Melvin Ray Keith Sr.

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    - Vonda & Jimmy
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    - Sharon Guise
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Melvin Ray Keith, Sr., 93, of Westminster passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at his home. He was born in Athens, TN on February 21, 1922 and was the son of the late Anson and Maude Sliger Keith. He was the loving husband of Nettie "Lee" Keith his wife of 72 years. Ray started his working career at Glen L. Martin Defense in Baltimore as an Army and Navy welder. During World War II he taught women to weld for the war effort. In 1945 he served in the United States Army in the 303rd with the Seventy-Eighth Infantry Company C. He served one year in Breman, Germany and during that time was in charge of the motor pool. This was an important job to keep the military vehicles in running order, and his mechanical expertise was highly valued. After being honorably discharged from the service he worked at Coke-Cola in Westminster, before starting his own car repair business "Keith's Garage" on Route 27. Ray and his wife maintained as owner/operator at Keith's Garage and Car Wash during the 70's until moving to its present location on John Street, where his son JR joined him in the business. He was the first person to install a frame machine and car wash in Carroll County. Ray was an active member of Stone Chapel United Methodist Church. He served as a Trustee for many years as well as the Superintendent of the Sunday School while Phillip Kemper was the minister. Along with his wife they served as Treasurers for the Building and Repair Fund for many years. He was a member of the VFW Molleville Farm Post 467. He loved spending time with with his family, and enjoyed working at the car wash until his health deteriorated. He also enjoyed big game hunting for elk, and fishing. Surviving him in addition to his wife Lee are daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Mickey Post of Alexandria, VA, son and daughter-in-law Melvin R. "JR" and Linda Keith of Westminster, and son-in-law David Smith of Westminster; his only sister Mildred Harmon of Westminster; grandchildren Michelle Parrish, Tracie Blacksten, Carey Goonan, Michael Post, and Shayna Keith; 7 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter Carolyn Smith. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11 am at the funeral home with Rev. Steven Cho officiating. Interment will be in Meadow Branch Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his name to Stone Chapel United Methodist Church, 1448 Stone Chapel Rd., New Windsor, MD 21776 or the , P.O. Box 5216 , Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216. Online condolences may be offered at

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 15, 2016
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