Hilda Earle Keith

July 26, 1929December 18, 2014

Keith, Hilda Earle Coulter, age 85, died surrounded by friends and family on Thursday evening, December 18, 2014. A selfless giver of kindness, she enriched the lives of every person blessed to have crossed her path. She loved and was loved more deeply than most, and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She was a resident of Shannondale Retirement Community. A native of Knoxville, she graduated from Knoxville High School and attended the University of Tennessee. She taught at Tennessee School for the Deaf and retired from Knox County Schools. Hilda was a gifted soprano soloist who sang throughout her life. As a teenager she won the National Soloist Competition and sang at Soldier Field in Chicago. She sang with the James King Chorus and the Knoxville Choral Society in her younger years. She also sang for many years at her church, Vestal UMC, and in her last years with Shannondale Singers and Golden Tones. She was also a gifted artist who sold many of her paintings at Knoxville events. Hilda was a member of First UMC, the church in which she grew up. In 2010, Hilda won the Florence Crittenton Agency’s Mother of the Year Award. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hettie and Earle Coulter; brothers, David and Herbert Coulter; and nephew Matthew Keith Christian. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Lemuel G. Keith, Jr.; son, David Keith and wife, Nancy; two grandchildren, all of Knoxville; daughter, Deborah Jane Keith, of New York City; sister-in-law, Carolyn Coulter; niece, Ann Coulter Orr and husband, Allen; grand-nieces, Christen and Catherine Orr, all of Lilburn, GA; sister-in-law, Martha Keith Farrelly and husband, Bruce, of Knoxville; nephew, Bill Christian, Jr. and wife, Sherry, of Greenback, TN. A memorial service for Mrs. Keith will be held First United Methodist Church at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Association to Protect Children can be made at or mailed to NAPC P.O. BOX 2187 Knoxville, TN 37901. Berry Funeral Home is serving the Keith family. Mrs. Keith’s final resting places will be with her family at Woodlawn Cemetery and in the Atlantic Ocean which she loved all her life.


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Kenny Clawson

July 22, 2015

Sorry to hear of Hilda's passing. She was a great neighbor and friend.


January 2, 2015

So sorry and stunned. My prayers are with Ms. Hilda's family. I will truly miss her weekly hugs. Spread your wings Ms. Hilda you will be missed.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.

Sherry Hamrick

January 1, 2015

Dear Lemuel and family. So sorry to hear about your loss I loved you both so much from when I worked at Walgreens and she was so special and you could feel the love from her ..I have missed you both so much my thought and prayers are for you and David and Nancy and Deborah and family ..God Bless you all

Sherry Hamrick

Bill and Bobbie Reynolds

December 28, 2014

Lem,David and Debbie and family-Bobbie and myself have the deepest of sorrow for the loss of such a precious lady.We have a self made friendship needle point she made for us at the lakehouse that we will always treasure.We loved her dearly.Heaven got a great one this time.

December 27, 2014

Dear Lem and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless and comfort you. Miss Hilda was a most kind, precious and lovely person. I have many happy memories of good times shared with both Lem and Hilda. Love to you all.

Kay Welch Galyon-Lawson

December 27, 2014

May the memories of all the goodtimes forever brighten your heart.Prayers to you and the family.Deana Greene (kroger)

Suzi McGuire

December 26, 2014

Hilda will be greatly missed by all who loved her. She was a bright light to us. Our prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Suzi, Marcus and Haley Claire

randy nash

December 24, 2014

Dear David & Debbie. I have many wonderful memories of your mother - usually in your living room. She was a very kind, wise and gracious woman (and patient with me). So sorry for your loss. Praying for you today. Love. Randy Nash

December 23, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Keith family at this most difficult time. Lem, David, Nancy, Presley and Colt know that I am thinking of you and praying for you. Thankful and blessed to have known Hilda Keith. Love, Vicki Cutts

Gina and Bob Everett

December 23, 2014

Our sympathy is with you in this your time of grieving. Your mother was a very sweet person. I can't tell you how many times over the years Bob and I have run into your mom and dad at Kroger and stood there talking, talking, talking! Such wonderful people!! You should be proud!