Willie Lee Keitt, Sr. was born on November 18, 1957 to the late Isaiah and Jessie (Pickney) Keitt of Orangeburg,
South Carolina. He was the eleventh born to the couple.
Considering, at an early age, he was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and later joined Jerusalem Holiness Church of Branchville, South Carolina.
Willie loved playing sports, he was proficient in football, tennis, wrestling and track and field. Everyone deemed him as a beast and a strong-willed athlete. He played throughout grade school and excelled well in his academics. He was a graduate of the class of 1977. After graduating from Orangeburg Wilkinson High School, he started his first job at the Chicken Poultry of Columbia, South Carolina; followed by JW Pickens, Greenwood Mills, and ended at Fashion Fabric.
Willie loved his family like his last dollar depended on it. He was a family man, and he had a passion for various genres of music. He sung a bit of Teddy Pendergrass, O’Jays, Anita Baker, Lee Williams and the Canton Spirituals. His favorite cars were the blue Chevrolet Impala (Heavy Chevy) and the green Chevrolet Caprice.
A wise man he was, to know him was to honor, respect, and love him. He was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
He leaves to cherish fond memories, his wife of 43 years, Evangelist Eva M. Keitt of the home; four sons: Willie L.Keitt, Jr., Jocolby L. Keitt, Shane L. Keitt and Nathaniel Sumpter; two daughters: Reena Y. Keitt and Octavia Keitt; two nieces that are reared in the home: Iannyana K. Gadson and Key’Mone N. Gadson all of Orangeburg; fourteen grand-children; two sisters: Pearlene Glover and Rosa Jackson both of Orangeburg; three brothers: Leroy Keitt and Bernard Keitt of Columbia, SC, and Nathaniel Keitt of Orangeburg,SC; eight sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Rogers Terry; a special sister, Selina Keitt; two special daughters: Tomeka Robinson and Shatina King; two special nephews: Steven Felder, Jr. and Travis Glaster; two special sons: James Shumpert and Melvin Milligan and a host of other nieces,nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and friends.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Saturday, September 11,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home from 1:00pm until 7:00pm.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 12,2021 at Belleville Memorial Gardens beginning at 2:00pm. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.
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