Mildred McKeithen

Passed July 19, 2021


Obituary For Mildred McKeithen

Mildred McKeithen, passed on July 19, 2021. She was born in Vass, North Carolina on July 12,1944 about 15 mins from Southern Pines, North Carolina. Mildred was raised by her grandfather, Edwin McKeithen, which she thought the world of with great admiration. Edwin was blind and had one leg but despite his disabilities he managed to successfully raise all his children and Mildred on his own.

Mildred graduated high school and attended college with studies in Communications. She then moved to Connecticut where she took a great employment opportunity at Bell South Atlantic (now owned by AT&T). She was employed there with 30 years of service until she retired on November 11, 1995. In 2000 she decided to move back to North Carolina to enjoy her home roots. She settled in Raleigh to enjoy retirement. Mildred enjoyed shopping, interior design, and cooking. She especially enjoyed taking frequent weekend shopping spree trips to New York City. She loved Lord & Taylor’s department store as well. She was a faithful, loving, and devoted Christian woman who attended church regularly.

Her religious beliefs were evident, you knew this woman loved the Lord and she would proclaim that. She paid her 10% tithes faithfully; however, she also believed in paying herself as well with the finer things in life that she didn’t have growing up. She showed this with her attire. Ms. Mildred stayed dressed beautifully from the crown of her head to the soles of her feet every time she stepped in the sanctuary for praise and worship, going to work, or just stepping out.

She is survived by her only child, Jewel Dior Rankins, her daughter which stayed by her bedside until her last breath; as well as her and her two grandchildren which she loves wholeheartedly, Tristen Mi’Lee Keene (13) and Omari Zane Rankins (2).




Memorial Service

03:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

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  • Jewel, I was so sorry to hear of Mildred's passing. We worked together at the Norwalk phone company (SNET)before you were born. Your Mom was such a nice person God bless you and your family. Peggy L Slade

  • Jewel, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember thr CT days and spending a lot of time with you and your mom. She will be missed as she already was since you guys left CT. Praying for you - Sinseara

  • My sincere condolences to you and your family I pray that most high grants you peace within. Don't be afraid to grieve it is part of the process and know that she will always be with you and in your heart.❤️❤️ I'm always here for you, Love Yani.

  • John 16:22 NKJV Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. Jewel my heartfelt condolence for the transition of your mother.  May time heal the sadness that you feel right now. I pray your faith will give you strength in each new and passing day by God's grace. May you find peace in the lovely memories you shared with your mom. Love Always your sister Tressy Harvin & Family 🙏❤

  • My deepest heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. I pray that God gives you comfort in your time of need

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