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George Thomas Keltner, 94, Columbia, KY (1926-2020)

George Thomas Keltner of Columbia passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020 at his residence. He was 94 years old.

Funeral services will be held at 11amCT on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at the Columbia United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Haven Hill Cemetery.

The funeral service will be livestreamed on Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home Facebook page.

A walk-thru visitation will be held from 9amCT until 11amCT on Thursday at the church.

For the health and respect of the family, please follow all rules for social distancing and everyone attending will be required to wear a mask or face covering.

Born on July 18, 1926 in Mell Ridge, KY he was the son of the late Thomas Alfred and Montrie Blaydes Keltner. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years Bobbie Sizemore Keltner, two daughters Lisa Carol Keltner and Jennifer Keltner and six siblings Carl David, Rollin, and Jesse Keltner, Alta Marie Finn, Mozetta Hatcher, and Mary Keltner.

George enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 at the age of 17. He served during World War II in Italy and North Africa. Upon returning home, George moved to Manchester, KY where he worked at his brother-in-law's grocery store until the start of the Korean Conflict, when he once again enlisted. After that he came home and met the love of his life, Bobbie Sizemore and they married in 1959. They settled in Stanford, KY until 1964 when they moved to Columbia and built K & F Grocery, which they owned and operated until 1988. Following his retirement, George worked at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home as greeter for 25 years.

He was a member of Columbia United Methodist Church, where he served on various committees, as a Sunday School Teacher, and unofficial greeter. His greatest friends were made at his church and he was a dedicated Christian and servant. George worked tirelessly for the Republican Party and served as the local party chairman for many years.

George dearly loved his family, including his many nieces and nephews. His favorite occasions were when he was surrounded by family. Many wonderful hours were spent at his kitchen table with a cup of coffee, stories of his past, and lots of laughter. He was incredibly witty and quick with a joke.

Survivors include two daughters Leslie Keltner and Alissa Barnes (Bob) both of Columbia, KY and five grandchildren Elise Murrell of Lexington, KY, Charlotte Murrell of Columbia, KY, Thomas Murrell of Lexington, KY, Payton Barnes of Nashville, TN and Logan Barnes (Emily) of Russell Springs, KY.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

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George Thomas Keltner, 94, Columbia, KY (1926-2020)

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