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Harold King

October 17, 1926 ~ June 13, 2022 (age 95)

Obituary

 

JACKSONVILLE  -  George Harold King, 95, of Jacksonville, NC, stepped into the arms of Jesus, Monday, June 13, 2022, at Onslow Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, June 20, 2022, at Covenant Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 106 Plantation Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28540 with Pastor Eric Tracy officiating.  Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park. 

Harold was the first-born child to the late George Herbert and Annie Veola Stone King, in Wake County NC. He was raised among a large extended family where many activities revolved around and memories were made at Ebenezer Church & school, donated and built by that same large family.  Fond times were also had outside of the homestead, when Harold would accompany his grandfather in a horse drawn wagon, pedaling goods from Raleigh to the South Carolina swamps. He learned the art of sales in this manner and put it to use in the selling of newspapers as his first job. Upon relocating to Jacksonville, NC, where his father found work post-depression building roads for Camp Lejeune, he engaged work aboard the future base, installing tongue and groove siding, at age 13, a team supervisor. Honing one skill, gave way to another: mechanic. Picking up a wrench to assist a friend, he found his calling. Sanders Ford, Marine Chevrolet and the Naval Hospital Ambulance Maintenance Garage benefitted from his talent.

As the US entered World War II, Harold enlisted into the United States Army. He served throughout the war, leaving in 1946, recruited for his expertise in aircraft mechanics into the newly established US Air Force, where he remained, between active and reserve duty thru 1965.

Harold married his wife Shirleen, in 1955. Their wedding day was “the absolute best day of his life,” as he became both husband and father on that day, assimilating/adopting his two sons as his own, and never looking back. Now a dad, Harold renewed his own interest in baseball, deciding to volunteer his time coaching the young boys of Jacksonville, an act still warmly remembered and appreciated by many in our community. Mike and Danny introduced Harold to many new activities, like Golf and Scuba diving. He was open to share in their interests, learning right alongside them.

Harold introduced his boys to a lifelong love:  FISHING. He retired young, due to pain from a polio disfigurement, and launched into a career in commercial fishing, eventually partnering with his youngest son, Danny, the best non-job he ever had. He did continue to fish for enjoyment, embarking upon fly-fishing in the mountains of Colorado with oldest son, Mike.  Once fishing was a job, building, outfitting, and maintaining boats, as a result, became a past time, long hours in the garage, shared with an adoring and enthusiastic young helper, daughter Susie.

Harold enjoyed many titles:  Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, Soldier, Coach, Captain, ROMEO (Retired Old Man Eating Out) and especially that of Grandpa/Great Grandpa. A giver of exceptional bear hugs, he absolutely loved children and had a special connection with them.  From the birth of his first grandchild, Kristen, his heart grew with each. This generous, loving, kind man functioned as both Grandpa and Dad to Jared and Elizabeth, making sure to effectively straddle the fine line of spoiling and shaping them at every opportunity. His love of family was immediately visible to any who knew him.

Harold was a “handy-husband” in later years to many of the family’s female friends who were widowed. He would good-naturedly show up, tools in hand, Shirleen, Susie or Jared as his helper, to fix plumbing, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, broken glass, cars, lawnmowers, to name but a few, often being “paid” in baked goods (he never accepted money.)

Harold King was known by family and friends alike to be a man of integrity, true to his word, always ready to lend a hand, generous of nature and love.  He fashioned his life from his early teachings in the Church and his elders. He was RESPECT - ABLE.

In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Shirleen King, brothers Russell and Eddie Sr., sister Mertie Mozelle, daughter-in-law Elizabeth Ladd Loy King, and granddaughter Caitlin King. He is survived by sons Michael King and wife Susan of Colorado Springs, CO, Danny King and wife Christy of Wilmington, NC, daughter Susan King Langham of Jacksonville, NC, as well as grandchildren/great grandchildren Kristen King White, husband John, children Matthew and Alaina; Ryan King, wife Beth, children Chase and Peyton; Lauren King Pitts, husband Jeff, children Caroline and Anderson; Jared King and Megan Wilhelm; Jeffrey King, daughter Olivia; Elizabeth Langham Rohl, husband Nathan, son Ian; and Grayson King Tinney, husband Scott, daughters Natalie and Brilyn. In addition, Harold had many who adopted him, and were loved like family:  Stephanie Ellen Romero, Gary Mitchell and family, Gennelle Haley-King, and Heidi Weatherington.

Our family would like to thank Dr. Robert Whitmore and Sara Kearns, RN, his longtime Home Health Nurse, for their inspired care of Dad.

We hope that when you think of Harold King, you will remember his unique charm, and that you will smile!

The family will receive friends Monday morning, prior to the service, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the church.

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Services

Visitation
Monday
June 20, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Covenant ARP Church
106 Plantation Boulevard
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Funeral Service
Monday
June 20, 2022

12:00 PM
Covenant ARP Church
106 Plantation Boulevard
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Interment
Monday
June 20, 2022

12:14 PM
Onslow Memoial Park

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