Friday, January 26, 2007

Obituary of William Lewis King (1923-2007)

Obituary of William Lewis King (1923-2007)

William Lewis King
Jan 24, 2007 - 08:22:51 am CST

Burlington, NC - Mr. William Lewis King, 84, of The Village at Brookwood and formerly of Union Ridge Road, Caswell County, died at Alamance Regional Medical Center at 3:10 AM on Sunday, January 21, 2007 after several months of failing health. A lifetime resident of the Anderson Community in Caswell County until his move to The Village at Brookwood in 2003, he was the husband of Margaret Robertson King, who survives, and the son of the late Joseph Henry and Eva Walker King.

He was a retired tobacco farmer and beef cattle producer. In addition, he was a lifelong member of Bethel Christian Church and served with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He further served his community as a charter member of the Southern Caswell Ruritan Club and the Caswell County Cattlemen's Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Marie King Crissman and her husband, Dr. Mark Crissman of Burlington; 3 grandchildren, Margaret Wilkins Strader and her husband Challey, Anna Marie Wilkins, and Jefferson Davis Wilkins, III; 4 sisters, Mrs. Louise Matkins of Gibsonville, Mrs. Mamie Sue Simmons (W. R. Jr.) of Elon, Mrs. Mary Alice Madden of Burlington, and Mrs. Rachel Pope (Harry) of Cedar Grove; and a brother, Mr. J. Wayne King (Donna) of Asheboro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. W. Thomas King.

The funeral service will be held at Bethel Christian Church, 595 Baynes Road, Burlington, NC 27217 at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 23, 2007. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington on Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. At other times they will be at the residence of his daughter, Marie Crissman, 211 Shelburne Court, Burlington. Memorials may be made to Bethel Christian Church, c/o Elsie Fitch, Treasurer, 221 Shea Street, Graham, NC 27253. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Source: The Caswell Messenger, 24 January 2007.

World War II Service Record
Name: William L. King
Date of Entrance in Service: October 16, 1942
Branch of Service: 548th Air Service Squadron
Parents' Name: Joseph H. and Eva Walker King
Medals Earned: Victory, Good Conduct
Discharged: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, December 19, 1945
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Time Served: Three years, two months

Source: Service Record Book of Men and Women of Yanceyville, N.C., and Community, Sponsored by the V.F.W. Post No. 7316 (1948).

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