Graveside services for John D Key, age 92, of Pensacola, Florida will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 4PM at Carter Hills Cemetery with Higgins Funeral Home in charge of services. Mr. Key passed away February 14th in Florida.
He was a native of Fort Oglethorpe, GA and the son of the late Col. John David and Wilma Hicks Key. A World War II Army Veteran, he saw active duty in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Awards included nine bronze stars for campaigns in Tunisia, Normandy, Northern France, Egypt and Libya. After the war he attended the University of Alabama and was a draftsman for the Federal Housing Authority. After moving to Memphis, he designed, built and was administrator of Neff-Key Nursing Home. In Pensacola, FL before retirement, he was the architect’s liaison during the building of the new Washington HS.
He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years Dorothy June Key of Pensacola. He is also survived by his first wife Mary Neff Key of Knoxville, the mother of his four children, Mary Margaret Carter (Lex) of Knoxville, TN, Alan Reeves Key (Mary) and John Neff Key, both of Olive Branch, MS. William Neely Key (Joanie) of Navarre, FL his stepson Gil Stewart (Jeanne) of Andersonville, TN, ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Foundation, PO Box 440225, Nashville, TN 37244.