DEXTER -- John "Ken" Keirsey, 81, died Oct. 13, 2007, at Dexter.
Born March 2, 1926, in Leachville, Ark., to the late Luther Sylvanus and Lelia Burton Keirsey, he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter and retired from the Union Pacific Railroad. He sang and played mandolin and guitar with a bluegrass band, "The Black Mountain Boys." He was a U.S Navy veteran serving in World War II, Korean War, and in the Navy reserve.
On June 14, 1949, in East Prairie, he married Betty Holder who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: four sons, Kenneth J. Keirsey of Warrensburg, Steve Keirsey and Keith Keirsey of Dexter and Scott Keirsey of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Toni Schmalzried of Bridgeport, Texas, and Lori Mell of Bartlett, Tenn.; two brothers, Joe H. Keirsey of Redding, Calif., and Carl Griffin of San Diego; two step-brothers, Wilburn Griffin of Albuquerque, N.M., and Shelby Griffin of Paragould, Ark.; two sisters, Carolyn Linninger of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Pat Rister of Horn Lake, Miss.; two step-sisters, Johnnie Glover of Modesto, Calif., and Uvelle Wright of Rialto, Calif.; and 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Keirsey; one sister Pauline Yeager; and one step-brother, Jarrell Griffin.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Dr. Curtis Porter officiating.
Burial will follow in the Blodgett Cemetery.