David Charles Keller

Born: Sat., Dec. 6, 1958
Died: Sat., Apr. 6, 2013


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 09, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 10, 2013
Location: LaFayette Funeral Home

Graveside Service

12:00 PM Thu., Apr. 11, 2013

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.Dateline: Fayetteville


Retired SFC David Charles Keller Sr., 54, died Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Cape Fear Valley Hospital.


Mr. Keller was born on December 6, 1958 in Patchogue, NY to the late William Keller Jr. and Carol Harkness. After retiring from the US Army in 2003, he went to work as a sergeant with the Harnett County Correctional Institution. He was also a squad leader on the Department of Public Safety Adult Prison Emergency Response Team. He loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Joyce Keller.


Left to cherish his memory are his wife LuLu Keller of the home; children, Cindy and Dan Ferguson of Durham, NC, Tammy Keller of Fayetteville, NC, Kristy and Bob Wolter of Livonia, NY, David Jr. and Mari Keller of Stafford, VA, Luis and Dana Fermin of Fayetteville, NC and their families; six brothers, Billy Keller, Fred Keller, Larry Keller, Christopher Keller, Scott Harrell and Bobby Gorman; three sisters Pat Keller, Dot Phillips and Carole Giles; twelve grandchildren, Victoria, Jay, Elizabeth, Brittney, Brianna, Alaina, Kailyn, Miguel, Anadely, Alecia, Louie and Abbi.


Visitation will be 3:00-6:00 PM Tuesday, April 9, 2013 and 6:00-9:00 PM Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at LaFayette Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6651 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304.


Graveside services with Full Military Honors will be 12:00 Noon Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, 400 Murchison Road Spring Lake, NC 28390


After the Graveside Service, the family will meet for lunch at the Beauty Spot Baptist Church located at 7572 Raeford Road, Fayetteveille.


 Arrangements for the family are in the care of LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304. On-Line condolences may be made at www.lafayettefh.com.



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   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to you Lu, Cindy, Kristie, Tammy, David and all the Grandkids too. I am still in shock but the thing I do know is David was a wonderful, kind, loving man just to name a few as well as a devoted family man. All men today should follow his examples in life and this world would be a much better place. I love you all and will truly miss seeing his smiling face and hearing the bike crank up in the mornings to go to work and I could go back to sleep knowing everything outside was OK. Such a tragedy but know I am here to help anyway that I can. I am praying for comfort and healing for all of you!

Shelby Blackmon
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Your family is in my prayers.

Jo Phil & Kelly
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Our hearts are broken for all of you....Dave was such a wonderful person... thinking of him all that comes to mind is his kind, gentle ways yet very strong... one of a kind person.....Hope all of you can get through all the pain you are going through, we want to help you in any way that we can...We love all you...Take good care of each other....all our Love Always...Jo, Phil & Kelly xoxo

Kenneth wilson
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
I just wanna say to the family that i am deeply sorry for your lost and my prayers are with you in this time. I pray that God will lift your hearts and give you peace in these coming days.

Johnathan Jones
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Sgt. Keller was a very good man, I am going to miss him I pray for his family and I hope that they can find peace

Dianna Trogdon
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
To The Family of Sgt. Keller: I worked with David for 6 1/2 years at Harnett. He was a wonderful and kind spirited man. I pray that God will continue to give you strength in your days and weeks ahead. The world has lost a wonderful man but God has gained another angel. Your family will contine to remain in my prayers. May God bless you. Dianna Trogdon, Sanford Correctional Center.

Dve Dixon
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Sgt. Keller will be missed, I have only served with him a short while on the Prison Emergency Response Team (PERT), but I got along with him right away. He is one of the most easy going people that I have met in a long time, and works tirelessly on PERT. I will miss him! and I wish to express my deepest condolences to his family, I know he will be missed!

Samantha Arendt
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with this family during a very hard time. My heart is very heavy and Sgt. Keller will be missed very much. He was an inspirational man to me; someone who I looked to for genuine leadership. He was a man who could find the simplest ways to be serious yet completely sarcastic at the same time and it was my favorite thing about being around him. If there was any way he could help someone out he expressed it and I have very fond memories of him offering me tea and cream for the days when I was very tired in the dorm and did not have coffee. I'm saddened to have to say goodbye to a sincerely great man.

Deanna and Edwin Bonnell
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Our sympathies and prayers are with your family at this time. Our contacts were brief in the adoption of David's nephew, but strongly remembered for the integrity and role model that he showed in a truly difficult time.

Ramon Gutierrez
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Sgt. Keller was a good man with a good heart and a good soul.Even in an environment where it is easy to become cynical and cold hearted, he was always there to give a warm smile or a kind word. No matter how busy he was, he always made time to help in any way he could. Sgt. Keller will be missed.

My thoughts and prayer are with his family and friends.

   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
My thoughts and prayer to all Davids family. I will personally miss him. We sat side by side at line up for almost 10 years, as officers and sergeants. He was a friend as well as a coworker. He always had a positive outlook. Now he will be looking down towards us.

Christina Williams/Farwell
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
Uncle David...I am sure going to miss you always answering the phone whenever I called up there from Florida. You were such a sweet kind hearted Uncle, Husband, Father, Son, Grandpa and friend to everyone. This is still such a shock to me, I cant get over that you are gone. I know you are up in heaven with my Papa and Nana looking down on us waiting till we meet again. Please watch over my Aunt Lu, you did soo much for her, you were the best husband ever, please keep her strong. Its killing me that I cant be there for her. I wish I understood why you had to be taken this way and hy so early. Questions Ill never know and understand. Till we meet again..I will always remember and love you

Rev. Willie T. Beasley
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
I have many great memories working with Sargent Keller at Harnett Correctional Institution. He was not only a good friend but a brother in Christ. He was very devoted to God, his country, family, friends, and co-workers. Sargent Keller will be remembered by everyone he crossed paths with in his life and will truly be missed. My deepest condolences and prayers are with his wife, children, grandchilren, and friends!

2 Corinthians 5:8
8.) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

"Our loss on earth is heavens gain"

Barbara Beasley ( Officer Willie T. Beasley Wife)
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
I did not know Seargent Keller personally. My husband worked with him at HCI and always talk about how much he loved him and enjoyed working with him. Also how all the officers were not only co-workers but family. No one is ever expecting to get the tragic news they got on Saturday morning April 6,2013. When you loss one of your co-workers and a dear friend it is like losing a family member. I know he is truly going to missed at work but I know that God will see them thru this trying time. I want the family to know that they will truly be in my heart, thoughts, and most of all my PRAYERS.

Psalm 30:5
5.) For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

   Posted Mon April 08, 2013

Sgt. James chappell
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I am sorry to hear of the untimely death of Sgt. Keller, he will be greatly missed, i have known him to be a realiable and dedicated man. My family will be praying for your family and I pray that the family find strength in your time of loss.

Sgt Karen Pennell
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Sgt Keller will be greatly missed.I and Sgt Keller started at HCI at the same time he always inspired me.I truly Will miss his smiling face.My thoughts and prayers are with the Keller family.

Peggy Quagliano
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I worked with Sgt. Keller at HCI. I will always remember him as a gentleman and dedicated to his career. May his family be surrounded with GODS' Blessings of love, peace and comfort at this time and always. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Psalm 23

Bobby Marshall
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Sgt. Kelller was a man of honor. He always gave his best and I respected him for that. He was always ready to take on a task and to make your day better. I will miss him and the support he always gave to this office.

Bobby Marshall
Asst Supt of Custody.

Eric Harkness
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
So sad for the loss of David. He was the one Keller nephew I didn't have the opportunity to meet. My thoughts go out to his loved ones.

Johnalee Redfern
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My deepest sympathy is being sent to the Keller family. I did not get the privilege of meeting Cindy's dad but I know just from hearing the way she has talked about him over the years that he was a wonderful man, much like my own father. Cindy, I understand the devastation you are feeling right now and wish I could take it from you but know how lucky you are to have had a man like him to call Daddy. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family.

God bless you

Loni Kate English
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I pray for wellsprings of solace to manifest in unexpected ways for all of you. As you move though this profound loss, know that each tear is an act of love and the true beginnings of healing. I pray that you cling to each other and ask for support when you need it. I thank a man whom I never met for being such a loving part of my friend Cindy's life. In love, Loni Kate

Jimmy Currin
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family of Sgt David Keller. Sgt Keller and I were fellow PERT members and I was blessed to have been able to spend a lot of riding time and work time traveling to PERT activations with SGT Keller and PIEDMONT REGION PERT. During these times I became to know Sgt Keller as a man who loved his family dearly. He was dependable and reliable as a co-worker and was always available whenever I called for any PERT duties, no matter the time of day. He was loyal, dedicated, trustworthy and a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless.

kenny peele
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My God be with the family.

Christopher Gregory
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
I knew Sgt. Keller mostly from greeting him at the front gate at HCI. He was very dedicated, and was always among the first to show up for duty each day. He was always cheerful and soft spoken. I could not remember if he ever said anything to me of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ, but I sensed that he was a child of God, just in the ways that he spoke and carried himself. After reading brother Willie Beasley's condolence message, I am truly happy to know that he was bought by the blood of Christ !!! It is hard to understand why he has left us so early, but I know that God has a wonderful man with him now. I will pray for David's family, friends, and co-workers. May God bless and be with you all.

Jose Perez
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
I want to express my condolences to the Keller family and friends. As a former paratrooper and fellow biker I was saddened by the news. Old troopers never die we just slip away. RIP Brother!!!

Cecilia Cuevas (Zepeda)
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Behalf of my family, we are very sad to hear about the loss of your father.
"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." Emily Dickinson

Carlos Cortes SFC (RET)
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
David "recruited" me to "replace" him in the 82nd Airborne Division G7. His professionalism enabled a smooth transition and made life easier for me in the years to come. His no nonsense, but people-person, approach was also part of his legacy. He touched my life and that of others in a very positive way; All The Way! May God keep him close to His heart.

Cynthia Gibbs
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
So sorry to had heard about SGT Keller. I had the chance to work with him and he was always the same each day that you saw him. He had a positive outlook on life and took his job seriously. Prayers go out to the family and all others that knew and thought well of him. May he forever RIP.

Andrew J Aguirre SFC (Ret)
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
I was in the 82d Airborne with Dave Keller and worked with him on Shift 1A; he was the same every day; He always spoke of his Children and was a dedicated and professional. Inmates respected him. I was honored to meet his Family Wednesday night.

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