OBITUARY

Dr. James David Key

March 5, 1939December 30, 2018
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James David Key, MD, JD, PHD, Son of James Orman Key and Syble Pauline Stewart Key was born on March 5, 1939 in Post, TX. Dr. Key walked and lived an amazing journey. Man with many Honors and great achievements. He was fortunate to experience numerous adventures and was able to share stories of how he was able to imprint in a great number of lives.

Dr. James David Key a retired Colonel of the United State Airforce who was fortunate to have served during the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Dessert Storm, Bosnia/Kosovo War. Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon and attorney at Law throughout the State of Texas. An avid Pilot and a Man of GOD. His many scholars are from Lubbock High in 1957, Christian University in 1959, Juris Diction from South Texas Law School of Houston, and MBA from Southern Methodist University.

His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his amazing wife Claudia Selene Rodriguez and his gorgeous children: James David Key the Third, James Edward Key, Syble Pauline Stewart Key, James Orman Key, James David Key Jr., Amy Key Curtis, Cynthia Key Gibson, Son in Law Ethan Gibson. Grand Children Luke Curtis, Caleb Curtis, Daniel Gibson, Peter Gibson, Max Gibson, and Great Grandson Tripp Gibson.

A visitation will occur Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079 with funeral service to follow at 12:30 PM. A committal service will occur Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:15 PM at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial, Houston, TX 77038.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Key family.

  • FAMILY

  • His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his amazing wife Claudia Selene Rodriguez and his gorgeous children: James David Key the Third, James Edward Key, Syble Pauline Stewart Key, James Orman Key, James David Key Jr., Amy Key Curtis, Cynthia Key Gibson, Son in Law Ethan Gibson. Grand Children Luke Curtis, Caleb Curtis, Daniel Gibson, Peter Gibson, Max Gibson, and Great Grandson Tripp Gibson.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • James David Key
  • James David Key Jr.
  • James Edward Key
  • Maxwell Gibson
  • Clay Stewart

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Dr. James David Key

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Claudia Key

January 13, 2019

Amor hoy fue un día muy difícil sin ti. Por que ir a la iglesia ⛪. Hacer las cosas que hacíamos contigo. Y tenerlas que hacer sin ti. Es muy doloroso. Llegar a la casa después de dejar a los niños a la escuela y saber que ya no estas esperándome es muy triste. Cuanto diera por escuchar tu voz otra vez. te Amooooo.

JONI MEEK-DONNELL

January 10, 2019

Pops, you were a one of kind. Will never forget you, or your love of life. You loved your children unconditionally. We traveled many places and treated many people you and I. I will miss you and your advice and knowledge. Rest in peace Sir.

Claudia Key

January 9, 2019

Amor perdón por no decirte todo lo que sentía y decir todas las cosas maravillosas que pasamos juntos. Pero no hubiera podido por todo el dolor que sentía. Yo se que hubiera llorado como loca Estoy muy orgullosa de todos tus hijos. Espero y puedas sentir todo el amor y respeto que sentían por ti. Y ahora si quiero que vengas y me jales los pies como me decías. Y quisiera poder haberte dado muchos más besos cada vez que me decías. Gracias por estar conmigo Pero sabes Dios tenía un mejor plan Para ti. Ya sin tanto sufrimiento Ya estás rodeado de tus seres queridos en el cielo. Y abriéndonos el camino a nosotros para poder reunirnos algún día. Por siempre y para siempre Te amo 😍.

MaryAnne Owens

January 8, 2019

Sincere condolences to the family,
Navy Officers' Spouses Club of San Antonio

Margarita Balderas

January 8, 2019

The first night I meet James David Key , 1999, was that night when he brought my daughter from my heart. Claudia Rodriguez and since then we've had a great time and amazing conversations relating to his little family and his experiences going through many battles (Vietnam war to mention one) another was when he patiently explained me how the human body was connected to the nerve system. In the museum of Art of Houston. That day I ask you a question and you were so patient with me , my limit English I speak back then ho well, was your reaction when I ask since you known all of that nerves, can you tell me where we'll have placed our souls? then you suddenly started on me and said, well! Maggie that answer only God knows I never thought about it! :-( I am going to miss you James. Dr. Key!
No worries I will watch your kiddos and I will give them some advice. Thanks for the flowers you brought to me back then, you knew it my love for any flower. You did an amazing job, your childrens and Claudia love you and they will miss you. RIP.

Johanna Lara

January 7, 2019

I met Dr. James Key about two years ago and he was a very sweet person and a such a joy to be around with. He will truly be missed.

Kelly Key

January 6, 2019

JD was also my first cousin - he called Frankie and I the "Florida Keys" - I too didn't get to see him often but when I did, he always filled the room with his presence. When I was very little, the first time I saw him I thought he was a movie star :) Throughout the years, on our rare visits, he made us feel so special. What a gift he had and brilliant surgeon! I had the pleasure of working with him too for many years, as my company transcribed his medical notes. One of the fondest memories I have of JD, is when I was 8 months pregnant, fell down the stairs and broke my toe - he had just arrived for a visit and ended up setting my toes and caring for me at the house. We had such a laugh together. He will always be remembered and cherished by the "Florida Keys" as a dear precious part of our huge family, no matter how far away. I am so sorry for all of you, his dear children and wife, but know he is not far away and this is truly a temporary separation - you WILL see him again... Fly strong and free sweet JD, we all love you!

Frances (Frankie) Key

January 5, 2019

JD was my first cousin and very special to me. We did not see each other frequently because I live in Florida, but whenever we did it was full of laughter and the sharing of memories. I have never known anybody quite like him and most likely never will! He could entertain with stories and the telling of hilarious adventures like nobody I’ve ever talked to. I loved his voice because he sounded so much like my own father, Raymond Key. I miss him even though I didn’t get to see him as often as I’d wish. It was a comfort just knowing he was there. I pray he is at peace and enjoying the continuation of his journey through the heavens. He left a wonderful legacy and made the world a better place.

Edward Key

January 5, 2019

I remember one time there was a bad hurricane about to hit Houston during the school year which my father learned of ahead of time because he was always someone who was prepared. So he got our whole family to stay in Dallas at his house. All of my siblings were glad to be taking a mini vacation, although my dad had other plans and enrolled us in school because he did not want us falling behind in our studies. Looking back I am so grateful for having someone that cared so much for me, he always told me his love was unconditional and never ending. Although he may not be here physical, his presence is still felt and everlasting and will forever hold a permanent place in my heart. The hardest goodbyes are said to the people you care for and love the most. This is the toughest goodbye I have ever had to say in my life so far, but my father is in a better place. Thanks for everything

Claudia Key

January 5, 2019

We love you. Forever and ever ❤️