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John Russell Key

January 1, 1931 — August 26, 2016

John Russell “ J.R.” Key, age 85 of Athens, passed away Friday, August 26, 2016, at a local healthcare facility. Born on January 1, 1931 in McMinn County to the late Russell Hamilton and Annie Burke Key, He had lived in Michigan for 40 years and then at retirement, he returned to Tennessee. John loved singing, often times leading the singing at church and the Senior Center. He had an uplifting personality and great sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family and friends at the McMinn County Senior Center and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by his daughter, Belinda Key; first wife, Wilma Fern Key; sisters, Helen Smith, Evelyn Morrow, Elizabeth Myers, Catherine Hacker;  brothers, Arlie Key, Clifton Key, and Donald Gene Key.

 He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Amanda Marie Porter-Key of Athens; sons, Johnny Key of Florida, David Key of Michigan, and Tom Key of Florida;  brothers, Billy Key and Charles Key, both of Athens. Four grandchildren and numerous special nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and close friends also survive.

A Celebration of Life and Home going for John “ J.R.” Key will be held at 8p.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Brother Keith Whiting officiating.

Family and friends will assemble at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Riceville Cemetery for the committal service.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the funeral hour.

Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Serenity Funeral Home Chapel

300 Tennessee Avenue, Etowah, TN 37331

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Riceville Cemetery

, Cleveland, TN 37323

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