"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, Henceforth there laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at the day and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Timothy 4-8.
Louise Keys, 87, of Danville, passed this life Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at 6 p.m. surrounded by her family at her residence.
Louise Duckworth was born March 30, 1930, in Bay Springs, Miss., to loving parents U.M. and Adline Duckworth. She was formerly married to D.C. Keys in 1947; to their union was born nine children. Louise worked at George's Buffet for many years after which she retired from Peterson Puritan-CCL. She loved people, cooking, gardening, working in her yard, fishing, sewing, ironing, shopping, traveling, taking long car rides, listening to good music, watching her Christian programs, and just quiet times talking to the Lord.
Louise loved her Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST and at an early age she surrendered her life to the Lord. She was a church mother at New Jerusalem Church, where she was known to some as Mom, Mother Keys, Mrs. Louise, Mrs. Keys, Grandmother, Granny, Aunt Louise, Baby (given to her by her great-grandson Javon), but her favorite was "MOTHER LOVE" given to her by her nieces and nephews, the Crosby children. To Louise there was nothing like her children, grandchildren and church family, enjoying the music, praise dancers, but most of all the preached Word. Where at any moment she would shout "Thank you JESUS, Hallelujah" and step out into the aisle with a dance or a walk of her own. Always smiling, kissing and embracing all she could. Louise had a way of making each and every person she talked to feel special or like they were the only person in a full church, house, family event, store, walking down the street or wherever. She never met a stranger that she didn't try to at least say hello to. She would talk for hours encouraging, uplifting, praying or just listening. Her laugh and smile was so contagious that you wanted in on the conversation. Louise LOVED unconditionally, loving neighborhood children, always asking about the mothers in the neighborhood, her nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, their children, grandchildren, church family as though they were her very own. She was that big sister always very concerned about her siblings. This was a reflection of her up-bringing.
Louise leaves to cherish her memory six remaining children, four sons, Dee Willie Keys of Indianapolis, Ind., Truman (Carolyn) Keys, Pastor Bobby (Rose) Keys, and Jimmy Keys, all of Danville. Two daughters, Vickie (Randy) Westley and Brenda (Leslie) Fisher of Danville. Daughter-in-law Gayle Keys of Danville, and son-in-law Jerry Wilkerson Sr. of Michigan. Not only raising her own children but opened up her heart and home to extended family raising two grandson, Douglas (Kelsey) of Lafayette, Ind., and Marcus Keys of Danville; two nephews, Willie and Roy Duckworth; three brothers, Cloanger (Pinkie) Duckworth, Charlie and Willie Duckworth all of Danville. Two sisters, Anna Gunn of Urbana and Bobbie (William) Patterson of Champaign. Thirty-one grandchildren, 83 great-grand children and a host of other relatives.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, U.M. and Adline Duckworth; former husband, D.C. Keys; two sons, Timothy and Junior Keys; one daughter, Joyce Wilkerson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; her loving grandparents, Charlie and Georgeann Duckworth; and special uncle and aunt Jake (Sallie) Duckworth; five brothers, Stoney, Roamey, Junior Ray, Charles Edward (Chicken) and Charles Ray Duckworth; two sisters, Sadie Mae Duckworth and Myrtis Bryant.
A Home going Celebration will commence at 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 24, 2018, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman Avenue, Danville. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Officiating: Pastor Bobby Keys Sr. Interment will be at Springhill Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 21, 2018