W.W. "Bill" King, the son of the late William G. and Hazel Leona Phelps, was born in Clarkton on Dec. 15, 1925, and died at the Puxico Nursing Center on Thursday, May 5, 2005, at the age of 79.
Mr. King had lived most of his life in Puxico. He was a member of the Brown General Baptist Church near Puxico and the Puxico Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. He was a retired truck operator for 30 years at the Valley Steel Company in St. Louis; he was also a welding instructor at the Poplar Bluff Public Schools for 10 years and a substitute welding instructor at the Mingo Job Corp. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II, and he enjoyed doing mechanical work and traveling.
On Sept. 3, 1948, he was married to Juanita Cookson in Piggott, Ark.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita King of Puxico; three sons, Jim King of Poplar Bluff, Steve King of Clarksville, Ohio, Randy King of Puxico; one daughter, Judy Corwin of Eldon; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gail King, Jr. of Jackson and Don King of Bellflour; two sisters, Bernice Allen of Rodgersville, Ark., and Midge Lafferty of Bloomfield.
Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2005, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral chapel.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2005, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Puxico with the Rev. Johnny Buttry of Puxico officiating.
Interment will follow in the Brown Cemetery near Puxico with full military honors conducted. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico is in charge of arrangements.