She was born in Taylorsville, NC at the Alexander County Hospital on August 20, 1969 to Beauford and Liniel Keever. She was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and at that time there were no pamphlets, no early intervention centers, no support groups, no anything to help her parents. In fact, the doctor recommended institutional care and said she may not survive her teen years, and she would be a burden for them and their other children. They chose to bring her home and love her which the family very much did.
Carol attended school at Taylorsville Elementary in special education classes with her lifelong friend, Kim Rector (daughter of Peggy Rector of Hiddenite). Then one day Carol decided she was going to “QUIT” and after a year of her telling everyone “I QUIT school”, her mama and daddy let her. During the last part of her school years, mama had to work the family store and was not able to drive Carol to and from school. Ken (who would later become her brother-in-law) was offered by Carol’s mother a honey bun and drink to watch over Carol on the bus. Carol looked forward to daily trips to eat, get ice cream, or a slushie with her daddy who’s loving name for her was “Sister”.
After her mama’s death in 2016 Carol went to live with Ken and Debbie and brought so much joy to their lives. Everyday there were new discoveries of her personality, her sense of humor, and the realization that she understood so much more than she was able to communicate. Some days she thought she was the boss and was allowed to be. She loved her slushies and pizzas from Ken and friend Debbie Hammer. Over the last year and a half Ken has taken Carol for rides or burgers each night. She would start begging to “GO” as soon as he walked into the house. They would ride the roads, visit friends or family, and even stop to eat at her homeplace. During the last few months when her health had deteriorated so much and she was in pain she was able to have lucid moments where she was telling friends and family “love you” and giving hugs and kisses. Carol’s hugs and kisses were the best and could brighten anyone’s day. The songs, “Jesus Loves Me”, “B-I-B-L-E”, “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, and The Beach Boys gave her comfort recently when nothing else could. Carol enjoyed going to her home church, where she received lots of hugs and kisses from her friends. After her mother’s death when she came to live with Ken and Debbie she enjoyed going to their church, where she was special to the congregation, but as soon as church was over she was headed for the door to go eat and she would insist that Ken quit talking and come on while she was headed to the vehicle. If he didn’t respond she would start hollering across the parking lot “Lets Go, Lets Go, Now”. Prior to her health deterioration she loved beach music, karaoke singing, writing in her notebooks (especially the word -BAPTIST).
Carol really loved her caregiver Linda Dalton of Hiddenite. She enjoyed her baths and shampoos everyday which she insisted on as soon as she walked in the door. Linda continued to visit bringing Sundrops, snacks, and gifts after she was no longer a caregiver but a friend. Carol’s hospice nurse Luann became her friend and a great source of comfort to Carol’s sister Debbie. Her weekly visits brightened both Carol and Debbie’s day. She enjoyed visiting with her case worker Stephanie once a month, but she was always insisting we hurry up and go eat making Stephanie laugh about it.
In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by, her nephew, Ethan Keever Bennett. Carol is survived by her loving caregivers who were also her sister and brother inlaw, Debbie Keever and Ken Bennett of Statesville. Other family left to cherish her memory includes: sister Judy Wilson, brother Link Keever (Cindy), nieces Tamra Wilson (Roger) Talisha (Chad) Logan, nephews Rocky (Atina) and Russell (Amber) Keever, great nieces and nephew, Brianna and Brooklyn Roberts, Callie Logan, Charlotte Keever, and William Keever.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 1, at 3:00pm at Carol’s home church Hiddenite Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Memorials may be given to, Hiddenite Community Helpers Food Pantry, in care of Hiddenite Baptist Church, 250 Hiddenite Church Rd., Hiddenite, NC 28636.
Tamara and family, so sorry for the passing of your aunt. That was a beautiful obituary.
Tracy Johnson - Morganton, NC
Where to start? I first met Carol when I was 15 years old when she and her mom went to Stony Point Church Of God. I was instantly drawn to her beautiful laugh and smile and having grown up with an uncle who has a intellectual disability, I made friends quickly with her. She was always a joy to be around and to converse with - sometimes I knew what she was saying others, not so much, but no barrier was ever so great that a smile or a laugh could not bridge. I have often thought of her, many times actually, even as I have aged. I am so glad to read she was well loved and taken care of. You see the Carol’s in this world are the sunshine’s that God puts here to remind us to keep our child like faith and first love to him! I pray he will bless you with peace in knowing that she is home and that she touched many many lives while we were blessed to have her. ♥️♥️
Stephanie Cartner - Orlando, FL
What a beautiful tribute to your precious Sister. She was so lucky to have such a wonderful caring family. She was welcomed into Heaven by
her Mom and Dad …. can you imagine that reunion. She will forever live in your hearts. Love and Prayers to you all.
Jimmy & Marie Rector - Stony Point, NC