Mrs. Willie Mae Keel transitioned from Life to death on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Willie Mae, age 64, was born on January 1, 1949 in Rocky Mount, NC to the late Willie West Whitaker and Annie Roberson Grant.
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Willie Mae accepted Christ at an early age beginning her Christian journey at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Jasper, Florida and completed the course at New Dayspring Missionary Baptist Church, Lake City, Florida.
Willie Mae was educated in the Hamilton County School System, graduating with the Hamilton High School Class of 1968. Willie Mae affectionately worked in Culinary Arts for many years before establishing her own restaurant "Mom's Kitchen" which she proudly owned/operated until her health failed.
Willie Mae also served as a faithful member of the B&S Combs Elks Temple #1238 where she served in many capacities including the Orange Blossom Council of District 1.
Three siblings preceded her in death: Frank King, Burnell Roberson, and Dorthy Daniels.
She leaves to cherish her memories; two daughters: Sandra Keel and Alnesia Jackson, both of Lake City, Florida; two sons: Reginald (Clara) Keel, Jacksonville, Florida and Fredrick Wilson, Lake City, Florida; five sisters: Christine (John) Mason, Titusville, Florida; Alice Twyman, Lancaster, PA; Ann Brown, Tallahassee, Florida; Juanita Alford and Irene (Leon) Claridy both of Jasper, Florida; two brothers: Julius Whitaker, Atlanta, Georgia; and Norman Whitaker of Jasper, Florida; eight grands: Jamecia, Marquis, Marcus, Malaycia, Fortune, Fredrick Jr., Clardonna, and Brittnee; two great-grands: Ke'Yon and Kadreona and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and sorrowing friends.
Funeral Services for the late Ms. Willie Mae Keel will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00am at the New Dayspring Missionary Baptist Church 709 NW Long Street, Lake City, Florida; Rev. Lantz G. Mills, Sr. Pastor; Rev. I.L. Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 18, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at New Dayspring MBC. Arrangements entrusted to COOPER FUNERAL HOME, 251 NE Washington Street, Lake City, Florida 32055
Published in Lake City Reporter on Jan. 17, 2013