Frances Perry Keeter thumbnail

Fances Keeter

September 10, 1927 - October 7, 2020

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

You may also share memories and condolences with the family by clicking on the “Condolence tab” below.

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

Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Fances by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Leave a Condolence

Be the first to share a memory of Fances.

Post a Condolence

What our families say...

“Michael Gubista took over the care of my husband and oversaw all of the services. He explained everything thoroughly and he even added some personal touches of his own and welcomed all the attendees that were very meaningful and thoughtful. He really listened to me and provided excellent support at an extremely difficult time.” – Barbara L.


A Session ID is required to purchase jewelry with your loved one's fingerprint, click here to continue. If you do not have an ID, click here to contact us to get your Session ID.