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by Dalton Key
for the week of September 2, 2018 

These past several days have brought with them a wonderful mixture of sadness, joy and thanksgiving for the Key family.  My father, Bobby Key, who due to failing health had been living in our home from October of last year, took a turn toward life’s end some weeks ago, culminating in his death during the early morning hours of August 28th.  His three children, along with others of the family, were by his side as he breathed his final breath.  He was 89 years of age.
My adult life has been lived in the shadow of this good and godly man, and for that, and for him, I will be forever grateful.  His preaching spanned nearly 70 years and took him to most of the fifty states in Gospel Meetings – sermon series which often resulted in scores of conversions.  I remember one such meeting, sometime in the 1960’s, for a congregation just south of Fort Worth, Texas, during which 69 souls were baptized into Christ.
He worked with the church in Miami, Oklahoma as their local preacher for over thirty years, setting an example of perseverance, wisdom and stability worth of respect and emulation.  His voluminous writings – for the church bulletin, for the local newspaper, and for the Four-State Gospel News which he edited for many years – were well-received and often reprinted in various brotherhood publications.
His meek and humble spirit, his quick wit and even quicker smile, his encouraging words and loving heart will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved him especially his middle child who will forever be in his debt.
Like David of old, he “served his own generation,” and did so with a winsome charm and an outsized measure of endearing grace.