Terry Douglas Key

August 1, 1955October 1, 2010

Terry Douglas Key, 55, of Collettsville passed away Friday, October 01, 2010 in Burke County.

Mr. Key was born in Caldwell County to the late Carl Eugene Key and Nancy Lorraine Franklin Key of Collettsville. He was a graduate of Haywood Community College with an Associates Degree in Forestry. He was employed as a land manager with Crescent Resources and a former volunteer Fire Chief of Collettsville Fire Department, a member of Zion Baptist Church in Morganton where he was a member of the choir and a member of the Men of Harmony Quartet. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman and a member of many Bass Fishing Clubs.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his son, Heath Brandon Key and an infant brother, Boyd Key.

He is also survived by his wife, Gaye Ford Key, of the home; his son, Trevor Cain Key and wife Ashley of Collettsville; a brother, Floyd Key of Collettsville and a sister, Linda Key of Lenoir and her fiancé Campbell Roberts and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 06, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church of Morganton, with Dr. Steve Parker and Pastor Brian Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Key Family Cemetery in Collettsville. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Harrison, Patrick Houpe, Gary Avery, Mike Goodman, Robert Lail and Jeff Franklin. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be fellow avid fisherman.

The Key family requests that memorials be made to the Foothills Outdoorsmen Association, P O Box 22, Collettsville, NC 28611 or to the Zion Baptist Family Life Center, c/o Zion Baptist Church, 3396 Pea Ridge Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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Pendry’s Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Key family.



  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 6, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 6, 2010


  • Burial

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Gari Carter

October 28, 2010

Gaye - I'm so sorry to hear this news. Terry was so kind and gracious when I spoke to him on the phone, just a distant cousin out of the blue. What a generous soul. May God bless you and Trevor, and bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead. Gari

Mike, Janee', Aaron & Katie Ramsey

October 8, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers will remain with you. Aaron called me last Thursday, telling me of this tragic news and the potential (at that time) loss for you and the Benfield family. It seems so unreal. God will continue to be in your presence and now Terry has entered God's direct presence. Aaron has never forgotten Terry taking me and Aaron out on Lake James for one of the RA fishing days when Aaron was about 10 or so. Sometimes it's the smallest things that make the greatest impression on folks. Rest assured we'll continue to pray for your family in the days to come.

Bill Parks

October 8, 2010

Gaye and family I am so sorry for your loss. I also lost a very good friend in Terry Key. He will be missed greatly. God Bless all of you. .

Robert, Lauren, Natalie, Madison, & Conner Clark

October 7, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss. Terry was a wonderful person with a neverending smile. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed but never forgotten. We love you all.


October 7, 2010


Lisa Cook

October 7, 2010

Sorry for your loss. My God be with your family in this time of need.
Lisa (Pennell) Cook

pam tolbert

October 7, 2010

Lorraine and Floyd i am so sorry you have lost Terry especially so soon after Gene. I am glad i got to bring Kat to visit you. She really loved you all and enjoyed being there. Pam Tolbert

Derek Enloe

October 6, 2010

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Terry. Please accept our condolences. You and your family are in our prayers. Derek and Lisa Enloe

Nolan Hancock

October 6, 2010

May God bless and comfort you. Our prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Nolan and Judy Hancock

October 6, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.