John Barry Keel
January 11, 2021

On Monday, January 11, 2021 John Barry Keel “Tiny,” of Southport, NC a loving husband and father of six, passed away at the age of 54. John Keel was born to Robert Franklin Keel and Annie Lee Williamson on June 20th, 1966 in Clinton, NC. After graduating from North Brunswick High School in Leland, NC he chose to spend his life protecting and serving others by serving sixteen years on the Leland Police Department taking his retirement in 2016. John married the love of his life, Tamie Ann Keel in Leland, NC on December 12, 2012. They lived a memorable life together. John had a helping hand and would stop at nothing to help anyone. His four Dachshunds, Reece, Bella, Baby Bell, and Zero were his “babies.” John recently started attending Apostolic Tabernacle of Wilmington, NC Pastored by Rev. Lundy Logue. John enjoyed laying in bed watching tic tok with a white Reece Peanut butter cup and a pork rind in his hand and his woman by his side. John lived a simple life, but he lived a life full of laughs, jokes and good cooking.

John is survived by his spouse Tamie Ann Keel, and children Kayla Drew (Jordan Creech), Aaron Keel, Elijah Keel, Madison Drew (Abigail Zuloaga), Hannah Drew (Joel Kast), and Jacob Keel. His adopted parents and special bond Richard and Deborah Burris. His siblings Larry Keel, and Melissa (Calvin) Powell. His nephews Jaylen and Dre Powell. His pets Reece, Bella, Baby Bell, and Zero.


The memorial service will be located:

Apostolic Tabernacle

712 Wellington Ave,

Wilmington, NC 28401

On Saturday, January 16th and 1pm

Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations, 6 Jacksonville Street, Wilmington, NC 28403


  • Dawn WardPostedJanuary 14, 20217:17 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! John was a well respected and loved friend and coworker. He was my family! He will be surely missed! Tamie and family will continue to be in our prayers!!

  • Beth TurbevillePostedJanuary 14, 202111:22 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. John was a special part of my work family. I was blessed to call him my friend. He was a wonderful person and had the special ability of making everyone near him laugh! He will be truly missed.

  • Jason CollinsPostedJanuary 14, 202112:34 pm

    I will always remember Sgt Keel from working at Frosty’s and seeing him during ride-alongs with Leland PD

  • Pamela SharpePostedJanuary 14, 20212:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. This was very heartbreaking to hear. Keeping Tami and family in our Prayers.

  • Donna RegisterPostedJanuary 14, 20212:24 pm

    Tami and family, I am heartbroken for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. John was one of the most kindhearted people I have ever known. He always had a smile ready to give to anyone who needed one. I’m sure he will be watching over all of you from Heaven.

  • Liz EllenPostedJanuary 14, 20213:48 pm

    Joh was my family and my friend for more than 20 years. I will miss him dearly and my sympathies and condolences are with Tami and the family.

  • DeeDee CooperPostedJanuary 15, 20217:54 pm

    We are so sorry to have lost not just an apartment manager but also a fine friend. On his work days his shiny bald head, big truck and his sense of humor was often a chuckle around here because he always had something smart to say, My heart goes out to Tamie and his family. He has gained his wings and flies stress free with no worries. He will be missed!

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