, Jimmy McKeehan,
  • Sister: Virginia "Toots" McKeehan
  • Father-in-law: Ralph Hester.

Survivors include:

  • Daughter and Son-in-law: Donna and Kent Bridges of Athens, Tenn.,
  • Two Sons: Ricky McKeehan and Chad McKeehan both of Athens, Tenn.
  • Five Grandchildren: Jordon (Robert) Nelson, Taylor Bridges, Cole McKeehan, Cade McKeehan, and Corbin McKeehan,
  • Mother-in-law: Levena Hester
  • Brother and Sister-in-law: Karl and Shirley McKeehan of Athens, Tenn.,
  • Sisters-in-law: Dean McKeehan, Martha McKeehan, Miriam McKeehan,
  • Brother-in-law and Wife: Eddie and Susie Hester, and Jimmy and Pat Hester,
  • Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 7:00 P.M. Friday, March 22, 2019 in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Dr. Carlos Peterson officiating. A Masonic service will be held at the beginning of the service Friday evening. 

Interment will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 23, 2019 in McMinn Memory Gardens

Active pallbearers will be Robert Nelson, Dewayne Gann, Joe Swafford, Scott McKeehan, Shawn McKeehan, and Eddie Hester.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital Attn: Dale Wallenius 110 Conn Terrace Lexington, KY 40508,  or Pat Summitt Foundation 520 W. Summitt Hill Dr Suite #1101 Knoxville Tn 37902.

Condolences may be sent to

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn. in charge of arrangements. 

To send flowers to Donald's family, please visit our floral section.


March 22, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home
521 N. Jackson Street
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
March 22, 2019

7:00 PM
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home
521 N. Jackson Street
Athens, TN 37303

Graveside Service
March 23, 2019

11:00 AM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1739 County Road 560
Athens, TN 37303


Pat Summitt Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Dr Suite #1101, Knoxville TN 37902

Shriner's Hospital for Children Medical Center
110 Conn Terrace, Lexington KY 40508

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