John Hughes Key Sr. (1921 - 2013)

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John Hughes

Key, Sr.

John Hughes Key, Sr., age 92 of Clarksville, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013 at his residence. Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Sykes Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Dorsey officiating. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born July 9, 1921 in Woodlawn, TN to the late Gus Frank and Mary Ruth Shelby Key. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Langford Key; brothers, William Key and Larry Buford Key.

He served in the US Navy during WWII and later as a Metal Worker at Langford's Welding and Steel Works, as Maintenance Forman at Trane, Pipe Fitter at TVA and later founded Key's Home Maintenance. He was also a member of Trenton Assembly of God Church, a member of Masonic Lodge 89, VFW and American Legion.

He is survived by son, John H. (Sharon) Key II; daughter, Joan E. (Warren) Zufall; brothers, Jesse Edward (Katherine) Key, Eugene "Pappy" (Janet) Key; grandchildren, John H. (Amy) Key III, Franklin Jason (Phyllis) Key, Shanna Ruth Key; great-grandchildren, Kayla Key (Doug) Bailey, John H. (Whitney) Key IV, Cole Key, Victoria Key, Harley Key, Marianna Key, A.J. Rutherford, Isabella Key, Daniel Key; great-great-grandchildren, John H. Key V and Bradyn Bailey.

Pallbearers will be John H. Key IV, Tim Goode, Jim Langley, Billy Batson, David Griffee, Doug Bailey. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mike Silvey and Jimmy King.

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Funeral Home
Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
424 Franklin Street Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 647-1562
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Leaf Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2013
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