Earl Leslie King, 84, formerly of Morningside of Greenwood Assisted Living, husband of Betty Powers King, went home to be with Jesus Monday, March 12, 2012.
Born in Durham, NC, he was the youngest of 11 of the late Arthur and Mammie Martin King. He graduated from Durham High School where he was a four sport letterman. A US Air Force Veteran of the Korean War and a 1959 graduate of Clemson, he retired from Giant Cement Company after 35 years as a technical engineer. He was a member of South Main Street Baptist Church.
Papa King was known by teachers and students at Oakland Elementary as the "Kit Kat King" because he rarely made a visit without giving candy to all who asked.
Surviving are son, John King (Kirby) of Greenwood; daughter, Susan Shepherd (Mike) of Atlanta and grandchildren Kelly, Tucker, Brady, Cooper, Scott, Beth, David and John.
A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Saturday at South Main Street Baptist Church with Rev. Tucker King officiating.
A private family burial will be in Oakbrook Memorial Park prior to the service.
The family is at the home of John and Kirby King at 110 Vista Drive and will receive friends at the church immediately following the memorial service.
Memorials may be sent to Burton Center, 2605 Hwy 72-221 E, Greenwood, SC 29649 to honor his "special buddy," Brady King.
In February of 2009 a new concept was introduced to Greenwood. Our addition of an "in house" Chapel Crematory became the first and only of its kind in the area. A member of the Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is always in the building and available to serve you 24 hours a day 365 days a year.