Charles “Byron” Keith, 88 years old, passed away March 4, 2019 in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Visitation will be held at Langsford Funeral Home, Thursday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM. Funeral will be at Fellowship Greenwood at 10:00 AM, Friday, March 8 followed by a graveside service at Lee’s Summit Cemetery.
Byron was born to Enon and Charles Keith on January 12, 1931 in Bolivar, MO. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On June 20, 1955, he married Arvilla Hunt and they settled in Kansas City where he began his career in education. After initially teaching in Prairie Village, KS, Byron came to the Lee’s Summit R7 school district where he was a principal for Hazel Grove Elementary followed by Pleasant Lea Elementary where he stayed for the next twenty years. He finished his career as a fifth grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary. He leaves a legacy of countless students that were entrusted to his care throughout his career in education.
Byron is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Arvilla, and his children and their families: Kandice (Kandy) and Barry Jackson, Terri and Barry Wilder, and Amber Keith (daughter-in-law); grandchildren, Mackenzie Diekmann, Kyle (Meagan) Jackson, Casey (Kevin) Born, and Emilie (Matt) Polk, as well as five great grand children.
Byron is preceded in death by his parents, Enon and Charles Keith; two brothers, Orlie and Harold Keith; and son, Robert “Rob” Byron Keith.
Byron and Arvilla owned a Christmas tree farm for 40 years serving countless families who came year after year to choose and cut their holiday tree. Without question, however, their greatest accomplishment is the legacy of love and devotion to family and God passed down to their children and grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fellowship Greenwood (1601 W. Main St., Greenwood, MO) or Village Hospice (1001 N.W. Chipman Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO, 64081.)