Sydney Earl McKeel

September 10, 1928February 9, 2013

Sydney Earl McKeel, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the age of 84. He was born in New Bern, North Carolina, to parents, Leslie and Zelphia McKeel, on September 10, 1928. Sydney was an avid outdoorsmen, enjoying camping, fishing and travel. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and in Vietnam, earning multiple metals including the bronze star. Sydney will always be remembered for the love and dedication he had for his family and his country. He will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Vernon McKeel, Maxine Bahmer, Leslie McKeel, Billy McKeel, Doris Farmer and Donald McKeel. Sydney is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sriya McKeel; children, Darrell R. McKeel, Rose M. Nicholas (John), Salitporn “Sal” McKeel (Anna), Sidney McKeel (Olga), Seth McKeel (Patty), Sasi Faildo (Mark), Joe McKeel ; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Peggy Sowell of Hamlet, N.C., Eleanor Smith of New Bern, N.C., Linda Irwin of Petersburg, IL and Emma Jean Calderwood of Harrisburg, N.C.; brothers, Thomas McKeel of Vanceboro, N.C. and Wayne McKeel of Vanceboro, N.C.; and numerous nieces nephews and friends. The family will receive friends at Funeraria Del Angel Roy Akers, 515 N. Main, on Tuesday February 19, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., with a Prayer Service to begin at 7:00 p.m. A procession will depart the funeral home the following morning, Wednesday February 20, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. for a Graveside Service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Please visit for online tributes.


  • Visitation and Prayer Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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February 20, 2013

The McKeel Family,
Losing a loved one is such a very difficult time and leaves us feeling that we just needed more time. My prayers are with all of you who were so dear to his heart, praying that Our Lord give you strength and hope for better tomorrows. All those beautiful memories will be for you to cherish and share.
May God Bless You, Virginia Rios

Tony & Hilda Munoz

February 19, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Pete & Frances Maldonado

February 19, 2013

Sal & Ana

Our deepest condolences to you & your Family . Prayers for Peace, Strength and Unity for your family in the difficult days ahead.

Mercedes Lopez

February 19, 2013

Thinking of you in friendship and in sympathy, I will hold you and your family in my heart and lift you in prayer.

February 17, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of Mr. McKeel's passing. We will always remember his kindness to us throughout all these years. He was such a wonderful person and will be missed. The McKeel family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Chris and Debbie Creech

February 16, 2013

My prayers and thought are with you and the family! cherish each others and bond even closer to mom. Will keep you all in my prayer daily to be strong and hang in there it will get easier with time. Now is the time to surround mom with all the love and understanding you can. Be at peace, wishing you all peace, love. Gloria Corbin