He was preceded in death by his wife, Becki Jo Key; and parents, James Edward Key and Marion Smith Key.
He is survived by his sister, DeAnna Caraway (William); nephews, Brandon Chappell and Joshua Chappell; and great-nieces, Allison and Aizlyn.
Gary graduated from Marion Military Institute and received his BS from Auburn University in aviation management. After earning his private pilots license he went on to complete commercial flight school in Tampa Fla. He also gave aviation lessons while in Jasper. He moved to Southern California where he lived many years until moving back to Goodsprings.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Hatt Hill Church of Christ. Levi Sides will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to NAMI or to your favorite charity.
Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home,
Nashville, Tenn.; 615-327-1111