William O. "Bill" Key Jr.

January 23, 1926July 3, 2013

William O. “Bill” Key, Jr., age 87, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013. He was born January 23, 1926 in the Kamey community of Calhoun County, to the late William O. and Agnes Bordovsky Key Sr. He was a member of Midtown Church of Christ. He was a retired pipeline maintenance supervisor for Union Carbide. Bill also proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign and the Philippine Liberation. Bill treasured the time spent with his family and close friends. Thru the years, he enjoyed his horses, the outdoors, and fishing. He was very special to his family and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Bill is survived by his wife, Betty J. Key; daughters, Janis Ann Fossati and husband Timothy of Nursery, and Nancy Carol Fortenberry and husband Michael of Normana; son, Dwayne Key and wife Crestina of Beeville; brother, Norman T. Key and wife Valeria of La Porte; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and special friends, Blake and Jennifer Shaw, Sharon Hamilton, and Cathy Thomason. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Thelma Fread; and brothers, Monroe J. Key and Wayne G. Key. Visitation will be held 4:00pm to 7:00 pm Friday, July 5, 2013 at Colonial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Midtown Church of Christ, with Mr. Will McDonald officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery with full military honors under Auspices of Victoria County Veterans Council, AL, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, Ex-POW, MOPH, VVA and the KWV Serving as pallbearers will be Weldon Holmes, Paul Purswell, Mony Key, Roger Smith, Jeffery Key, Virgil Simms, and Alan Harrod. Honorary pallbearers include his grandsons, Nick Barsness, William Fossati, and Juan Rincon, and nephew, Robert Koenig. Memorial contributions may be made to Midtown Church of Christ. Words of comfort may be shared with the Family at Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, 361-578-3535


  • Visitation Thursday, July 4, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, July 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2013

William O. "Bill" Key Jr.

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Curtis Kerth

July 5, 2013

Betty, Janis, Dewayne and Nancy.
We will miss Bill very much.
I have thought of Bill as my older brother who provided help and advice through out these past years. If it weren't for him and Betty, I'm not sure were Edna and I would be today. Bill was always there for us if we needed anything.
Bill is truly one of our "Greatest Generation".
Our deepest sympathy always,
Curtis & Edna

Darla Leatherwood

July 4, 2013

Janis & family,
My sympathy goes out to you & your family. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. I know how difficult this sad time is as my Daddy passed in 2010 & i miss him every day. He & I were great friends as well & my husband was a devoted "son" to him. I would like to share a couple of verses with you all that have been a comfort to me:
" Time cannot steal the treasures that we carry in our hearts, nor ever dim the shining thoughts our cherished past imparts, & memories of the ones we've loved still cast their gentle glow to grace our days & light our paths wherever we may go."

"Our loved ones leave behind spaces in the world that can never be filled, but they leave behind LOVE & LIGHT in each of us, sparks of joy & hope that live in our hearts & give strength to our souls."

May God comfort you all.