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James "Jack" Chauncey Keel

November 7, 1981 - June 25, 2018

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James “Jack” Chauncey Keel, of Garner, North Carolina died unexpectedly on June 25, 2018, at the age of 36.

Jack was born in Greenville, North Carolina, to Rufus Vanoy Keel III and Sallie Ann Chauncey.

Jack graduated from St. Timothy’s-Hale School in 2000 and attended North Carolina State University. After high school, Jack served his country in the Army and trained as a medic. He was honored to work at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

He was employed by Rex Hospital and was a proud member of the “3rd shift team” that consisted of a tight-knit group of medical professionals that grew to be more than co-workers.

Jack was an avid hockey fan and he was passionate about playing on his ice hockey team, the Ice Hogs! When Jack wasn’t playing hockey, he could be found cheering on the Carolina Panthers and looking for someone to go to the game with.

Jack will be remembered and greatly missed by his family and circle of friends. He was known for his compassion, dedication, love, and talent for making cheesecakes for his friend’s birthdays, or a great gourmet mac-n-cheese for any occasion.

He is survived by his parents Rufus Vanoy Keel III (Dee) and Sallie Chauncey Mercer. He is also survived by Joel, 2 Caras, Joe, Stephanie and many others.

Please bring pictures and memories of Jack when you attend his memorial gathering. In lieu of sending flowers, Jack’s memory would be honored if donations were made to the following: https://www.gofundme.com/the-jack-keel-memorial-icehogs-fund
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Cary Healthcare Associates: The last prank Jack's CHA Family played on him before he switched jobs.
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Jack Keel pics: "That time when I was small..."
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Jack Keel pics: On top of his world
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Jack Keel pics: Jack's grabbing a nap
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Jack Keel pics: Dad will never let you go!
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Jack Keel pics: Catching a snowflake
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Jack Keel pics: Jack, thru Dee's eyes
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Jack Keel pics: In the Army now
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Jack Keel pics: Jack did earn his 2nd degree Black Belt in Karate
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Jack Keel pics: Ben fishing
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Jack Keel pics: 7 yrs old
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Jack Keel pics: Helping Old Dad after a skydive 2015
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Jack Keel pics: With Dad on Ocracoke
7/2015
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Jack Keel pics: With step Mom, Dee on the mainland 2014
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Jack Keel pics: Jack & Dee
Ocracoke 2013
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Jack had a special gift of lifting your spirit whenever you made contact with him. He exuded happiness and it was contagious! I know that such a persona was an inspiration to me and I am certain to all who had the privilege of knowing him.
I look forward to seeing you again, my friend.
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Work just isn’t the same but when I see an order for a “stat” lab, my heart smiles a little. “Stat Lab Jack”, I love and miss u friend!
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I worked with Jack a few years ago and although I didn't know Jack that well he was always very friendly & warm when we spoke. Even after he stopped working with us, he would drop by periodically to say hello. In our typically brief exchanges, he often made me laugh. It was clear that Jack was extremely bright and a fundamentally good person. He was friendly, easy to get along with and had a great sense of humor. I'm sad to know that he's gone and I know he will be missed.
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Erica Hines
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July 1, 2018
I always think of Jack whenever Ayn Rand comes up because he convinced me to read The Fountainhead and then picked my brain over countless cigarettes. Even though we went separate ways after our sophomore year, he was once my close friend and someone I spent nearly everyday with. From a preschool class at Kindercare to the NCSU dorms and a crazy summer driving between Greenville and Chocowinity, Jack definitely left his mark on my life. I hope that he knew that he was important, that he knew happiness, and that his friends and family find comfort.
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July 1, 2018
I am privileged to have known Jack. He was a presence and all out good man
Night shift is truly a family and words cannot express how much he will be
missed.

Deborah Garrett
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Thank you for being my friend. You will forever be in my heart.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you sallie and family and friends . So sorry to here about the loss of jack he was such a great young man and will be missed by many . And big thank you jack sent up to heaven to you for serving country and and taking care of so many sick . Your duty here on earth has now been completed now fly high and watch over all of us til we meet again . Love Eddie&Fern Glover Pitchford :pray::innocent:
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Jack was one of the kids I grew up with. We spent summers three doors down from Jack. Jack, my sister, and I (give or take few other neighborhood kids) were always somewhere in the water playing. Our Dads were pros at slinging kids off a tube into the water - Jack was a pro at hanging on. On the stormy afternoons, we sat inside, barefoot & tanned, drinking the ‘cherry juice’ Jack’s Dad made for us. We rode bikes up & down the road. We were true ‘river rats’. They were good days. Farewell, Jack.
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The original "River Rat". Jack was a sweet kid who will be truly missed by all who knew him!

Jim, Vicki & Jake Swinson
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June 29, 2018
“Chaunce”,
I will miss our many conversations about football (your love for the Panthers & making fun of me for being a Browns fan), us comparing who does better squats or who could run longer on the treadmill, and the endless pranks we would do to each other while you were working at CHA. You will be missed greatly. I am praying for you and your family :cry::broken_heart:

Lauren C.
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A lovely young man that will be deeply missed by his "3rd shift" friends.Jack's genuine smile and wry humour made every night better.
We will keep Jack in our hearts and memories and pray that you, his family, find solace in knowing that Jack was special to so many.
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Thank you, Tammy, Dee & Rufus
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Amber Boyd
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Jack had such a big heart and a warm smile. Always encouraging and honest. He also had a unique perspective of life. The small things never bothered him and he never gave up. His laugh was infectious, I'm going to miss that most. When he loved he loved strong. He taught me to keep going no matter what because I had the will behind whatever I was doing. Coffee will always taste extra special now. Cake will be anthems. Jack will always hold a special place in my heart.
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Our latest memory of Jack was in pictures with his Dad while visiting Mary Dee's bedside while prepping for a procedure...Jack was tall, strong, and supportive..so tall that his Dad had to climb on a stool to be in the picture (hee.hee).. he shared his time with his parents when they needed him most...now he's walking with Jesus in the light of God...we'll all be together one day...praying for comfort during this time...much love..
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