Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 5:54 pm
The Messenger, December 15, 2011
Completed arrangements are being announced for William H. “Bill” King, 67, of Troy, who died Dec. 13, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis after an extended battle with congestive heart disease.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Troy United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Judd Mowery officiating. Burial will follow at Elbridge Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at White & Mahon Funeral Home in Troy Friday from 5-6 p.m.
Pallbearers will be his sons, William H. King Jr. and Scott King, his son-in-law, Travis James; his brother-in-law, Stewart MacMillan; his father-in-law, Jack Hopper; and his brother-in-law, Jack James. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, William H. King III, Brady King and Brian James.
He was born Sept. 6, 1944, in Boca Raton, Fla., son of the late John Harold and Katherine Marie King. He married the former Mary Jo James May 10, 1963. She survives.
Growing up as the son of an Air Force officer, he was educated at many schools around the country but became a graduate of the Ft. Lauderdale College of Business and Finance in 1976 and proudly enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1962-1974. He completed two tours in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V for Heroism, the Purple Heart and several other awards. He was a combat infantry platoon sergeant.
He moved his family back to Troy in 1976, where he began working at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Union City, retiring in 1999. He coached baseball and girls softball in Troy for 18 years and served as president for both leagues for several years. He was one of the founding fathers of the Obion County Babe Ruth baseball league, where he coached and served as president.
He was an active member of Troy United Methodist Church and the Goodyear Retiree Club and was the former chairman of the Obion County GOP. He was also a lifetime member of Jones-Walker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4862 in Union City.
In addition to the love of his life, he is also survived by two sons and his daughter-in-law, William H. King Jr. and Mitzi King of Troy and Scott King of Washington, Ill.; his daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Travis James of the Cloverdale community; six grandchildren, William H. “Will” King III, Emily King, Rileigh Jo King, Brady King, Kaydee King and Brian James; and two step-grandchildren, Dalton Ruzicka and LeAmber Ruzicka, both of Washington, Ill.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Johnnie Ruth Andrews and Rose Marie “Chipper” MacMillan.
He was a dedicated, devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an inspiration, a patriot and an unsung hero to all who had the honor to know him.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.