Keith Marlon Fred
January 16, 1941 – December 18, 2020
On December 18, 2020, Keith M Fred, loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor passed away at the age of 79, one month before his 80th birthday. Keith was born January 16, 1941 in Levelland, TX to L. Gibbs Fred and Zelma M. Grice Fred. Keith was the youngest of 8 children.
On February 10, 1962 Keith married Nadine Canard Fred. They raised three children, Todd, Nichole and Jessica. Keith was preceded in death by his father, his mother, one brother Troy, three sisters, Jean, Dell and Gaylene; and one son, Todd. He is survived by his wife Nadine; two daughters, Nichole Robinson (Calvin) and Jessica Maloney (Craig); daughter-in-law Kim, and grandchildren, Brandon (Melissa) Robinson, Spencer Fred, Sydney Fred and Alisha Robinson (Austin) Shaw. He is also survived by two sisters, Louise Newton and Nell Frey Morris of Levelland, TX; one brother, Bobby (Helen) Fred of Denver City, TX and a host of nieces and nephews and their spouses and children.
Keith attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland, TX before graduating from Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico where he received a BS degree in 1964 and MS in 1965. He received his Ed.D degree in Exercise Physiology & Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1972. Keith’s career began in 1965 at Flint Community Junior College in Flint, MI, where he was the Intramural Director, taught physical education and coached the track team. In 1967 his career took him to Illinois State University in Normal, IL where he started as assistant and then Director of Intramurals and eventually became the Director of Campus Recreation.
In 1981 Keith wanted to return to his Texas roots to be near his family. It was then that he entered into a business venture in Dallas, TX with Donna and Anton Skell at Skell Enterprises, where they were building and operating a chain of 9 Cosmopolitan Lady health clubs and in conjunction with the health club industry developed a software company, HealthCheck, Inc. In 1993-2003 other business ventures took him to Memphis, TN, and Sarasota, FL before retiring.
The theme throughout Keith’s life has been a personal ministry to serve others and encourage them to find their faith in Jesus. Even though he was an introvert by nature, he went out of his way to connect with others, to pray for needs he saw on a daily basis. He especially had a heart for children and those who struggled in life. His love was for their spiritual well-being and he sought to encourage their faith. He especially loved his family – Nadine, his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and many friends. He spent a lifetime in pursuit of being physically fit – working out every day of his life in some capacity, earlier years in jogging and weight lifting, in his later years he moved to walking and at the fitness center to the elliptical machine and weight lifting. Even on the morning of his death, he did his weight workout in the garage (which he had started doing during Covid).
Keith was an active part of our community HOA Board. It was his last act, sitting on the sofa answering emails one minute and next he was called home. The family is thankful he did not suffer and miss him so much already. Those of us close to him knew that his main desire was to return to his Maker and Savior.
A Celebration of Life has been planned 2 days after Keith’s 80th birthday on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Chapel, 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75007. The church is set up for social distancing and we respectfully request that you wear masks. For those uncomfortable with attending in person, the service will be recorded and Zoom conferencing will be made available during the service. A link will be made available here on this site prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Roaring Lambs Ministries, 17110 Dallas Parkway, Suite 260 Dallas, TX 75248.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.teddickeywestfuneral.com for the Fred family.
Celebration of Life
Monday, January 18, 2021
Keith Marlon Fred
Jeanette Serpas Colletti
January 18, 2021
To Nadine and the family of Dr. Keith Fred.
It was an honor and privilege to work with Keith at Cosmopolitan Lady in Dallas. He hired me to be a part of his sales team in 1982. My memory of Keith is his kindness, sincerity of heart, respect for all that worked with him and especially his devotion to the Lord. He invited me to attend a Bible Study at the corporate office in which he led. I had prayed that Our Lord would lead me to work for a Christian Company and Keith confirmed my answered prayer in his invitation to his Bible study. I was blessed and graced that God allowed our paths to cross in this life. He was one of the most honorable men I've been privileged to meet and my prayers are with his beautiful family during this time of grief.
January 8, 2021
Sorry to hear about Keith's passing. Knew him from from the TMC fitness center in West Plano. Nice, respectful, intelligent , and very serious about his fitness. RIP fitness warrior. JR Sudduth, USN-SOC
January 3, 2021
Keith was a dear friend, a business partner, and Brother in Christ.
For forty years we worked, laughed, and prayed together. He loved
Nadine and his family so very much, and treated all people with
respect as GOD'S creation. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Rest in Peace my friend.
January 2, 2021
I just read about Keith's passing. Keith and Nadine were my neighbors across the street when I lived in Cordova, TN. Keith was always so kind to me and always offered his help from the day I moved into my new home. I always remember he always had a smile on his face and an encouraging word to say. My thoughts and prayers are sent to Nadine and the entire family. Keith's was truly a life well lived.
December 28, 2020
Knowing Keith was a blessing in my life. His commitment to giving of his time along with the character he always exhibited made him a standout among others. As for me, Keith was one of those special human encounters that served to remind me what an even keel / balanced life can be. I join all those that had the pleasure of knowing Keith in saying his earthly presence in our lives will be missed. His influence will live on.
December 28, 2020
There are many special memories of my friendship with Keith. Sharing our life experiences and reinforcing the values we had in common. I respected Keith's humility but also his firm stance on opinions once he weighed all the facts.
He was a gentleman and patriot who loved and unequivocally supported his family. A dependable friend who always had my back.
He stepped up volunteering and managing HOA board projects with his conscientious and dedicated work ethic. He was quick to recognize a vendor's exceptional work but also ready to correct them if necessary. Our mutual respect quickly developed. Becoming good friends, we often consulted as trusted colleagues. Keith's wisdom was always grounded in his strong Cristian belief, living his life by Christian example, treating all with respect and dignity. You could always depend on Keith for a solid, unselfish well-thought opinion. We enjoyed solving many of the world's problems during our morning coffee meetings!
Mostly he was a good, loyal friend that I will sorely miss. The pain of missing him is tempered by the fact that he is now with our Lord.
December 27, 2020
Mr. Keith was a very kind man. I met him and Nadine at the Roaring Lambs Bible Study. He laughed at my jokes and always commented on my Facebook posts. He saw Nadine and I wearing matching colors one day, and grabbed my camera to take a picture of us! He had teared eyes once when I told him that because of his influence on the spiritual growth of Donna and Anton, here I was, 30 years later being benefited from it, because I was just now learning about the Rapture of the Church. Mr. Keith, what a glorious day it will be when you come down with Jesus to meet us in the clouds!!❤
December 26, 2020
I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Mr. Fred when I was in the 6th grade - his precious daughter Jess and I became the best of friends and have remained so ever since. My friend had the most loving and special daddy. I can still see his squinty smile as he said “Hey Jess!” so many times.
What an amazing Godly man who loved his family fiercely!
December 26, 2020
Nadine, Nicole and Jessica,
Trish and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers for God's comfort. You are so special to us as God's vessels who lead us to Him. I'll never forget walking home after classes at ISU and Keith running the track. I had had him as Intramural Management instructor so already knew him. That one question he asked me that changed our lives...where we would spend eternity when we left this earth. That led to us becoming children of God and wonderful friends with your family. Keith was a true example to me of character, a Christian man and what it meant to walk in the spirit. We thank God for you all and cherish our friendship.
December 25, 2020
Keith was a fine gentleman who lived just a few blocks away from me and Lawana. We both attended Prestonwood Baptist Church and became friends through the prayer ministry, Cosmopolitan Lady, and Bible study. Our sincere condolences to Nadine and the Fred family. His contributions were manifold on so many levels. Don and Lawana Conry.
December 23, 2020
My sincere condolences to Nadine and the entire Fred family for the loss of Keith. God bless you all.