KING, Lewis Palmer III, 77, departed this life on March 3, 2013 in Richmond, Va. He was born in Portsmouth, Va. on June 12, 1935 to Alma Lee Sivils King and Lewis Palmer King Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Holly King Randolph and her husband, James Key Randolph; and grandchildren, Lawrence Rossiter Agnew Jr., Caroline Curran Agnew, Vernon Edwin Agnew and Anne Holly Agnew; and by his sons, Lewis Palmer King IV and Randolph Curran King and his wife, Kimberly Callazzo King; and grandchildren, Randolph Callazzo King and Elizabeth Anne King. Also surviving are sisters, Alma Lee King Morrison and her husband, Donald Cornelius Morrison, of Duck, N.C., and Sally King Shelton and her husband, Elliott Clyde Shelton Jr., of Richmond; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Patricia Curran Sedgely of Richmond is the mother of Mr. King's three children. Mr. King, known as "L. P." by family and friends, graduated from Granby High School in Norfolk, Va. in 1954, followed by four-year attendance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va., where in 1958, he received a B.S. in Business Administration and a commission in the U.S. Air Force. Following training, L.P. served with the 22nd Bomb Wing at March Air Force Base, California, including duty with the alert forces on Guam, Mariana Islands, flying as navigator-bombardier on B-47 aircraft. Upon completion of his active duty commitment in 1963, he served with a unit of the Air Force Reserve and achieved the rank of Captain. His civilian career began in 1963 on Richmond's Main Street. He was first employed by First and Merchants National Bank in credit administration. Mr. King later embarked on an investment research pathway with three old-line New York Stock Exchange member firms in Richmond, J. C. Wheat, Branch Cabell, and Anderson & Strudwick. Among his achievements, Mr. King served as president of the Richmond Society of Financial Analysts, (currently CFA Virginia). In 1980, he joined the trust investment group at Central Fidelity Bank and later became president of the bank's newly formed subsidiary, CFB Advisory Corporation. In 1988, drawn by his love for the waters of Virginia, he moved to Gwynn's Island, Va., where he became active in boating, fishing and writing. During this period, L.P. often said that his experiences while living at his Gwynn's Island home were "as good as it gets" and formed the basis of his autobiographical short story collection, Kelley's Cloudburst. Among Mr. King's other interests were tennis, boating and flying. In tennis, he was a certified teaching professional for 17 years and achieved frequent success at the senior level in local and state competition; in boating, he was a Coast Guard certified Master of Vessels; in flying, he held a private pilot's license. Above all, his family was dearest in his heart. The family will hold private services and a private inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.