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03/22/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Jim Key

James E. Key, Sr.
(29 Nov 193_ - 21 Mar 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad if slightly belated edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.      Jim Key, Class of 1957, brother of Bill Key and of the late R.S. Key, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at his home in Yorktown.

  From Peggy Johnson ('60) of OH - 03/31/12, 10:11 AM - "    Jim Key":


Jim Key, '57, died on 3/21. His obit was in the DP 3/22-3/24...

Peggy Johnson

Oh, Peggy, I'm sorry to hear this!  Thank you so much for letting me know.

From the Daily Press - 03/22/12:

       James E. Key, Sr.


    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 Key
  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 View View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from March 22 to March 24, 2012.
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March 22, 2012 
My sympathy goes out to the family of Jim. Always friendly, always a Gentleman.
He will be missed.

~ Clarence Hargus, Middlesex County, Virginia

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, Yorktown, Virginia

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, Yorktown, Virginia

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, Palo Alto, California

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.

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, Yorktown, Virginia

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, Williamsburg, Virginia

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 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.

~ Lynette, Chesapeake, Virginia

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.

~ Friend

March 22, 2012

Wishing your family my condolences. May you all be shielded by love.

~ Frances Scheinman Berkman

March 23, 2012 


Sympathy from an "old" high school band classmate.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 diminishing), 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!

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

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 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

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, Newport News, Virginia

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, Newport News, Virginia

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Key family and their friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also recorded here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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