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MOULTRIE, GA. -- Cecil Washington Key, 90, of Moultrie, GA., died Tuesday, January 02, 2018 at The Golden Apple.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Cobb Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Robert McCoy officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Dale Cemetery.
Casketbearers will be Scott Stuart, Bobby Goodin, Robert Redmond, Michael Redmond, Merritt Williams and Cory Williams.
Born August 31, 1927 in Anniston, Alabama he was the son of the late Felix Walter Key and Ollie Bell Johnson Key. He lived a long, healthy full life, full of drive and ambition. He never gave up on his dreams and the things he wanted to accomplish. He was number 7 out of 11 children, and when he was in the 8th grade he had to drop out of school to work and help take care of his mother, brothers and sisters. When he was 18, he was drafted in the United States Army where he would serve the next two years of his life in Guam and Hawaii. When he returned, he married Ethel Norman who he would stay married to for the next 68 years. When his oldest daughter was a toddler he decided to attend college. He was always good with numbers, so he set out to be an accountant, and he did just that. He went for two years to Norman Junior College and graduated with an accounting degree and was top in his class. The college administrator was so impressed they hired him to keep their books at the college. In his years ahead, he eventually opened his own business of being a General Contractor where he was very successful. He also fulfilled his dream to become a pilot, then purchased his very own airplane and flew his family all around. He loved the Lord and family with all his heart and he also became a lay minister and was happy to share Jesus Christ with others. Mr. Key was a member of Autryville Baptist Church. We will always cherish our heart to heart talks we had with him and all the wonderful advice he gave. We are thankful for all the years of his endless love and his encouragement to fight for what we believe. We are so thankful to have spent this past Sunday with him where he looked in all of our eyes and told us how much he loved us. Now he is with Jesus and the love of his life. He left generation after generation a lot to be thankful for. We are forever thankful.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ethel Geneva Norman Key.
Survivors include three children, Belinda Key DeCesare and Michael of Americus, Gail Key Hoffpauir and John of Albany, Randall Corbett Key and Sharon of Colorado; nine grandchildren, Lynn Reed and Marc, Scott Stuart and Amy, Janice Goodin and Bobby, Robert Redmond, Michael Redmond and Ashley, Merritt Williams, Cory Williams, Carrie Williams, Johnny Hoffpauir and Jennifer; nineteen great-grandchildren, Joshua Vincent, Savannah Vincent, Gage Reed, Evan Stuart, Shannon Stuart, Brandon Stuart, Chasen Reed, Ashton Goodin, Berkley Goodin, Payton Goodin, Walker Redmond, Hunter Redmond, Gabriel Redmond, Aubree Redmond, Sawyer Redmond, Jakob Renew, Ryder Morrison, Bella Morrison and J.C. Hoffpauir IV; one great-great-grandchild, Maddox Reed; brother, Neal Key and Jeannette, Doyle Key and Merita all of Norman Park, GA.; sister Lucille Smith of Norman Park, GA.
The family will receive friends from 1:00PM-2:00PM Saturday at Cobb Funeral Chapel.
Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
Published on January 3, 2018
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