George Junior Key, 83, of Cross Plains, GA., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 6. He was surrounded by his loving family when he passed. He was born to the late George Zachery Key and the late Fay Latimer Key on Sept. 24, 1930. He was the oldest of three children. He was also preceded in death by his younger brother, Milton Zachery Key.
Mr. Key is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Edna Taylor Key. He
is also survived by his sister, Sandra Key Turner and her husband Albert Turner. Mr. Key has two daughters: Alicia Key Wester and Theresa Key
Hubbard, with their husbands, Tommy Wester and Alan Hubbard. His only
son is Joey Key with his wife, Rita Key. He has three granddaughters:
Casey Beaty and her husband Kevin Beaty; Kristen Hubbard Huddleston and
her husband Charlie Huddleston; and Julia Key.
Mr. Key was baptized on July 26, 1942. He graduated from Whitesburg
School in 1949 and then attended Berry College for one quarter. He
worked for R.E.A. installing electric lines. He drove the school bus and surveyed land. He farmed and did saw-milling. He could tell you exactly where a tree was going to fall that he was cutting down!
In 1951 he joined the Air Force for four years and went to basic
training in Texas. He had B-47 Specialist Training and Jet Engine
School. He was stationed in San Anton, and Amarillo, TX., and
Columbus, Ohio, and even Upper Hayford, England for 3-4 months during
the Korean Conflict. While on Christmas leave in 1951, he married Miss
Edna Julia Taylor on Christmas Day!
In 1954, he came back to Carrollton and worked for Southwire. In 1955,
he joined Eastern Airlines. In 1956, he was transferred to Miami,
Florida where he was an apprentice to become a licensed aircraft
mechanic. Alicia was born to them in Miami, in 1957.
The Keys moved to College Park in 1960. Theresa arrived in 1961 and Joey arrived in 1962. They moved to Carrollton in 1971 and built their home
next door to his parent’s home. They built 5 chicken houses. Mr. Key
continued to work for Eastern Airlines for 34 years. Which included
being chief mechanic for Air Force One during President Nixon’s
Mr. Key was very active in his church. He was ordained as Deacon in 1958 and as Elder in 1970. Projects that they were responsible for included
new carpet, the church steeple, new fellowship tables, and the stained
glass baptistery window just to name a few. He retired from active
Eldership on November 21, 2004 after 47 years of being a dedicated
shepherd and steward at Cross Plains Christian Church. As long as he was physically able, he continued to attend and greet every one with a
great big smile and a warm handshake.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Gordon and
his office for their dedication and care of this family. Tanner Hospice
has been very gracious with their time and resources. We as a family are so grateful to the agency, “Better off at Home” because he was so much
better off at home.
Visitation will be today from 5 until 8 p.m. at Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel. The body will be placed in state at the church at 2:00 PM and the family will receive friends
there from 2 p.m. until the service hour.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. from Cross Plains Christian Church with Min. J. C. Cook, Min. Don
Boswell, Min. Dick Hollis, and Min. Joel Eynon officiating. Music will
be provided by Solid Foundation. Interment will follow in the church
Military Honors will be performed by American Legion Honor
Guard. Pallbearers will be Joel Hubbard, Jeff Pate, Phil Bishop, T. J.
Treadwell, John Sticher, and Jason Sticher. Honorary pallbearers will be Wendell Sticher, C.H. Gilley, Larry Bishop, and Frank Carroll. Flowers
are welcome, but for those who desire, the family requests memorial
contributions be made to the charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at
Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of the arrangements.
View the online memorial here.