Frances Perry Keeter

September 10, 1927 - October 7, 2020
Frances Perry Keeter

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On Wednesday, October 7th, 2020, Frances Perry Keeter passed away from the worldly bonds that had restrained her into immortality and joined her husband, Calvin, and her son, Chris, in God’s presence in Heaven.

Frances was born in Chowan County on September 10, 1927. She lived her early years at Smalls Crossroads, but later met and married a dashing serviceman, Norman Calvin Keeter, on June 26, 1949. Frances and Calvin moved to Elizabeth City where they lived for over sixty years. Frances was employed by Norfolk & Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company, which later became Sprint, retiring after thirty-two years as Regional Marketing Supervisor. Upon retirement, Frances pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher and enrolled at Elizabeth City State University where she graduated in 1987 with a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Early Childhood Education. After teaching at Albemarle Academy for two years, she continued her passion for learning and earned a Master of Education degree in 1990 from East Carolina University. Thereafter she embarked on a career in teaching, primarily at College of the Albemarle, for several years until the death of her lifelong love, Calvin, in 1995. Despite her career with the telephone company and later educational pursuits, Frances was a devoted member of First Baptist Church in Elizabeth City for forty years, serving as a children’s Sunday School Teacher, Church Librarian, Deacon, and on countless committees. She will be remembered as a devout Christian, fiercely independent, extremely smart, driven, passionate, caring, spunky and fun-loving.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Calvin Keeter, and oldest son, Norman Chris Keeter. She is survived by her son Jeffrey (Jeff) P. Keeter and his wife Rhonda; grandchildren, Christian Scott Keeter and his wife Lacy, Nathanael (Nathan) Perry Keeter, Joshua (Josh) Logan Keeter, and Hallie Mackenzie Keeter; great-grandchildren, Felicity Belle Keeter and Serenity Grace Keeter; brother, Stan Perry and his wife, Mary; sisters, Peggy Hooper and Barbara Sawyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 W. Main St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Keeter family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at

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Local arrangements by Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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