Mr. Samuel Keith peacefully passed away in his home on April 5, 2021 after a long illness. Sam was born October 17, 1936, to the late Emma Patricia Phillips Keith-Duffy and LeRoy Keith in Dalzell, South Carolina. Sam was preceded in death by his brother LeRoy Keith Jr. and sister Helen Keith.
After Sam graduated high school, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. from 1953-1956 with an honorable discharge. Sam worked for the Veterans Health Administration Hospital. Sam retired from the New York Transit Authority, where he received numerous safety awards throughout his 25 years of service. As a believer in hard work and provider for his family, Sam rejoined the workforce as a skycap at Norfolk International Airport retiring in 2015.
Sam enjoyed traveling with his wife and participating in activities with his children and family. His favorite activities were cruising, hosting family dinners, and barbeques. One of Sam’s passion was reading about African American history. He was an avid collector of books by African American authors. Sam will be greatly missed by all who was blessed to know him.
Sam leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 25 years Patricia Keith, who he loved dearly and his daughters Robbin Bell (Jerry) Virginia Beach, Virginia, Monique Ward (Darnay) Suffolk, Virginia, Rhonda Keith Virginia Beach, Virginia, son Rasheed R. Keith, (LaDonya) Suffolk, Virginia, and stepson Harold Brent Keith (Kechia) Portsmouth, Virginia. Grandchildren Joseph Sparrow, Brandon Bell, Vnai Ashe (Brandon), Phillip Keith, Donje Walker, Marcus Keith, and Cameron Keith. Great grandchildren Saria Sparrow, Bryson Keith, Paige Keith, Jade Ashe, Parker Keith. Brother James Duffy Jr. (Sarah) Orlando, Florida. Sister and brother in laws Crystal Jones (Vernon), Clifford Fuller Jr. (Ann), Karl Fuller (Paquita), Randy Fuller, and Dwight Fuller and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Special thank you to Albemarle Home Care and Hospice, Quality Home Care, Outer Banks Home Care staff. Special thank you to his caregivers Mary Robinson, Shameika Cunningham, Ramona Morgan, Heather Rouse RN, other nurses, and all who helped care for Sam during his illness.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Mitchell Funeral Care and Cremations, Elizabeth City, NC.
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