Obituary – Key, William H., 1970

Obituary of William H. Key, 1970:

Retired school bus driver’s rites are held.  An Anderson County bus driver for 38 years, William H. (Bill) Key, died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at Oak Ridge Hospital after becoming ill that morning.

Key, who was 81, lived on the U. S. 61 By-pass at Oliver Springs Rt. 3.  He was born at Key Springs Park in the Batley community, where his father, John W. Key, owned extensive farm land.

He began working for the county driving a horse-drawn school wagon to carry children to the Robertsville School.  Later he built the body for his first school bus and drove buses until about 1963 when he retired.  The Anderson County School Board then employed him as a custodian at the Norwood School and he worked there until 1965.

He was a longtime member of the Batley Baptist Church.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Batley Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Allen and the Rev. O. S. Dugger officiating.  Burial was in Key Cemetery.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lassie Patterson Key; a son, Billy J. Key of Escondido, Calif.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Bertie Ree of Marlow.

Clinton Courier-News, March 26, 1970, Sec. 1, page 6.

[Transcribed by Stephanie A. Hill from a photocopy of the microfilm in the genealogy vertical files at the Lake City Library.]

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