Keith Dorsey

DORSEY, Keith D. On September 13, 2013, Keith David Dorsey of Steubenville, passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Keith was born in Martins Ferry, OH, on October 18, 1954, to Benjamin and Hilda Dorsey.

As a child, Keith was noted to have a particular talent for sports, especially football.

While attending Steubenville High School, he continued to excel at football and during his senior year was awarded the prestigious Calvin Jones Award. He went on to play two years of college football at Ferris State University in Michigan.

After his football career, Keith returned to Steubenville, where he met his wife, Janie and they married on May 29, 1976.

Keith was a private businessman, specializing in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Because of his kind heart he was known to give significant discounts to the elderly and the poor, often only charging for parts and not labor.

Keith felt a strong desire to give back to his community, particularly to young children. He did this by coaching elementary school flag football, Pop Warner football and as an associate coach for Big Red football. It was no coincidence that during the 2004 and 2006 football season, while Keith was an assistant coach, the Big Red football team won the state championship.

Keith was also very active in local politics. He frequently wrote letters to the editor speaking truth to power and identifying racial inequalities that existed in the community.

He was particularly concerned about the plight of young black men and the terrible effects the illegal drug trade has on them.

Keith was preceded in death by his mother and father, Hilda and Benjamin Dorsey of Steubenville; his brother, Clifford Dorsey of Steubenville; and his nephew, Nathan Dorsey of Steubenville.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Mitchell Dorsey of Wintersville; son, Walter Ingram and his wife, Tanya of Travis Air Force Base, CA; grandchildren, Nicholas and Taylor Ingram; his siblings, Renee Beneth of Columbus, OH, Valerie Dorsey of Steubenville; his brother, Derrick of Pittsburgh, PA; and many other family members.

Visitation is Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Services are Friday at 11 a.m. September 20, 2013, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church – Rev. Norries A. Hood, Pastor and Eulogist.

Arrangements entrusted to Vinson House of Mortuary.

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