Anna McIlwain Obituary (2022) – Talladega, SC

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Anna Coe Keitt McIlwain, 83, of Talladega, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Daphne, Alabama.

Visitation will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Talladega at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, February 26, 2022, with Reverend Leeann Scarbrough of First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Anna was born in Newberry, South Carolina to Joseph Lawrence Keitt and Margaret Kinard Keitt on September 14, 1938. At age eight, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined the Presbyterian Church from Aveleigh to Newberry. She attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina. Anna received a Master of Arts in Bible from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, and a Master of Science in Library Science from Jacksonville State University. Anna has taught in South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama for 21 years. She has also worked as a field counselor for Girl Scouts and director of Christian education at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Anna was a member of the Highland City Club and a board member of the Heritage Hall Art Museum. She was an active and senior member of the First Presbyterian Church of Talladega and a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 2004. Anna has also served as Moderator of the Presbyterian Women of Sheppards and Lapsley Presbytery as well as a member of the Congo mission. Team.

Anna is predeceased by her mother, Margaret Kinard Keitt, and her father, Joseph Lawrence Keitt. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her family. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 53 years, James Wade McIlwain; son, James Wade McIlwain Jr. (Holly) of Hoover; daughters, Margaret McIlwain Trammell (Stoney) of Prattville; Mary McIlwain Hadley (Blake) of Daphne; sister, Margaret Keitt Smith of Lexington, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Shelton McIlwain Taylor (Reece) of Oxford; Keitt Caroline Trammell of Montgomery; Trent Jason Trammell of Troy; Anna Sellers Hadley and Samuel McIlwain “Mac” Hadley of Daphne; a great-granddaughter, Maeleigh Anne Taylor of Oxford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends.

Online condolences can be made at www.usreyfuneralhome.com with Usrey Funeral Home Talladega Direction Services.

Published by The Newberry Observer from March 2 to March 3, 2022.

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