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Passing of MIC Dewey L. Keller, 1947-2022

Dewey L. Keller, 1947-2022
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of North Carolina, 2004

Dewey Lynn Keller went home to the Lord on November 7th, 2022. He was born in Catawba County on May 2nd, 1947. He is preceded in death by his father, Dewey Flowers Keller and his mother, Hazel Yount Keller. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hudson, NC.

Dewey received an undergraduate degree at Western Carolina after which he moved to Florida where he received a master’s degree in criminal justice at the University of Miami and then a JD degree from Nova University. He passed the Florida Bar where he practiced law for a short period of time. He met Ana Rascon in Miami and soon thereafter they were married. Dewey and Ana then moved back to North Carolina in 1982 where Dewey opened his own law practice. Dewey practiced law in Caldwell County for over 35 years where he cultivated numerous friendships and helped many people. He paid special attention to those in need and was always willing to help. Dewey was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Lenoir, NC and in Hickory, NC. He enjoyed the fellowship of being a mason and spending time with friends he made there.

He is survived in his wife of 48 years Ana Rascon Keller and his two sons, William Washington Keller II and his wife Jamie Keller of Gaston County, NC and Robert Edward Keller of Caldwell County, NC. He is also survived by his younger brother, Nelson Keller and wife Gloria Keller.

In 2004, he served as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters in North Carolina. Dewey was a member of Hickory Council No. 32 and a Charter member of Lenoir Council No. 38. He served as Illustrious Master of Lenoir Council and Thrice Illustrious Master of the Order of the Silver Trowel. He also served as District Lecturer and District Master for District 9. Dewey received the Simmons Jones Baker Award for his service. He was a Past Sovereign Master of Phillip Guigou Council No. 144, Allied Masonic Degrees, a Member of St. Patrick\’s in America Council No. 1, Knight Masons, a member of Western North Carolina College No. 78, York Rite College, and received the Order of the Purple Cross from the York Rite College. Dewey was also a member of St. Titus Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Lilly of the Valley Priory No. 1, Knights of the York Cross of Honour. In the Scottish Rite, he was coroneted a 33rd Degree Honorary and a Past Commander of Charlotte Council of Kadosh. He was also a member of the Royal Order of Scotland and Oasis Temple, Shrine.

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