SHELBY - Mildred Keeter-Davis, 93, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Sterling House in Shelby. Born in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Abroth Waddell and Leah Mildred Jolley Hamrick. She was also preceded in death by her late husband, Hoyt S. Keeter, Sr.; brother, Broadus Hamrick; sisters, Linaria Philbeck, Ola Blanton, Odenia Goforth, Inez Hamrick, Nellie Peeler, Lois Clark, and Mable Whisnant.
Mildred was born in Mooresboro and was a lifelong resident of Cleveland County. She spent her life enriching the lives of others by supporting many charitable organizations. She served on the boards of the Abuse Prevention Council of Cleveland County, the YMCA, and the Boys' and Girls' Club of Cleveland County. She served also as vice president of the Shelby Junior High School PTA. When Shelby-Cleveland County decided to pursue the acquisition of the American Legion World Series on a permanent basis, Mildred gave the lead gift to make that dream the acknowledged success it has become.
Mildred's faith was very important to her, and she demonstrated its importance by teaching in youth activities, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School.
Even though she was never an employee of Keeter Ford, she spent countless hours supporting her late husband Hoyt S. Keeter, Sr. in his efforts to make Keeter Ford into the highly respected Ford dealership it became and continues to be.
Mildred had an adventurous spirit and loved being outdoors where she could indulge her passions for gardening, golfing and fishing. She served as the garden club coordinator for the Cleveland County Fair and was a long-term member of the Cleveland Springs Garden Club.
Family members called her Mimi and describe her as compassionate, generous and loving. She was most proud of her three grandchildren, who were the highlights of her life. Whether they were involved in dance, baseball, beauty pageants, soccer or school, Mimi was their biggest supporter and cheerleader.
All who knew her will continue to celebrate her as the advocate she was for family, faith and community.
Mildred is survived by her husband, Russell S. Davis, Sr.; daughters, Millie Keeter Holbrook and husband Eddie Holbrook of Shelby, and Billie Kathryn Keeter Coffee and husband Demetrius Coffee of Marietta, Ga.; step-daughter, Deanne Keeter Robertson and husband Jerry Robertson of Shelby; step-sons, H.S. Keeter, Jr. and wife Sandra Keeter of Shelby, Russell S. Davis, Jr. of Charlotte, and Robert G. Davis of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Brittany Kathryn Spangler, Royce Patrick Spangler, III, Alexandria Keeter Coffee, Dean S. ""Sonny"" Davis, and Morris Durham Davis; and long time caregiver, Bonita Culbreth.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory. At other times the family will be at the home of Mille and Eddie Holbrook.
Celebration of life service: 4 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church sanctuary
Officiated by: The Rev. Tony Tench
Burial: Will follow in Sunset Cemetery
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to the American Legion World Series, 117-A West Warren Street, Shelby, NC 28150, Cleveland Community College Foundation, 137 S. Post Road, Shelby, NC, 28150, or Girl's & Boy's Club of Cleveland County, 412 West Sumter Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
Online condolences: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com