Thomas L. King, 91, of Cleveland, TN, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012 at a health care facility in Rossville, GA.
He was born on December 1, 1920 in Dunlap, TN. He was a member of Big Spring Baptist Church and retired in 1988 from Bell South after 38 years of service. Mr. King was a veteran of the US Army where he served during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Cleveland. He was treasurer for the Cleveland Men’s Bowling Association for 36 years and inducted into their Hall of Fame during 2005/2006. He was also given the Walter Kile Memorial Award – Bowler of the Year 1991. His other hobbies included woodworking and piecing quilts.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Emma Lee Crisp King who passed away in 2007; parents, Lewis Clyde King and Manila Ruth Johnson King; and sister, Dortha Mae Jones.
Survivors include his daughters, Carrie Lee Kennedy and husband Larry of Bethlehem, GA and Julia Lynn Newton and husband Dr. Phil Newton of Lookout Mt, GA; three grandchildren, Stephanie Weeks of Loganville, GA, Joy Bates and husband Kevin of Cleveland and Grant Benton and wife Jamie of Redmond, OR; great-grandchildren, Trevor and Bodie Weeks of Loganville, GA, Ethan and Georgia Bates of Cleveland and Jasmine and Josh Papen of Oregon; sister, Juanita K. Johnson of Dunlap; brother, Luther B. King of Livonia, MI; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 18, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Reverend Marshall Roberson officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors. Grant Benton, Larry Kennedy, Kevin Bates, Dr. Phil Newton, Ed Thacker, and Jack Kennedy will serve as pallbearers. Bob Davis will serve as honorary pallbearer. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
His family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, August 17, and from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, August 18 at the Fike Funeral Home who has charge of the arrangements.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wellington Place, Heritage Healthcare, and Parkside Nursing Home. Please send donations to the charity of your choice.