Keith, Eloise

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Eloise Keith, 86, of Flintstone, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 28, 2017. She was born in Flintstone to Charles Moses and Mary Elizabeth Hartman Crowe Oliver, and was a graduate of Chattanooga Valley High School.

In 1949, Eloise married Melvin E. Keith and joined him in their family hardware business, Georgia Supply Co., later ACE Hardware of Flintstone. Eloise and Melvin were recognized for their 50-plus years in the hardware business. They were married for 59 years. 

Her love for family and community extended to her customers, many of whom she had known most of her life. She loved people and getting to know their history and personality. She rarely met a stranger, and wanted to be a friend to all. One of her many joys was to help a friend with the local Girl Scout Troop. Eloise was a member of the Flintstone Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Tena Keith; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Virgil A. Boshears; grandchildren, Adam (Alecia) Keith, BJ (Kendra) Keith, Daniel, and Drew Boshears; great-grandchildren, Luke and Ella Keith and Jameson Keith; sister Thelma Wade; as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held Friday Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Brent Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Chickamauga City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov. 30 from 4-8 p.m. at W.L Wilson and Sons Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Flintstone Baptist Church, Hearth Hospice or Alzheimer’s research.

Special thanks to caregivers Brenda Jones and Myrtle Keith who helped Mike and Debbie so faithfully. Thanks also to the care given by NHC of Fort Oglethorpe and Hearth Hospice during her final weeks.

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