Portal, Ga. — Mr. John Wesley Key Sr., (J.W.) age 68, died Thursday evening at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro. The Portal, Georgia native was a 1968 graduate of Portal High School. J.W. joined the U.S. Army in 1970 serving during the Vietnam War. He served until 1973 and then remained in the Army Reserves until 1976. J.W. married Jean Lannigan in 1970. In 1978, he married Faye Zeigler of Sylvania and the two were married for 27 years until her death. His career was a plumber and pipe fitter, in which he retired in 2015 from Mock Plumbing and Mechanical. J.W. married Shelia Woodcock Gunter of Portal in 2008.
J.W. was a member of the family church, Paynes Chapel United Methodist Church but he had attended Grace Community Church and Aaron Worship Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Perry Key and Rosa Lee Saunders Key; his wife of 27 years, Faye Zeigler and a brother, James Key.
Surviving are his wife, Shelia Woodcock Gunter Key of Portal; two sons and daughters-in-law, John Wesley Key, Jr. and Joy of Marietta and Jason Jeremy and Dana Key of Cooperville; two step children, David Ranew and wife Carol of Statesboro and Dean Gunter of Portal; his grandchildren, Ryley, John David, Rebekah, Talyn, Elizabeth, Joseph, Angelina, Jonathan, Austin, Deana (Lander) and Darleigh (Levi); three great grandchildren, Jasper, Riley and Joselyn and a sister, Linda Sue Turner of Metter. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family will receive visitors on Saturday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Karen Zeigler officiating.
Interment will be in Screven Memorial Park in Sylvania.
Pallbearers will be Gary Smith, Stanley Smith, Jason Key, John Key, Richard Lastinger and Zack Taylor.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, June 2, 2018
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