Posted: Sat 5:06 PM, Mar 08, 2014
SSG William John King, Sr., U.S. Army, retired, of Ozark, passed away Thursday evening, March 6, 2014 at Dale Medical Center. He was 68 years of age.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Ozark with Father Fred Boni and Deacon John Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens with full military honors and Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 11 at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, www.gideons.org.
Mr. King was born February 19, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.. He attended Wilkinsburgh High School before joining the United States Army where he worked as an aviation mechanic. During his time in the Army he served two tours in Vietnam where he earned an Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device. He also served throughout the world to including places like Germany and Korea. He retired from the Army in February 1987 after 22 years of Honorable Service. After the Army he worked as a DOD Police officer and Game Warden on Ft. Rucker. After 12 years of Civil Service, he continued serving the people of Alabama as a police officer until he retired in 2007. After his retirement, he joined the local branch of the Masonic Temple where he became a 32nd Degree Mason.
Mr. King was a reserved and respected gentleman who spent his life trying to help others. He was a caring father and a loyal friend. He spent his entire life helping others. He was a man with strong opinions and an endearing sense of humor. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents James Paul and Irene Cutts King, brother, James King, and wife Bernice C. King.
Survivors of Mr. King include his ex-wife Diane Baxter of Pennsylvania; son, daughter-in-law, and grandson William John King, Jr., Larraine, and Eric of Pennsylvania; daughter, granddaughters, and grandson Lynne Elayne Bajkowski, Ashley, Toni, and Chester of Pennsylvania; son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters James Christopher King, Sarah C., River, Hannah, and Allison of Ozark; and daughter Sarah Nicole King of Dothan.
Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark (334) 774-4551 is in charge of the arrangements. Members of the Dignity Memorial network. Condolences may be offered at www.fuquabankston.com