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Billie G. Key, 74

May 07, 2009

APRIL 14, 1935-APRIL 29, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Billie Gene Key, 74, of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Charlotte (McGill) Key, formerly of Alexander City, Ala. Mr. Key was devoted to his wife, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage.

Born April 14, 1935, in Bankston, Ala., he was the son of the late W.D. Key and Willia Belle Key of New Site, Ala. Mr. Key was baptized at the Church of Christ in Alexander City, Ala.

After high school, Mr. Key honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1963. Upon discharge, he was employed by the Department of Defense until 1989, and then became a self-employed computer consultant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Mr. Key was also a flight instructor at Henson Aviation in Hagerstown, Md. A lifelong ham operator, he was known for his constant quest of knowledge, and was a maverick in the computer industry. He continued as a computer consultant until his death.

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Mr. and Mrs. Key made their home in Greencastle, Pa., from 1959 until 2001 when they permanently moved to their vacation home in Fort Myers, Fla.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Debra Key Newhouse of York, Pa., and her husband Anthony Newhouse; a son, Jeffrey Gene Key of Fort Myers, Fla., and his wife Wendy McKeever Key; a granddaughter, Charu Newhouse al-Sahli and her husband Abed of Miami, Fla.; two grandsons, Skylar and Logan Key of Fort Myers, Fla.; and two great-granddaughters, Leila and Yasmine al-Sahli of Miami, Fla. Two brothers, Bobby Key of Opelika, Ala., and David Wayne Key of Alexander City, Ala., and five nieces and six nephews also survive Mr. Key.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to AMVETS or the American Cancer Society.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 11, at the Brookshire Community Clubhouse in Fort Myers. An online memorial can be found at www.billie-key.net.

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