Keithel Wales Rife age 81, of Wardell, VA passed away Monday, June 05, 2017 following a short illness. Born October 30, 1935 in Grundy, VA, he was the son of Alex Hufford Rife and Minerva Matney Rife.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Nell Marie Rife; one brother-in-law, Douglas Rife.
He is survived by one son, Monte Rife and wife Karen of Tazewell, VA; one daughter, Keela Meade and husband Bill of Pounding Mill, VA; Grandchildren, Kristen Jessee and husband Matthew of Rosedale, VA, Marcus Meade of Pounding Mill, VA, Whitney Rife of Tazewell, VA and fiancée, Shawn Becker of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Brennan Rife of Concord, NC; one brother, Gene Rife and wife Pama of Grundy, VA; one brother-in-law, Roger Rife and wife Susie of Grundy, VA; sister-in-law, Jan Rife of Edina, MN; and several nephews.
He was a member of the Claypool Hill Church of Christ. He was a 1952 graduate of Grundy High School and attended Virginia Tech where he was a member of the Corp of Cadets. He also served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. He was an employee of Teleprompter Cable TV, Island Creek Coal Company, and K & K Construction.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, VA. Funeral Services will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Thursday with Evangelist Bob Smith officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, VA. Those wishing to attend please meet at the Cemetery. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be men of the Claypool Hill Church of Christ, Employees of Buchanan Mines and K&K Construction. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, 106 Veterans Drive, Richlands, VA 24641.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com. Singleton Funeral Service is serving the family of Keithel Wales Rife.
Published on  June 6, 2017