Ryan “Keith” Cox was wise enough to live brave and strong enough to be powered by a soft heart.

In his 50 years of life, Keith made a lasting impression on those he encountered. Many people share the same thoughts when describing his most outstanding qualities—his leadership, perfected by the heart of a servant.

Keith graduated from Princess Anne High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business, with an accounting specialty from St. Leo University, Florida. His career track led him back to the City of Virginia Beach as an accounting clerk in Public Utilities. He was a public servant with the City for more than 12 years.

Keith was often seen as soft-spoken, but when he sang to the Lord, he was a powerhouse. As an active member of New Hope Baptist Church, Keith was involved in Anointed Voices, Men of Hope, the Male Chorus and the Men’s Ministry. He loved sports, reading books and studying his Bible.

In his final moments, on May 31, 2019, Keith instinctively chose to save the lives of his colleagues while sacrificing his own. In honor of his heroism, the post office located at 2509 George Mason Drive now carries his name.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13 (NLT)

Left to covet his smile, his gentle spirit and his song of praise are his parents, Pastor E. Ray Cox, Sr. and Maxine Mills Cox; two brothers, Tony F. Mills and Ervin Ray Cox, Jr., as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

In this time of challenge may even a broken hallelujah usher in a peace that surpasses all understanding—and hasten the day when memories of Keith will be a melody that sings your soul happy and makes your heart dance.