My 4th Great-Grandfather’s Obituary: Frederick Keck


Frederick Keck was born near Nashville, Tenn., December 31, 1828 and departed this life near Witter, Ark. on Tuesday, January 17, 1911, aged 82 years and 16 days.

In 1884 he married Miss Mary P. Shopner and to this union there were born two children. Emigrating to Arkansas in 1855, he located in this county. Four years later his wife died and a year or more later he again married. This time his wife was Miss Millie Driver and to them were born ten children. His twelve children all lived to reach their majorities when four sons and one daughter were called away to be followed by his second wife in 1896.

Seven children, 37 grand-children and 37 great grand-children survive him. He professed his hope in Christ at an early age and became a member of the Regular Baptist Church, of which he remained a faithful member until his death. His Bible was his constant companion and he tried to live up to its teachings. He had the unique distinction of having never been in a court house while court was in session, never had a law suit or attended a trial in a justice’s court. His last illness was of about three years duration and his suffering at times was severe. Up however until two or three weeks before his death he was able to sit in his chair and read his Bible. The end came peaceful and like one going to sleep he passed away.

Interment was made in the Smith Cemetery beside the body of his first wife, funeral services having been preached by Rev. Will Harris.

It was sad for us to have to part with him but we feel that he has only gone to the home which he striving so hard to reach. And we believe that if we remain steadfastly faithful to the end, we will meet him in that beautiful home above.

A Grandchild



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