Anne Whitehurst Keel




On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Anne Whitehurst Keel, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, went to be with Jesus at the age of 86 years. She is survived by her husband, Sam, her children, Gregory, LuAnne, and Daniel, her brother, Bill, 15 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She was the daughter of Samuel Clayton Whitehurst, Jr. and Florie Morgan Whitehurst. She was predeceased by her oldest son Howard Gray Keel. She was born at Whitehurst Station, but spent the majority of her life in Bethel. The last few years were in Tarboro. She attended East Carolina University and graduated with a Master’s in Education. She taught music at both Bethel Elementary and Middle Schools and later the 5th grade.

She was active at Bethel United Methodist Church for many years as a choir member and as a Sunday school teacher.

Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was passing along her faith in Jesus Christ to her kids and to the community at large. To know Anne Keel was to know something about God and to be prayed for.

Visitation will be held at Carlisle Funeral Home Friday, February 9, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm.

There will be a graveside service at the Bethel Cemetery in Bethel, NC on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church. Put Anne Keel in the memo. The collected funds will be donated to Kehilat HaCarmel (Carmel Congregation), a Messianic Jewish congregation in Haifa, Israel, led by Daniel and LuAnne Keel Sayag (Anne’s daughter).

Donations may be sent to:
Bethel United Methodist Church
PO Box 207
Bethel, NC 27812

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting