Rev. Basil Key

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Funeral service for the Rev. Basil Key, 87, will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Full Gospel Church of Anniston with the Rev. James Abernathy and the Rev. Kenneth Troy Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at Union Hill Congregational Methodist Church with Benefield Funeral Home of Wedowee in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight from 6 - 8. The Rev. Key will lie in state at the church for two hours before service begin on Saturday. Rev. Key passed away Wednesday, April 05, 2017, at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Odessa Key, of Wedowee; one daughter, Angela Ophelia Peterson (husband, Troy), of Spring Arbor, Mich.; one son, Basil Timothy Key (wife, Roxane), of Anniston; five grandchildren, Kristine Marshall (husband, Arron), of San Jose, Calif., Lindsey Peterson, of Spring Arbor, Mich., Michael Timothy Key, of Chattanooga, Tenn., James Turley Jr., (wife, Alethia), of Greenwood, Ind. and April McWilliams (husband, J.P.), of Oxford; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ethel Bean, of Huntsville, Betty Hendrix, of Huntsville and Naomi Hill, of Wedowee; a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Michael Key, Loyd Craft, Scott Maddox, Randy Maddox, Edward Johnson and Bobby McVey. A Wedowee native, the Rev. Key was born on December 3, 1929, the son of William Wesley "Bill" and Weda Ophelia East Key. He was a member of the First Congregational Full Gospel Church of Anniston, a United States Army veteran and worked as a mechanic for the Anniston Army Depot. The Rev. Key was of the Holiness faith and was a minister of the Gospel for 56 years and an ordained elder for nine years. He helped organize four churches, three still winning souls for Christ. The Rev. Key pastored for more than 30 years, worked in nursing home ministry for over ten years, jail ministry for over 25 years, radio ministry for about 15 years, and witnessed to anyone who would listen to him for 65 years, since he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Benefield Funeral Home
20 West Broad Street
Wedowee, AL 36278
(256) 357-2888
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Published in The Anniston Star on Apr. 7, 2017