Harry L. Key was born September 5, 1935 in Claiborne Parish, the fourth of six children born to Harrison Key. Sr. and Bermie Autry Key. He grew up in Webster Parish, At an early age Harry L. was baptized by Rev. P. L. Harris at the Mt Calm Missionary Baptist Church
Harry L. was a 1955 graduate of Webster High School where has an outstanding athlete. He excelled in track and field, but he was the best running back to ever come through Webster High School Coach Lee Flentroy called Harry L. his greatest athlete of all time.