Keith Perry Adney

November 14, 1956October 26, 2010

KEITH PERRY ADNEY, 53, lost his battle with brain cancer October 26, 2010 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario Canada where he had resided for many years. He was born November 14, 1956, and leaves his parents, O. P. ‘’Sonny’’ and Linda Adney and his maternal grandmother, Carmen Freeman all of Memphis. He also leaves his daughter, Christina Adney and grandson Quinton Paul Gattuso of Nesbit, MS. Other survivors are his brother Kevin (Julie) of Dunedin, FL and their children, Joelle (Adam) Heft, Kristyn Adney, Kaylie Adney and Jarron Adney, and his brother, Timothy (Millie) of Lakeland, TN and his children, Alicia (Marcus) Johnson, Stephanie Adney, Nicholas Adney and great-niece, Ashlyn Michelle Johnson. Keith was a graduate of Raleigh- Egypt High School and attended then Memphis State (University of Memphis). He was previously employed by First Tennessee Bank and GST Corporation in Memphis. He was an avid skydiver, an accomplished gardener, and a devoted volunteer for the AIDS Network in Hamilton. Even during his last days he participated in a walkathon while in his wheelchair. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Peter’s and his many friends for their extraordinary care of Keith during his illness. Friends in Hamilton are asked to gather at TRUSCOTT, BROWN & DWYER FUNERAL CHAPEL (1309 King Street East, across from Gage Park at the delta) on Monday November 1 from 5 pm to 8 pm. A funeral service celebrating Keith's life and accomplishments will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday November 2 at 11 am. As per his wishes, cremation will follow. Visitation for family and friends in Memphis will be held on Tuesday, November 16, at 1 p.m. in the Salmon Room at Second Presbyterian Church followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. in the Second Presbyterian Church Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the West Cancer Clinic, 100 N. Humphreys, Memphis, TN 38120 or Memphis Union Mission, P.O. Box 1938, Memphis, TN 38101.


  • A Gathering Of Keith's Friends Monday, November 1, 2010
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Jeffrey Stewart

November 7, 2010

Keith, It was such an honor knowing you, I will miss the conversations and spending time working with you. From the very beginning of thinkhaus you were always there to do whatever needed to be done, so full of energy and good cheer, we will carry your memory with us always.

Much Love,

Blue Skies my friend.

Lorelei Carrier

November 6, 2010

My deepest condolances go out to all of Keith's loved ones. I did my student placement at the network in 2006 and I remember Keith as a very fun loving easy going fun to talk to guy. I remember thinking " what a truly genuin guy Keith is". You know when someone hugs you and you can just feel that person really means it? Well I remember Keith as a guy who really meant his hugs and really loved to talk and listen to me. He was a joy to be around. It is very sad to know he is gone. Heaven gained an angel. I only knew him for a short time and feel blessed that I did. Rest In Peace Keith <3

Phil N DeBlanc

November 1, 2010

Your insight, kindness and wisdom will be missed where we met, in the blogosphere. I'm sorry I never got to meet you in real life.

Christina Nowacki

November 1, 2010

Keith - you were my favorite Secret Santa and I will treasure forever the gift that you gave me. I will also treasure the memories of being with you in Chicago in 2007 where I got to witness in person what I had only glimpsed online previously - your warmth, compassion, & deep dedication to social causes. Your quick smile & easy laughter made it a joy to talk to you in any form. Since meeting you I always think of you flying in the deep blue skies by Perris lake when I drive through that town - and I know that will never change. I hope you are enjoying the view from where you are.

MIchelle Olson

November 1, 2010

Keith - Your kindness, compassion, passion for social justice, intelligence and humor touched so many people. You made a special family of friends and you live on in our hearts.

Jennifer Schultz

November 1, 2010

Keith was one of the most gracious and energetic people I've known. Often through small kindnesses he left a big impression. I take comfort in knowing that he felt all our love through the quilt that kept him warm through his hospitalization.

Blue skies to you, my dear, gentle friend.

Bill Harnsberger

October 31, 2010

Rest in peace, Keith. It was a pleasure knowing you through the Daily Kos site and the chat room. Although we only met once in person, you left quite an impression.

Michael and I send our coondolences to Keith's considerable circle of friends and family.

Vicki Hill

October 31, 2010

Say hello to Jackie for us, Keith. I enjoyed your always vibrant and witty writings over the years on Sunrise. My sympathy to your family.

Marylin Houle

October 30, 2010

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

- Mary Elizabeth Frye

Keith, you were one of the awesome ones, I'm glad I knew you <3


October 30, 2010

With Much Love, Respect and Admiration