Christopher A. Chapman

Chris Chapman of Birmingham, AL

Thursday, July 27, 2006

A sad note: BCK (June 5, 1971 - July 17, 2006)
One of my best friends, Brian Key, passed away one week ago. I was one of several that was selected by the family to speak at his Memorial Service last Thursday in Jasper, AL. What a great service! Claibourne Stanford (my college roommate) and I represented the "college" portion of Brian's life. We were so honored to be part of the service. Brian's obituary from the Birmingham News is re-published below:

KEY, BRIAN C. On July 17, 2006, Brian C. Key, 35, of Jasper, went on to be with our Lord. Brian's compassionate spirit touched all that had the pleasure of making his acquaintance. He was a beloved son and brother, a faithful friend, and consummate professional. Brian's life, not only personal but professional, can be epitomized by one word: "servant". He will be missed more than words can ever describe. Brian C. Key was an Attorney at Law, in private practice in Jasper. He was a member of Alabama State Bar, American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, and Human Rights Campaign, as well as, other professional memberships. His credentials include Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University where he was a member of the Board of Trial Advocacy, Dean's List, Who's Who, and Merit Award Winner for Legal Research and Writing, and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. Brian's undergraduate degree in Political Science was attained on scholarship from Birmingham Southern College where he was awarded many honors and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Brian's giving spirit includes years of pro-bono service as Special Education Advocate/Legal Education Consultant in Las Vegas, Nevada where he advocated for children with Developmental Disabilities suffering discrimination by governmental municipalities, public schools and others in violation of the ADA. He also served as Professor of 'English as a Second Language' at Sze'kesfehe'rva'r Kodola'nyi Janos College in Hungary, to 125 first year college students at the first private college founded after the fall of Communism in Hungary. In the midst of these unbelievably outstanding achievements and honors, Brian maintained an incredible relationship with his family and friends. They were his first priority. He was also a member of the Covenant Community Church in Birmingham, where he worshipped the Lord faithfully. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Theodore Cagle and Lila Pearl Cagle. He is survived by his parents, Doug and JoAnn Key; sister, Melanie Crowell (Paul); grandparents, Victor and Ola Mae Key; uncles, Bill (Cynthia) and Nathan (Alanda) Key; cousins, Bill Jr., Brandy, Maggie and Ramses Key, as well as, many other devoted family and dear friends. The services will be held Thursday, July 20, 2006 at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. Fellowship begins at 6pm with a Memorial Service to follow at 7pm. J. R. Fenning will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Birmingham Southern College in memory of Brian. Collins-Burke Funeral Home directing.
Published in The Birmingham News on 7/19/2006.
posted by Chris, 6:26 AM | link

Hello everyone:

Lots of pictures are on their way. I've been very busy at work. A recent merger announcement has disturbed lots of things, including sleep patterns and normal work hours. So, with that excuse out of the way, please take a look at family photos from the last few months. Pictures from spring up to Mother's Day can be found in the family photos link.
posted by Chris, 6:23 AM | link