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Jack H Keel

March 31, 1931 September 23, 2017
Jack H Keel
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Mr. Jack H. Keel 86 passed away at his residence on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Mr. Keel was born in the Long Branch community of Barnwell County on March 31, 1931. He was the son of the late James Robert Keel, Sr. and Lelia Hair Keel. He was married to Mary Bodiford Keel for 64 years.

Mr. Keel grew up working on the family farm and the Barnwell Peanut Company. He then worked for the U S Post Office and Folk Buick as he began working part time for the State Farm Insurance in 1958. He later went to work full time with State Farm until his death. During his almost 60 years with State Farm he won many awards and more than lived up to State Farm's motto "like a good neighbor State Farm is there."

Mr. Keel loved God first, his family and all the many people of Barnwell County. He raised his two boys with Mary in a Christian home and was an excellent role model of hard work, kindness and compassion for family and friends. His grandchildren was certainly one of the greatest joys of his life and could always make him smile and laugh. He loved doing for others and helped many in Barnwell.

Mr. Keel was a Mason, served on Barnwell City Council, chaired and served on the Barnwell County Hospital Board, chaired and served on the Lower Savannah Regional Council of Governments, and the South Carolina Commission on Aging.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 3 PM in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Cato officiating. Burial will follow in the Hair Cemetery off Hwy 37 near Williston, SC. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 100 PM until 2:45 PM. Memorials may made to the St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Mole Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include sons Harold (Tricia) Keel and Mark (Jeri) Keel; Grandchildren, Amanda (Brent) Cobb, Caroline (Jonathan) Younts, Will Keel and Cody Keel; Great grandchildren Aden, Jax and Mary Cohen Cobb. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Bodiford Keel, sisters Myrtle Goodwin, Lucille Childress, Mattie Lou Birt Dyches, Helen Keel, Mildred Keel and brothers Cecil, Ralph, Murray and Junior Keel.

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