Ronald Charles Keith

July 2, 2020
Ronald Charles Keith

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Ronald Charles Keith, 81, of Williamsburg, VA passed away at his home with his family at his side on July 2, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend.  R.C. was born in Highland Springs, VA on March 5, 1939.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Bernice Keith and his twin brother, Roland Keith.  R.C. is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois King Keith; daughter, Janice Keith and son-in-law, Chet Flanagan of Williamsburg; granddaughter, Victoria Millirons of Norfolk, VA; two brothers, Bruce Keith of Charlottesville, VA and Willis Keith of Richmond, VA; sister-in-law, Shannon Thompson of Dewitt, VA; brother-in-law, Douglas King of Odessa, FL; two brother-like friends, Lyle and Leonard Wickham of Panama; and, his beloved English Bulldog, Opie.  R.C. retired as a Master Trooper on January 1, 1994 from the VA State Police after 31 years.  His duty stations included King George, Dinwiddie, Accomack, Spotsylvania, Fauquier, and James City Counties.   Upon retirement, he traveled to Bad Kreuznach, Hanau, and Heidelberg, Germany; Fort Clayton, Panama; and, San Antonio, TX.  While living abroad, he taught criminal justice courses for Soldiers in Germany and served as the training officer for the Provost Marshal in Panama.  R.C. attended Richmond Professional Institute where he studied music education and also attended Germanna Community College, receiving an associate degree in criminal justice.  He served his country in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, NC.  R.C. was an exceptionally talented musician who shared his talents as a musician while serving in the U.S. Army and with Richmond Symphony.  He sang with Dukes of Gloucester, served as pianist and organist for weddings, revivals, and other church services and also sang in choirs.  His passing will forever leave a hole in the hearts of his family and friends.

Due to the current pandemic, a graveside service will be held at a later date at Sapony Episcopal Church in McKenney, VA.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory be made to Sapony Episcopal Shrine.  Contributions may be sent to Sapony Episcopal Shrine, P.O. Box 357, McKenney, VA 23872.  Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • July 20, 2022
    Cindy hoadley chesser says:
    My name is Cindy Lou Hadley I am the daughter of Barbara chesser granddaughter of veranance and no one called me or wrote me and let me know of my cousin Ronald's passing. I am so sorry to the family and I am very saddened. So please forgive me for not writing sooner I just have now just seen it I'm so sorry.

  • July 06, 2020
    Grayson Ward says:
    So sorry to hear this

  • July 06, 2020
    James C Stevens says:
    A man larger than life the first time I met him in a roadside license check. He became a great friend and co-worker for many years to come. My condolences to all your family.

  • July 07, 2020
    Rebecca Silvas says:
    My condolences to Lois and all the family. I met R.C. in San Antonio, a man with a big heart and lots of love for his wife and family. Everyone that met him became a fan. I thank God that you crossed my path. Rest in Peace and God bless your family.

  • July 08, 2020
    Cheryl and Bill Baumgartner says:
    Lois and family: Our hearts are heavy for your loss of this great man. May you feel God's presence as you go through this difficult time.