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In Memory of Ralph Keith Register

October 11, 1962 - January 31, 2017

Keith Register entered peacefully into heaven at the age of 54 on January 31, 2017. Keith spent his school years in Charlotte, North Carolina where his love for football took root. He started playing Pop Warner football as soon as he was old enough and when he could finally talk his mother, Nita into letting him play. Keith continued to play football through high school and that drive and love of the game provided him with the opportunity to play football for Appalachian State University. While attending school at ASU, Keith also met the love of his life, Sherri. His father, Ralph, had asked Keith to take ROTC courses while he was at school and another passion was born, to serve his country. At the end of 4 years Keith's football playing days were over, however, thanks to his ROTC success for 4 years, he was beginning a new career as a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Keith and Sherri were married in High Point, North Carolina before Keith left for his first duty station in Germany, and later in Virginia and North Carolina. During his time in the Army, Keith served his country proudly, participating in the first Gulf War and made many lifelong friends. After separating from the Army, Keith settled in Charlotte, NC in order to work with his parents' business Registered Transportation. It was during this time, Keith met his best friend and "brother" Keith King. The two shared a love of golf, beverages, and making each other laugh. A few years after Keith had to close Registered Transportation, Keith went into business with his brother and best friend, Keith King. Keith's football playing days were over, however his passion for the game transitioned to coaching. The job of side-line parent quickly turned into a volunteer coaching position when Kyle started playing Pop Warner football at South Park Youth Association. The spark was united and Keith was knee-deep in the football program at SPYA for many years through coaching, concession stand, board member, football director, and finally SPYA board president. He coached both of his boys throughout their time as South Park Falcons. After his boys were finished, the need to get back to coaching was strong and Keith took a position coaching football at Country Day Middle School until health issues prevented him from continuing his passion.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sherri Register, and sons, Kyle and Zachary Register. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Nita, his precious Grandmother Bratcher, and recently his grandson, Mason. Keith was also an uncle and cousin to an amazing assortment of young people that he loved dearly.
A celebration of Keith's amazing life will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 at McEwen Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. A gathering of family and friends will follow the celebration. Please join us in celebrating Keith's passion for football by wearing your favorite team's jersey/shirt or colors. The family would like to thank all of the nurses doctors, and staff at Carolina Medical Center Pineville and the nurses at Hospice House of Union County for their kindness and patience during this time. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Park Youth Association, Tom Little Scholarship.