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Obituaries » Ronkeith “Keifus” Kirtley

Ronkeith “Keifus” Kirtley, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at his residence in Morrisville.

Ronkeith was born May 9, 1936 in Cucumber, W.Va., to the late Elmer Buford and Grace Nevada Keen Kirtley.

Ronkeith was a retired Virginia State Police Trooper where he proudly served his community for 30 years from August 16, 1962 to March 1, 1992. Upon his retirement, Ronkeith went back to work for the Commonwealth of Virginia as a background investigator for the State Police for an additional 15 years. Ronkeith was also a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served his country for four years.

Ronkeith is survived by his sister, Yvonne Stallard (Jack); his nephews Michael Kirtley (Andrea) and David Sisk (Catherine); his nephews Richard Edwards and Tom Carberry (Sue); his nieces Tammy Patton (Warren) and Tracey Edwards Jenkins (Andy), and a brother-in-law, Charles Edwards Jr. (Wanda).

Ronkeith was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 50 years, Barbara Edwards Kirtley. In addition he was preceded by his parents; his brother Buford Elmer Kirtley and his wife, Ramona Kirtley; nephew Alan Kirtley; sister-in-law Mena Carberry; brother-in-law Alan Edwards; niece Brenda Edwards; and his godson Zachary Sisk.

Ronkeith’s family would like to acknowledge the wonderful friends and caregivers involved in Ronkeith’s and Barbara’s care over the past several years: Nicole Adamson, Lili Brockhuizen, Stephanie Droguett, Joy Grant, Charlene Moore, Kathy Leake, and Diane Newman. In addition, we would like to give special thanks to Heartland Hospice Warrenton for the care that was provided to Ronkeith and Barbara.

Ronkeith and Barbara were longtime and proud members of Morrisville United Methodist Church. Graveside Service is at 2 p.m. Monday, November 15, at Morrisville United Methodist Church, 4432 Morrisville Road. Rev. Beth Glass will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 493 Blackwell Road, Suite 319, Warrenton, Va. 20186.

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