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Charles Edward "Buddy"

November 3, 1933 – February 25, 2019

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Obituary for Charles Edward "Buddy" Keith

Charles Edward “Buddy” Keith, 85, our beloved Dad, Poppie, uncle, dear brother, and faithful friend, was called home to be with his Lord on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Born on November 3, 1933, Buddy grew up in the Alleghany Springs area of Shawsville, Va., and graduated from the local high school there in 1951.

Buddy served proudly in the US Army during the Korean War. Throughout his life he had been employed by the N&W Railroad, General Electric, and then as an independent contractor for home repair and insurance companies.

Buddy was well known to friends and family for his youthful spirit, his sense of adventure, a warm and generous character, and a deep commitment to family. Buddy enjoyed spending time with his children, and was immensely devoted to his grandchildren, his loving siblings, and all of his wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins. He brought us great joy and was always a source of wisdom and counsel.

Buddy was a devout Christian, and joyfully attended the Bethel Assembly of God church in Salem where he served as deacon for several years.

Buddy was met in Heaven by his beloved parents, Lawrence and Hazel Keith; and his beloved sister, Geraldine MacMackin.

He is survived by his children, Kathy Vail Pope and her husband, Art, of Raleigh N.C., Karen Hensley of Salem, and Chuck Keith of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Nicholas Vail, Erin Hensley, Jenna Hensley, Jordan Hensley, Joyce Pope, and Earle Pope; siblings, Colleen Moore of Salem, Jean Hurst of Shawsville, and Larry Keith of Shawsville; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family is immeasurably grateful to the caregivers who filled Buddy’s life with joy, premium care, and above all genuine love, compassion, and friendship. Special thanks for the care and devotion of his granddaughter, Jenna Hensley, who has been the “light of his life”. The family would also like to express their appreciation to the Salem VA Medical Center, Home Based Health Program, and Gentle Shepherd Hospice for their guidance and support.

A period of visitation will be hosted from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019, in the funeral home’s chapel. Burial will follow at Piedmont Cemetery in Alleghany Springs. Pastor David Keaton will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bethel Assembly of God in Salem, the DAV, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com.

First Visitation

When Friday, March 1st, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
305 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, Virginia 24153
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Service Information

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 11:00am
Pastor David Keaton
John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
305 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, Virginia 24153

Interment Information

Piedmont Cemetery
3812 Alleghany Spring Road
Shawsville, Virginia 24162