James E. KEY Sr.
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YORKTOWN - James E. Key Sr., of Yorktown, passed away peacefully at home on March 21.
He was born in Newport News to the late Robert Samuel and Mary Rebecca Key. He was also preceded in death by his brother, R.S. Key.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years, JoAnn Green Key. Also left to cherish his memory are daughters, Bonnie G. Key, of Hampton; Pamela C. Fiddler and husband Eric, of Northern Virginia; brother, William G. Key and wife Pat, of Duck Key, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Mary Key; and four grandchildren of Pennsylvania. The family would also like to thank, dear friend, Shirley White, for her care and concern.
Jim was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding as a design engineer for 41 years. For the past 10 years, he has delighted his friends and clients with his design and construction expertise. A 'Handyman Extraordinaire!!'
A memorial service will be held at the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, 410 Grafton Drive, Yorktown, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 W. Evergreen Ave., Suite 204, Chicago, Il 60642 or at info@pulmonaryfibrosis.org. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

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Published in Daily Press from Mar. 22 to Mar. 24, 2012.
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November 12, 2016
November 12, 2016
Sorry to hear about Jimmy death. We were child hood friends.
Ernest "Doc" Scoggin
April 4, 2012
Barb and I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Although we have only been friends for a short time we consider ourselves fortunate to have had the pleasure of knowing Jim and enjoying the times we spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Barb and Larry Hillman, New Jersey
March 26, 2012
Bonnie -

I did not have the pleasure of knowing your Dad. At his memorial service I was able to gain some insight into his character - it is clear where your generosity and caring nature towards people come from -

Your Dad "is" respected and loved by so many people - there is no higher compliment -

I am here for you. You are in my heart,
Pat Forbes
March 26, 2012
Dear JoAnn,
I am so sorry about your loss of Jim. It has been a long time since we were neighbors but I have such good memories.
Eula Davis
March 24, 2012
Bonnie..we are so sorry about the loss of your dad. I just read about it online this morning. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Love, Kitty and Terry
Kitty and Terry Heffington
March 24, 2012
Today, I send my sincere condolences to you and your family. Although I had never met your dad, I feel like I had. When I would hear people talk about you and your dad, I would often hear people say, "the apple didn't fall far from the tree." He must have been a special person. We know you will miss him terribly, Boo.
With My Sympathy,
Dan Anzur
March 23, 2012
Dear JoAnn and family,
We are very sorry for your loss of Jim. Our memories will always be of Jim as one of the most generous and giving people ever. He helped everyone in his life and always made you laugh. Our prayers are with you for strength during this most difficult time. If you ever need any help please call us. We will see you when we get home.

God Bless You,
Bob and Donna Lushbaugh
Donna and Bob Lushbaugh
March 23, 2012
To Our Dearest Bonnie:
We have arms to hug you, we have ears to listen to you (although for many of us our hearing is dimishing), and our hearts are aching to see you smile and laugh with us again at the YMCA at Taylor Bend. We love you...but you already knew that!
Lamb Chop & The Golden Girls
March 23, 2012
JoAnn and Family: I am sorry for your loss. Although I haven't seen any of you for 40 years, I fondly remember visiting Jim's home, playing with Jimmy and Billy, laughing with Uncle Sam and eating Aunt Beck's chicken. May God comfort you and bring back fond memories of Jim during this time.
Steve Graham
March 23, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I know this must be a very tough time for you and I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You are one of the strongest people I know, but if you need anything I will be there in a heartbeat. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

-Your basketball baby
March 23, 2012

I offer heartfelt and sincere condolences from the Rokahr family. After years of hunting with him in King William, Key holds a special place in my heart and will be dearly missed (or is that "deerly" missed?). It will be difficult to walk through the woods without being reminded of Key's smiling face and wonderful personality. God bless.
Goetz Rokahr
March 23, 2012
Bonnie I am so sorry to hear of your Dad, I have such fond memories of him when you and I were growing up. You and your family are in my prayers.
Susan Parsons Kitchen
March 23, 2012
Bonnie, we were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Our prayers go out to you and your family for strength and peace during this difficult time.
Howard & Helene Smith
March 23, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a wonderful man who always offered me and my family a warm welcome and a good laugh at the Cabin. I will always cherish my memories of my time with him there.
Malcolm Matheson
March 23, 2012

Sympathy from an "old" high school band classmate.
Ann Butts
March 22, 2012
Wishing your family my condolences. May you all be shielded by love. Frances Scheinman Berkman
March 22, 2012

I know your heart is aching with the passing of your dad. Keep the memories alive, and he will live in your heart forever. If you need me, I will be there for you with love and support.
March 22, 2012
Dear Bonnie:
There is nothing that I can say to lessen your pain and your sadness during this difficult time. Just remember that you have many, many friends who love and care about you; we are only a phone call away. My sincere and heart-felt condolences to you and your family.
March 22, 2012
JoAnn and Family so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was one special Man I feel so lucky to have known Jim, you are all in my prayers.

Janet and Martin Moran
March 22, 2012
Dear JoAnn and family;
We are so saddened about the news of Jim's passing. I know you have so many fond memories of him. We want you to know we are thinking of you in this time of sorrow.
Bobby and Beverly Sweeney
Beverly Sweeney
March 22, 2012
JoAnn and Pam, Elmer and I are shocked and devastated to hear of Jim's passing. We loved Key.
Elmer & Gloria Fisher
March 22, 2012
Dear JoAnn and Pam, I am so sorry to hear about Key. We had not seen each other in a few years, however,I will always consider y'all friends. My heart and prayers go out to both of you during this time. Key made the world a special place, he will be greatly missed. If their is anything I could ever do to help you, please call me. All my love and support to you.
Trey Fisher
March 22, 2012
Dear JoAnn and family,
We were so sorry to hear about our dear cousin, Jim. We have so many fond memories of him and have had many wonderful times and laughs with him and his entire family. May it comfort you to know that our thoughts are with you today and always.
Ted and Ethel Carmines of Indiana
Ted and Ethel Carmines
March 22, 2012
He was one of a kind, always had a smile, you could tell he loved life. Glad we got to know him.
Pat & John Borcherding
March 22, 2012
I am so blessed to have known this wonderful man. He was so kind and giving and will always hold a special place in my heart. He will truly be missed by many.
Renee Strickland
March 22, 2012
My sympathy goes out to the family of Jim. Always friendly, always a Gentleman.
He will be missed.
Clarence Hargus
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