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Keith Ignacio Headley



Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Keith Ignacio Headley, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 85. His health had declined over the past recent months and after just two weeks of being placed under hospice care, he transitioned at Hagerstown Health Care Center. Although visitation was limited to one person at a time due to COVID19 state restrictions and the facility policy, he was blessed to see the loving and smiling faces of his daughters and close family everyday. He was actually smiling and chuckling the evening before with his daughters, a testament to his strong will and great sense of humor.



Keith was born Monday, November 12, 1934 in Panama City, Republic of Panama, to the late Ambrose Douglas Headley and the late Marie Panfilia (Julie) Headley. He was the eldest of six children and a very loving and protective big brother.


A High School graduate of the Instituto Nacional in Panama, he later pursued further education in Jamaica. After migrating to New York City in 1965, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. He retired after many years of employment as an Accounting Manager with American Express. Keith relocated to Hagerstown, MD in August of 2011, where he resided with his daughter, Yvette Jackson.

Keith was an active member of the Clinton Hill Lions Club for over thirty years. He was past District Governor of District 20K-1 from 1997 - 1998 and was one of the longest serving trustees of the New York State and Bermuda foundation.

He leaves to cherish his memory his siblings, Federica "Nena" of Panama, Delores of Jamaica, Carlos of California, Patricia of Panama, and Anthony of Panama, children; Deana Marie Headley of Ohio, Yvette Odalys Jackson of Maryland, Bernadette Estela Headley Biggs of Georgia, Nicole Marie Timmons (Leondray) of Florida, Madella Sabhan Hooker (Derrick) of Georgia, Simone Odessa Watson (Justin) of New York, Frederick Johnstone Headley of North Carolina, and Sachon Headley of New York, Grandchildren; Dia, Khary, Najja, Victor, Kalia, Malik, Jordan, Elizabeth, Somaya, and Elijah, Great Grandchildren; Madison, Monet, Shia, and Culley, Nieces and Nephews; Michael, Jenny, Tricia S., Tricia H., Marcos, Pamela, and Judienne, and many other loved ones whose lives he touched.

In addition to his parents, Keith was preceded in death by his son, Keith Sean Headley, Jr..


Due to Covid-19, the services will be held privately at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd N. Hagerstown, MD, 21742.

Guest Book

PDG Keith Headley was always pleasant and insightful. It was always a joy to converse with him. We will miss him in our PDG Association and in our District 20'-K1 Lions. May he Rest in Peace. Deepest Sympathy to the entire Family. Stay strong leaning on the Everlasting arms. From PDG Veronica RalphMunro and husband Rev. James Munro

Veronica RalphMunro
Queens, New York

I will always love you Daddy!!! Missing you Mr. Keith Ignacio Headley, RIP! 2 Timothy 4:6-8 May God heal the hearts of your siblings, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and your abundant loved ones with healing! Hugs and Kisses From your Daughter, Nicole Headley Timmons I love you Abuelito!!! Besitos From your Granddaughter, Elizabeth Timmons

Nicole and Elizabeth Timmons
Miami , Florida

Dearest family members and friends of PDG Keith Headley, I want to give my sincere condolences to the family members of PDG Keith Headley. He was a man full of wisdom and strength. He was kind and served to the best of his ability. PDG Keith was a blessing to many and labored until he was able to labor no more. May he be granted entry into the Kingdom of Heaven with the Lord saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant". AMEN

TyEast T Alleyne-Bobb

My deepest sympathy to the family, may Lion Headley rest in peace and rise in glory

Lio Annette Alleyne-Merritt

In this sorrowful time, the members of Brooklyn Crown Heights Lions Club extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of PDG Keith Headley and the members of Clinton Hill Lions Club. May his departed soul rest in eternal peace.

Yolande Cadore
Brooklyn, New York

Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to the Family of PDG Keith Headley ...May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

Patricia Muir
Brooklyn, New York

To the family of our dear and wonderful PDG Keith I. Headly. We the members of the East New York Lions Club prayer for the family on your loss. May Is Sould Rest In Peace. PDG Pedro Vega and the Officers and Members.

Myrna Atherley
Brooklyn, NY

Sincere condolences to Simone and all of your family. May the loving memories of your Dad sustain you all during your grieving, and always. The Larrier family.

Eleanor Larrier
White Plains, NY

On behalf of the Officers and members of Winthrop Lions Club Inc. I am extending sincere condolences to the bereaved family and to members of the Clinton Hills Lions Club. May the sweet soul of PDG Keith rest in eternal peace. Lion Gladys Roberts - President Winthrop Lions Club Inc.

Gladys Roberts
Brooklyn, NY - New York

Compadre we had many good times and many treasured memories from the Panamanian community in Brooklyn to doing outreach service with Lion clubs in Panama, your leadership as a guiding lion will be remembered as well as your promptness at all meeting, you will undoubtedly be missed. Rest in Peace. My Lion Brother.

Rey Romain
Staten Island, New York

I was not with you in body but I was there with you in spirit. I am grateful and thankful that Yvette was able to take good care of her Popsy for nine years. I feel blessed and grateful for the three beautiful daughters Keith gave me! Love you and may your soul Rest In Peace. Dolores Headley

Dolores Headley
Pembroke Pines, Florida

Heartfelt condolences to our Cuz Simone and the entire Headley family. Praying that God strengthen you during these sad times.

Rhonda Richards-Gibbons & Richard Lamar Hinds
Laurelton , New York

To Headley's family. May his Soul Rest in Peace

Diane Chewett
Brooklyn , New York

Sitta Williams
Hagerstown , MD

Condolences to the family. Brooklyn New Lots Lions Club

Geri Kingston
Brooklyn, NY

My deepest condolences Simone to you and the family on both sides. You are in my prayers . Love you always. Dawn ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Dawn Haith
Lynn, Ma

Sincere condolences to the family. Rest in God's glory. PDG Keith was a great lion. I will always remember his words of encouragement, and support. I was indeed a model lion. RIP.

Antonio Robles
Queens Village, NY - New York 11429

My heartfelt sympathy to the family. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Isa Hamilton
Brother , N Y

Heart felt condolences to the family.He was a great Lion and District Governor. He visited and did lots with Brooklyn Crown Heights Lions Club, Inc May his soul rest in peace

S Kingston
Brooklyn, New York

My deepest sympathy to the family

Ingrid Andrews-Campbell, 2nd Vice District Governor
Brooklyn , NY

A Note of Sympathy to the Headley Family: May your sorrows be eased by the passing of time and may the fond memories you hold of Lion Keith, and the prayers of friends, help to comfort you at this time of sadness. May His Soul Rest In Peace Lion Greta

Greta I. Salsbury

My Prayers and Condolences to the family. May loving memories give you comfort. Rest In Peace Lion Keith Ignacio Headley.

Lion Shirley Maddox, from Brooklyn Bedford Stuyvesant Lions Club
Brooklyn, NY

My condolences go out to his daughters and other family members. Lion Headley has been a friend and a Lion brother over the years. May his soul rest in peace.

Fitz Robertson
Brooklyn, New York

Condolences to the family of Pdg Keith Ignacio Headley.

Lavern Harrison
Brooklyn, NY

Pops an amazing man not from what I was told from what I seen. A man who fought like was in a boxing match with Joe Frasier. An amazing man finally sees peace and I don’t think there’s nothing more beautiful. We’ll see again pops rest easy powerful soul.

As a Crown Heights Lion from the 1980s Keith and I go way back.......what a great guy.......he was surely a great Lion.....20k1 is a better District because of his Service...God Bless and TV the family should be so proud

Howard Brown
Spring Hill , Fl

Sincere condolences to the family of lion Keith. May his soul RIP. Vanderveer Park/Glenwood lions club Lion Escline Green President

Escline Green

Our sincere condolences to the Headley family at the passing of Lion Headley. I had the esteem pleasure of meeting and learning from Lion Headly as a member 20K1, and I will always have fond memories of him. I pray God's continued blessings on all of his family.

Lion Neville Barrett
Fort Myers, Florida

My prayers are with you during this times We are just a phone call away. Be strong and in prayer. God blessed each of you.

Lion William Williams Bed Stuy
Bronx, New York

Praying for you in Your Loss of our Pdg Keith. Be mindful that memories are gifts our hearts receive to bring gentle comfort as we grieve. We ask God to enfold you in His faithful love and comfort you with the cherished memories of PDG Keith. We will miss his smiling faces and joyful manner. Pr. 10:7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing. In Sympathy, Brooklyn Stuy Park Lions Club

RC Arlene Punnett
Brooklyn, New York

On behave of our Woodside Interamerican Lions Club Members and family we express our deepest condolences to your entire family.for the loss of Pdg Headley. May the great memories lived help in the healing with time. Lion President Carolina Soto

Carolina Soto
Queens, NY

PDG Keith was a very down to earth person. He made you feel special and appreciated your input in projects. He submitted my name for the presidential certificate of appreciation which was surprising to me. I envision him with a smile when I think of him . He will be remembered. May he rest in eternal peace. Lion Christine

Christine Kirton
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Please accept my deepest condolences to his family for the loss of past District Governor, of District 20-K1 , Keith Headly. He will be missed and he never will be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace. Sincerely, Beatriz Fábregas

Beatriz Fábregas
Queens , New York

My sincere condolences to the family of PDG Headley. My significant memory of PDG Headley was when I attended a Caribbean Experience hosted by Brooklyn Crown Heights Lions Club in 1998. At this event new officers were sworn in for the new Lionistic Year. Unfortunately their new Secretary did not attend the ceremony. PDG told one of the members I was an excellent Lion Secretary and that they should ask me to be theirs. (I was in a club that was no longer in existence) I accepted and he officiated the swearing ceremony with me as the new secretary. I have grown with The BCHLC over the years and served in various capacity under the guide of 20K1 District Governors including PDG Headley. Sleep in Eternal Peace PDG Headley we love you but God loves you more.

Vilma Barnett
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464

My sincerest condolences to the family. Rest In Peace my Lion Brother.

Deborah Harrison
Flushing , New York

My condolence

Flushing, NY

The Soul of a Lion is what is left when someone like Lion Keith Ignacio leaves this physical plane. In the name of the Universal Ravenswood Lions Club I wish to extend our condolences to the family and close friends of one who served his community. May the Blessings be.

Manny, Manuel Perez
Jackson Heights, NY

PDG Joyce and VDG Tony Cochran
Brooklyn, New York

Thinking of you the family with deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May you find peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. God Bless. Lion Joan Central Brooklyn Lion's Club

joan e douglas
Brooklyn, NY

PDG Keith, May your Soul Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory. My Sincere Condolences to the family..

Lion Marva Lewis
Brooklyn , New York

On behalf of the President and members of Brooklyn Leaders LC, please accept our condolences to the family.

Brooklyn, NY

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for the family. Hold to God's hand and he will bring you through your time of need. Lion Shannon, Bedford-Stuyvesant Lions Club

Lottie Shannon
Brooklyn, NY

Dear Cousin Simone, please accept my deepest condolences to you, Jordan and Soumaya and your wider family. I didn’t get to meet your father often but when I did I enjoyed my conversations with him. He was a lovely man. May he rest in peace. With Love Michelle

Michelle Nurse
London , England

Sincere condolences to the entire Headley family. May Lion Keith's soul rest in peace and rise in glory.

Rhonda Richards-Gibbons
Laurelton , New York

Randolph Noel
Brooklyn , New York

May your soul live on and have eternal life.. even though times are limited I respect you as a person , I love you and pray that you Rest In Peace.

Breana adkinson
Rock hill, SC

My deepest condolences to to Simone n family, love n prayers during this difficult time.

Brooklyn, NY

I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to your family.

Henry Dove
Newark , New Jersey

Love Love ❤

Trícia, Anagraciela, Antonio Scott
Brooklyn, NY

My deepest condolences to Bernadette and the rest of the family on the passing of Mr. Headley. May his soul rest in eternal peace and love, and may he be remembered with grace and kindness. Thinking of you in your time of bereavement. Warmly, Charmane.

Charmane Wong
New Rochelle , New York

Please accept my sympathies to the family

Beverly Greene Graham
Brooklyn , Ny

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Headley family. Sleep on Keith and take Your rest , we loved you, but God loved you best.

Wilhemenia Hughes
Brooklyn , NY

May your dad RIP and rise in glory. My condolences to you and your family.

Sharri Nurse-Hinds
Bridgetown , Barbados

My “Big” cousin Keith will be missed and never forgotten. He was the protector and mentor of the family. Keith was so special to his family that my mom, his aunt , picked her own name for him. “Fred “ as she liked to call him was also special to me . I also named my son Keith. Big keith is the only person I know who could make a cold soft drink with Jello and it didn’t jel. RIP Keithson.

Judith Amelia Sainten
Manchester, New Jersey

May GOD give you strength, comfort and peace. And beautiful memories.

Stephanie King
Collierville , TN

Dear Berna and Family, My deepest condolences on your loss. May God’s peace which surpasses all understanding guide you all through this turbulent time. May your hearts be filled with all the beautiful memories you shared together.

Michelle Hall
Miami Beach , Florida

Nenita, Pat, Simone and cousins I am so sorry to hear of out losing "Big Keith's". Let us all pray God open his gates and let Keith walk in to meet and greet all the other members of our family's who recently left us to go home My heart saddens as it's my one cousins I always thought, wow "Big Keith" your memories will always be with us. Your legacy will live on!!!

Charlene Aiken
Newark, NJ

I met Pops when I was in high school. I will always remember his smile and calming presence every time I hung out with Berna and Yvette. I have so many great memories of him. Losing a parent is one of the most painful experiences that we can go through. Pops' memory will live on through each and every one of us. There's one more angel watching over the family. Psalm 91:1 - He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Claudette Gordon
Mansfield, TX

I was saddened to learn of the passing of PDG Keith Headley, it was Lion Keith who gave me the first opportunity to serve at the District Level 97/98' I learnt as I watch him serve with COMMITTMENT AND DEDICATIONS to the Organization. WHat I most admired about Lion Keith during his year as District Governor was not having a car he visited every club in the District by train and or bus whether it rained or snowed, a combination of unlimited energy and highest devotion to the motto "We Serve". Ken and I wish to convey to his entire family, friends Lions and Leo's of District 20K-1 our health felt condolences, we pray the Almighty God may grant him eternal rest. .......Lion Nalda Wilkinson

Keith Ignacio Headley was a beloved and respected brother and uncle, of whom we often referred to as the godfather of the family--a tiltle he embodied to the fullest for the love he gave in spite of the miles that separated us. He is cherished in our hearts forever, for the expressions of care through countless phone calls, "thinking of you cards" and "just because" greetings. He carried on the legacy of his loving mother, Maria Panfilia Headley and now is up to us to take up the baton. We will always love you bother, and sweet "tio".

California Headley family
Manteca , CA

Bernadette Headley-Biggs and Family, my sincere condolences for your loss! May God give your entire family the Peace that Surpasses all Understanding! Blessings to all of you! Sandra Brewer

Sandra Brewer
Tulsa, Oklahoma

My condolences to my friend Bernadette and the Headley family. Words cannot express my sadness for your loss. I pray that God will hold you close to His ever loving heart, uplifting, supporting, encouraging and loving you all in this difficult time. God bless. ~Danielle Charles San Francisco, California

Danielle Charles
Richmond, California

We send our love and our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Shells and The Individuals from Civic
Hagerstown , Maryland

I send my condolences to the entire family and friends of Mr. Keith Headley. It was such a honor and pleasure to know him . He made me feel like family from the start. I admired his personality, intelligence and strength. He will be truly missed. Rest in peace.

Darquee Jackson
Linden , New Jersey

Bernadette, I’m sending my Deepest Condolences to you, & your entire family during this difficult time. May the Beautiful memories of your dad comfort you always. ❤️

Monica Champion - Adams
Morrisville, NC

Words cannot express my deepest sympathy to the Headley Family Even at a time of such unexpected sadness, "Love and Memories" endure And they will stay with you forever ! I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. Isaiah 41 : 10

Delia Carlotta Johnson
Panama, Panama

May God sustain you during your time of loss and always rember you have great memories of your dad.

Brenda Cheatham
Conyers, Ga.

My deepest condolences to the family and friends. Keith was a great humanitarian and a true friend. He will always be remembered as a great Lion member.

Past District Governor Pedro S. Vega
Brooklyn, Presently, Fort Lauderdale, N. Y., Fl

Dear Bernadette Peace, love and blessings to you and your family. Yvonne

Yvonne Andall
Lawrenceville, GA

I have known PDG Keith Headley for many years, I was a Zone Chair for his Club,!Clinton Hill Lions Club. He was a dedicated Lion and a great Leader. My deepest Condolences to his family. May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace+

Pauline C. Francis, PDG
Springfield Garden, New York

Douglas X. Alexander
Brooklyn, NY

Lion job well done

PDG Joyce and VDG Tony Cochran
Brooklyn, New York

Mr. Headley (Pips) taught me what kindess and patience look like. I'm remembering how kind and patient Mr. Headley was with three super energetic college (and beyond) girls popping in and out of his house at all times of the day and night....shaking his head of course and yet making us breakfast while still shaking his head. I'm remembering how Mr. Headley let the three of us hold our annual Christmas tributes to one another called, 'Sessions' in the late 1980s. And, when my mom died in 1994, he allowed me to grieve on his couch while my college roomies Bernadette and Caryn blew up balloon bouquets for her funeral. As I said, he was VERY kind and patient and had THE BEST smile and laughter than anyone in the world. It was divinely contagious. The world was better with him in it. I will miss him.

June M Grant
Atlanta, GA

Alvin Brereton
Brooklyn, New York

Alvin Brereton
Brooklynj÷, New York

Bernadette you and your family are in my heart and prayers. My condolences on the passing of your father.

Pamela Jemerson
Lawrenceville , GA

Please accept my condolences,may The Good Lord bless and keep you safe in this and always.

Valerie McKenzie
Snellville , Georgia

Bernadette, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Patricia

Patricia Little
Candor, North Carolina

Bernadette, I pray every memory, every shared moment of laughter, and your Dad’s words of wisdom and love bring you comfort and peace. ~Hugs and love, Caryn

Brandywine , MD

Sending much love to the Headley family during this difficult time. We are keeping you all in prayer, as we extend our deepest condolences.

Brittni Boyd
Coram, New York

My condolences, sending love and prayers during this time.

Brandywine , MD

We extend our deepest condolences and prayers and thoughts are with the Headley family. We love you Boyd family

LaVerne Boyd Family
Brentwood , NY

my deep deepest condolences we never had the pleasure of meeting but still was apart of me, so for now you sleep we will keep pushing on until then we will meet like old friends R.I.P. PS maybe even play game of Domino.

Trevor Mahoney
Royal Palm Beach, Florida

What a powerful and rich legacy birthed from a gentle spirit. May God continue to bless and comfort all of you, my extended family, and keep you in His unchanging hands. With love genuine, Darryl


Bernadette, my sincere prayers & condolences to you and your family. Rest In Peace Mr. Headley.

Aaron Ganaway
Harlem, New York

Yvette, Bernadette, Nicole and family and Dolores: My sincere sympathy to all. We have lost a fighter and a champ. He did a great job. The rest is left to us to continue. Thank God he is in a better place. He is looking down on us and wishing us well. I also extend my sympathy to all the members of Keith family. He loved you. I have lost my number one brother in law. I will see him one day. Love to all, Juana

juana conliffe
San Diego, CA

It saddens us deeply for your lost! Prayers and thoughts are with you all! May He Rest In Peace! The Biggs Family!

The Biggs Family
Winder, GA

Olidia Gordon
Valley Stresm, New York

So sorry for your lost. Many blessings to you and your family

Debbie Hamilton
Hagerstown , Md

Love and miss you Pops! There was no one like you. You were a grandpops to my daughter Keziah(Cassia) her face would light up every time you opened the door for her after school. #bestposever!!

Sandra Belgrave
Brooklyn, New York

Our prayers go up for the Headley family. I pray to the Father and thank You that the family does not sorrow, because they believe that Jesus died and rose again so will their Father who sleeps in Jesus to be united with You once again. I ask that You comfort the Headley children and family members, for You said “ Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” In Jesus name !

Ed & Carol Matthews
Haverstraw , New York

Yvette, So very sorry to hear of your father passing! Cherish the memories!! Love you!! Sending prayers to you and your family!

Betty Ankeny
Ellerslie , Md

So glad to have met “Pops”. He really seemed to enjoy coming to our home for picnics. We were honored to have him. May the family treasure and heal through the great memories you all have of him.

Richard and Noreen Getts
Hagerstown, MD

I am so sorry for your families loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lauren Dickey
Waynesboro, PA

Remembering the times he take would take care Of me and cousin victor showing us a lot when we were young even when I didn’t get it. Love you pops. See you on the other side

Marcos Headley
Brooklyn, NY

Mr. Headley, it’s hard to believe that I’ve never met you after hearing so much about you for so many years from Simone. Even now I play back in my head the many joyous memories that Simone has shared with me about her dad. Of one thing is for sure, she loved and adored her daddy and cherished the time spent with you. I will miss hearing her stories,..hearing your stories. My condolences to the entire Headley family for losing such a wonderful loved one.

Dennis Donovan
Flushing, Queens , NY

I send my love and prayers to the entire family. We are mourning the loss of an amazing, loving Man. I’m glad to have spent many of my younger years with you Pops. Forever In My Heart ❤️

Sherri-Nicole Lambert-Griffith
Brooklyn , NY

Sincere condolences to the family. May his soul RIP and rise in glory .

Imogene Miller
Elmont, NY - New York

Dear Headley Family, Please accept my sincere apologies to the entire family. Pops was like a father to me, and I really appreciated everything he did for me as a child growing up and treated me like one of his children. Words can never express how grateful I was that he was in my life and treated me like one of his own children. Love, GN

Gina Nurse
Brooklyn, NY

Keith you were quiet and loving Gentleman You will alway will remember for thought and kind words. May your soul rest in peace and rise in glory.

Michelle Nurse
Kingsland Terrace, Christ Church , Barbados

Keith I only have fond memories of you. You included my daughter and treated her as your own. May God comfort your family and may you Rest In Peace.

Marcia Smith
Newark , NJ

My sincerest condolences to the children and family of Mr. Headley. Simone spoke fondly of you always and cherished every moment she had with you. It was a pleasure having had the opportunity to know you through Simone and I pray that you rest peacefully is GOD'S loving arms forever! You will be missed dearly.

Tiffany Smartt-Alves

My condolences. My heart goes out to you

Migdalia Torres
Jamaica, NY - New York

With deepest sympathy to the Headley family. Your loved one has passed, but never leave your heart and memories. May he Rest In Peace. With loving thoughts. Celina

Celina Downs
Homestead , Florida

Although it's through his obituary, I'm happy I had an opportunity to learn about this wonderful father documented by his loved ones. To Bernie and the rest of the family, "Weeping may endure during the night, but Joy comes in the morning". He will be in your heart always. Be Blessed my friend and your family as well. Phyllis Murphy

Phyllis Murphy
Atlanta, Georgia

Simone, Please know that you and your family are in my heart and mind. My deepest condolences to the passing of your father, whom I know you were extremely close to. Always remember that I am just a phone call away, anytime. Thanks, Ryan.

Ryan R Hinds
Garland, Texas

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