Toney Monroe Keeney was born to loving parents who taught him good Christian values. Keeney was a truly loved and respected botanist who loved the study of plants as much as he loved anything else. He was a devoted grandfather, father, and college professor, as well as a deacon at the South Getty Street Church of Christ in Uvalde, Texas. He was a member of the Knippa Fire Department, Knippa Lions Club, and the Knippa Water Board. He coached Little League and was a leader for the Cub Scouts. To add to his astonishing list of deeds and accomplishments, Keeney also served on the Knippa School Board for many years. He began teaching Biology at Southwest Texas Junior College in 1967 and taught there until his retirement in 1999. He married his high school sweetheart, Carrie Clark, in Bend(etsen), Texas in 1966. They became the proud parents of several children. Keeney's famed accomplishment was the creation of the official Southwest Texas Junior College herbarium, which houses all of his botanical studies. He was responsible for working on the growth and repopulation of a rare Texas shrubbery called Texas Snowbell. Most of the citizens of Southwest Texas called him the "Walking Southwest Texas Plant Encyclopedia". Keeney will be missed by all of his former students, and fellow SWTJC faculty. The Herbarium at SWTJC was dedicated in his honor in May 2004 on the campus of SWTJC. Several of his colleagues and students attended and honored him for his biological endeavors.