EGGVILLE – Vernon Lee Keith, 83, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 10, 1930, to Thomas Sylvester and Frankie McCraw Keith in Lee County. He was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church where he served in the years prior to his illness as the adult Sunday school teacher. He also served as lay speaker. He loved serving the Lord and sharing his word. A proud veteran, he served in the Korean War
. He was a retired brick mason and carpenter. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading his Bible and spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will follow in the Eggville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include three children, Patty Farris (David) and Ramona Farris (Malcolm), all of the Auburn community, and Marty Keith of the Eggville community; seven grandchildren, Casey Curtis (Mark) of the Auburn community, Amber Palmer (Allen) of Olive Branch, Ashley Simmons (Will) of Enid, Okla., Cody Keith (Samantha) of Great Lakes, Ill., Courtney Farris of the Auburn community, Britt Keith of the Eggville community, and Haley Keith and fiancé, Tyler Herring, of the Eggville community; six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Abbey, Aiden, Harper, Emma and Hunter; and three brothers, Gilbert Keith (Estelle) and Leo Keith (Lenoree), all of Mooreville, and Grady Keith (Josie) of the Eggville community.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LoEva Lamb Keith; one son, Terry Lee Keith; three brothers, Herman Keith, Leon Keith and Cleo Keith; and two sisters, Velma Roberts and Stella Mae Knight.
Pallbearers will be Cody Keith, Britt Keith, Mark Curtis, Allen Palmer, Ben Hardin, Wade Keith, Ronnie Keith and Jerry Keith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Will Simmons, Doug Lamb, Ricky Lamb, Greg Lamb and the Hebron United Methodist Church adult Sunday school class.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or Gideon International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.