Bryan Keith Jarrell passed away at the age of 63, while surrounded by his loving family, on August 1, 2021. Keith was born September 5, 1957, while living at Mount Olympus Farm in Carmel Church, Virginia. He was the third child and youngest son of James Alfred Jarrell and Dorothy Mable Bruce Jarrell. Keith and his family lived along the Shenandoah Valley for most of his younger years, where he found a great love for the mountains, rivers, and lakes that offered every aspect of outdoor adventure. He graduated from Turner Ashby High School in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and went to work for Munch Systems and later Burroughs (Standard Register) along with his brother, Larry, and cousin, Roger, in Rocky Mount, Virginia, where he worked in storage retrieval and collating.
After working there for 24 years, Standard Register closed, and Keith was faced with a crossroads in his life. With the encouragement and support of his family, he went to golf college at Golf Academy of America in the Carolinas section, and his family relocated to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He became a PGA Golf Pro and worked at golf courses in Myrtle Beach, Radford, and Richmond; ultimately landing an awesome job at The First Tee in Chesterfield. Keith found his niche being as a teaching professional. He loved teaching his students. He felt it was one of the greatest honors of his life. It was more than teaching golf to him; it was about making a difference with the connection. For him to be able to teach the sport he really loved was never work to; it was a calling! This calling/profession brought him pure joy which was evident by his perpetual smile.
Keith and his loving wife and best friend of 33 years, Kay, enjoyed many years living their best life. They loved to travel, camp, golf, and enjoy the outdoors all over our beautiful country. Keith enjoyed music and music festivals, sports (especially golf), and any outdoor adventure. He picked up the love of golf, betting on horses, and playing poker from his father, and enjoyed these activities with this family and friends. He was an excellent teacher and coach and enjoyed imparting his wisdom and skills to anyone wanting to better themselves.
He will be remembered for his infectious smile, kind spirit, and energetic personality. Keith never met a stranger and had the ability to make everyone he met feel valued. He was greatly loved by his family and will be missed by all who knew him. Keith Jarrell is survived by his wife, Kay Radford Jarrell, his daughter, Raven Jarrell Tarr (Scott) and son, Shane Adam Shaffer; Grandsons; Michael Shaffer and Joshua Olson; brothers, Jim Jarrell (Joanne) and Larry Jarrell (B-Mae); sister, Lori Jarrell Thomas (Cyr); Father-in-law, Harry Radford; Mother-n-law, Thannah Radford and brother-in-law, Phillip Radford; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and an uncle. A memorial service will take place at First Tee of Chesterfield on Saturday, August 7th 2021 at 5 PM. First Tee Address: 6736 Huntingcreek Drive, North Chesterfield, VA. In Lieu of flowers please donate to https://www.mortalityreality.org/take-action or to cancer research at this link (20+) Facebook.