Rev. King had been a General Baptist minister for the past 47 years and had served as pastor for the Faith General Baptist Church in Morehouse for the past 20 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served in Okinawa during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He had previously worked as a farmer, business owner, and had been a member of the ASCS County Committee.
He was united in marriage to Norma Jean Cooper on March 6, 1947, at Bloomfield and to this union 11 children were born. Mrs. King survives of the home in Dexter.
Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, Dennis L. King of Fisk and Randy Lee King of Park Hills; nine daughters, Betty Jean Metcalf of Bloomfield, Bonnie Lockhart of Cape Girardeau, Cathy Jo O'Neal of Prairieville, La., Connie Hattaway of Alexandria, La., Rebecca Maddox of Clarkton, Rhonda Cooper of Springfield, Regina Mick, Robyn Berry, and Tanya King, all of Dexter; three brothers, Blanton King and Nerman King, both of Bloomfield, and Michael King of Poplar Bluff; three sisters, Oma Cagle of Advance, Wilda Mae Armes of Bloomfield, and Velma Reinisch of Dexter; 25 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Herbert King.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Cooper officiating.
Interment will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery near Bloomfield with full military honors.