William Frederick McKeel

April 16, 1945 - June 8, 2020

04/16/1945 - 06/08/2020

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Friday June 12, 2020
11:00 am
Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Hwy 42 West
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – William Frederick McKeel, age 75, affectionately know to many as “Dancin Freddie” passed away on June 8, 2020 at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mr. McKeel was born in Hertford County on April 16, 1945, a son of the late Herbert and Vadis Blowe McKeel. William worked and retired as a warehouseman for W. H. Basnight & Son in Ahoskie. Freddie was proud to have served in the North Carolina National Guard for several years. In his younger days, Freddie loved to show off his dancing skills, often break dancing for small audiences in Ahoskie, hence the nickname. He loved fishing, shopping and good food, especially barbecue and pizza. The biggest love of Freddie’s life was his family which he enjoyed being with.

Besides his parents, Freddie was preceded in death by most of his siblings.

Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, April (Willie Morring) Davis of Murfreesboro, NC; his son, Darryl (Loida) McKeel of Chesapeake, VA; two granddaughters, Brittney (Kevin) Johnson, and Kaylea Davis; a grandson, Brendan McKeel; a great grandson, Noah Johnson; and a sister, Ethelene “Duke” Hoggard of Elizabeth City, NC.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:00 am at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the McKeel family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.




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3 years ago

I wanted to send my personal condolences on the passing of Freddie. Freddie was a valuable member of the Basnight family for many years. All his peers at Basnight were fond of Freddie. Freddie had a wonderful personality at work and our customers enjoyed being associated with Freddie. Regards, Michael Basnight

Hank & Dianne William's
3 years ago

April we are sorry to hear for your loss prayers for and your family

Kay Blowe Edwards
3 years ago

My deepest sympathy to the family. I have known Freddie most of my life, we were in school together. Prayers for comfort and peace. God bless.

3 years ago

Hi April. This is Sheree Jacob’s, Rn. I’m saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. Just know that there are prayers being whispered on your behalf from my lips to God’s ear . Be of good courage…God is with you all. Sleep well Mr. Mckeel.

3 years ago

Hey April, this is Sheree Jacob’s, Rn. I’m so saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. Just know, I’m whispering words of prayer and comfort from my lips directly to God’s ear on your behalf. Take care and be of good courage. God is with you all. Sleep well Mr. Mckeel.

Angela & Jeff Blanton
3 years ago

April we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Comfort you through this difficult time . Deepest Sympathy Angela & Jeff Blanton

Wanda K Taylor
3 years ago

Sorry for your loss April. Praying for comfort and peace.

Becky “Burkett” Adams
3 years ago

Daryl and April, you and your families will be in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss!

Tonya Freeman
3 years ago

Prayers for peace and comfort. Bless you all!