Keith C. Kent
KENT, C.P.A., Keith C. On October 9, 2016, Keith Charles Kent, C.P.A. was welcomed into Heaven after a long and fulfilling life of 95 1/2 years. Born in DeQuincy, Louisiana on April 10, 1921, Keith graduated as salutatorian of his 1938 high school class, edged out by his future wife-to-be Louise Goode, who was the class valedictorian. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree (with distinction) in 1942. Keith served in the Army Air Force during World War II, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He flew 25 missions over Europe as a waist gunner on a B-17 bomber. Married in 1944, Keith and Louise made De Quincy their home for several years. After earning a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas, Keith moved his family to Shreveport, Louisiana where they lived for 25 years and raised their family of five boys. Keith and Louise moved to Waco in 1977 while their younger sons were attending Baylor University. After practicing public accountancy for 35 years, Keith retired, and later moved with Louise in the early 1990's to Dallas where two of their sons live. Keith was known for his quiet, gentle nature, his hearty laugh at a good joke, and his devotion to family, church and profession. He was a Deacon in his churches in Shreveport, Waco and Dallas (Gaston Oaks Baptist). He was President of his local chapters of Certified Public Accountants in Shreveport and Waco. After a brief illness, Keith died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 71 years, Louise, in January 2016, his brother Glenn R. Kent, M.D. of Mt. Pleasant, Texas in October 2016, and his parents Marvin A. Kent and Ottie (Perkins) Kent of DeQuincy. He is survived by his five sons Stephen and wife Pattye (Bay City, Michigan), Craig and wife Ruth (Ruston, Louisiana), David and wife Carol (Dallas), Paul and wife Lyn (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Creighton and wife Donna (Dallas), along with 12 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Eddie Claire Kent (Mt. Pleasant), nephew Kevin Kent and his wife Jill (Mt. Pleasant), and niece Katy (Kent) Walker and her husband Philip (Rockwall, Texas). Visitation will be at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5:00 7:00 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at Restland on Saturday, October 15, at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be offered at www.restlandfuneralhome.com . Memorials can be made to the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, 7557 Rambler Rd. Suite 1200, Dallas TX 75231-2388, or www.texasbaptists.org/give .
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