Orvil R. King, the son of the late Frank and Alemeda Coffman King, was born in Jerusalem, Ark., on Dec. 6, 1916, and died at the Beverly Health and Rehab Center in Bloomfield on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at the age of 87.
Mr. King had lived in Circle City community and Essex all his life. He had been a sawmill operator with the Himmelburger-Harrison Co. in Morehouse. Mr. King served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II as a combat infantryman. He was a member of the 81st Mill. Crew of the 38th Division. He was a member of the Olive Branch General Baptist Church near Essex.
In July of 1955, he was married to Edith Byrd in St. Louis. She preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 1999.
Surviving are one daughter, Myrna Jones of Paragould, Ark.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and seven sisters.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Glenys Duckworth of the Circle City Church officiating.
Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery with full military honors by the Stoddard County Veterans Honor Team.
Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of arrangements.