2018-01-04 / Obituaries


Ronnie E. Keahey, 75, of Grove Hill, passed away Dec. 25, 2017 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

He was born Aug. 21, 1942 to George D. Keahey Sr. and Katie Ford Keahey. A practicing attorney for many years, he served in numerous capacities in the legal profession, including assistant district attorney, municipal judge in both Grove Hill and Jackson, a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners and past president of the Circuit Bar and the County Bar Association. He was a member of Tompkins Baptist Church. He was an avid rabbit hunter. He enjoyed woodworking and knife making.

He is survived by his wife, Lainie Keahey; children, Amy Keahey (Kent) Horton, Roni Starr (Geneva Morgan) Keahey, George M. “Marc” (Lara) Keahey; grandchildren, Maggie Sgarlata, Bo Keahey, Harley Horton, Luke Horton, Gauge Horton, Cotton Keahey, Marc Keahey II, Scarlette Keahey, Weezie Keahey and great-grandchildren, Lexi Kearley, Zella Sgarlata, Jace Sgarlata and Ashton Keahey.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, George D. Keahey Jr. and Dr. John R. Keahey.

The service was Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at Tompkins Baptist Church with Dr. Johnny Kendrick and Rev. Michael Perry officiating. Interment followed in the Magnolia Lawn Cemetery in Grove Hill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tompkins Baptist Church Building Fund, Attn: Shirley Barnes, 14130 Highway 43, Grove Hill, AL 36451.

Active pallbearers were Luke Horton, Gauge Horton, Marc Keahey II, David Keahey, Doug Bowling, Frank Noble, Spence Walker and Jamey Dunagan.

Honorary pallbearers were Elma Averett, Grady Bedwell, Joe Bedwell, Jay Duke, Ward Edge, Joshua Hayes, Bob Keahey, Keahey Law Office Staff, George McIntyre, Helen McRand, Earnest Paul, Francis Powell, Nelson Reynolds, Bookie Sheffield, Ray Sheffield, Gray Skipper, William Thrash, Annie Watkins and the First Judicial Circuit Bar Members.

Condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhomegrovehill.com.

Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill directed.


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