Jackson T. Key
Story furnished by Clarence
Jack and Marguerite Key
Jackson Theodore Key was
Chief Electrician at Glendale Mills from the late 1940s until it closed
in 1961. “Jack”, as he was known and called, was a native of
Spartanburg County, born in 1922, the son of Floyd Thomas and Sarah
Franklin Key of Arcadia, South Carolina. They were a wonderful family
which I had come to know back in the 1930s through their friendship
with my mother in their church affiliation.
Employed by J. Frank Blakely,
a Spartanburg electrical contractor, Jack and his father Floyd, came to
Glendale under contract for the purpose of rewiring the mill for the
modernization program which had begun under the new owner/management.
After the contract expired, both stayed on as an employee of Glendale
Mills and were responsible for the rewiring of all houses in the
village renovation program. Both bought their homes when the village
houses were sold. Floyd Key had retired and died in November of 1974 at
the age of 79. Sarah Franklin Key died in August, 1980 at the age of
Though others in the mill
machine shop work force did electrical work on a regular basis, Jack
was given chief responsibility for the electrical work. When this
writer took responsibility as Supervisor of the Engineering department
I was in daily contact with Jack. I found him to be a cooperative, hard
worker and a superb electrical technician. We had a great
Having helped organize the
Glendale Fire Department, Jack was our first Fire Chief, retiring after
18 years of service - (1958-1976) He was a member of the Glendale
Baptist Church, a Mason, past President of Spartanburg County Fire
Chief’s Association, a member of District Three School Board of
Trustees, a member of the Glendale Men’s Club and a Navy veteran of
WWII. After the mill closed, Clarkson Bros. leased the mill building
for a warehouse which Jack managed for a number of years.
Jack had married Marguerite
Prince, a wonderful lady of a prominent Spartanburg family. They became
the parents of three fine boys; Jackson T. Jr., Bobby and Richard Key.
They lived on Jackson Street in Glendale.
Jack died Friday, October 27,
2000 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center following a long
illness. His obituary published in the Spartanburg Herald and Journal
on October 29, stated that he was survived by his wife; two sons, Bobby
and Richard Key; three grandsons, two granddaughters and one great
He was also survived by four sisters; Betty Sue Bradley of Las Vegas,
NV, Gloria Littlejohn of Greenville, S. C., Margaret Spillers of
Spartanburg and Lib Wilson of Chester, S. C. He was predeceased by one
son, Jackson T. Key Jr. and two brothers;
T. F. Key of Charleston, S. C. and Ryan Key of Spartanburg. Graveside
services were held in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens on Sunday October
29, with interment following. This writer was honored in having a part
in the services.
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