RAEFORD - Mrs. Charlotta Coward King, 80, of Raeford, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at St. Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines, surrounded by loving family members, following an extended illness. Charlotta was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Florence, S.C., to the late Barnwell Edwin and Pauline Stackley Coward. She graduated from McClenaghan High School in June 1951 and attended Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Charlotta felt fortunate to have lived and raised her children in the very special communities of Clarksville, Va., and Raeford. Charlotta was a homemaker and active in Raeford. As a member of Raeford United Methodist Church since 1972, she served as a Sunday school teacher in the Koinonia Women's class for many years as well as a circle leader through United Methodist Women. She also was a member of the Raeford Woman's Club and served on both Hoke County and Sandhill Regional Library boards. Charlotta waged a battle against breast cancer in 1971 and through God's grace won. Charlotta is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, George McCown King; their two daughters, Polly King Jordan and husband John of Raeford and Charlotta King Howell and husband David, a Raeford native, of Clarksville; their son, George McCown King Jr. and wife Roxanne of Spartanburg; and granddaughter, Elizabeth McCown King of Atlanta. She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Janet Crowe Coward of Concord; and niece, Catherine Coward Niebauer and husband Randy of High Point and their two children, Emma Carlisle and Ren. She was predeceased by her brother, Barnwell Edwin Coward Jr. of Concord. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Helen Thomas, whose enduring and compassionate care for Charlotta was such a blessing. Also, the family would like to thank all of the wonderful people at St. Joseph of the Pines and FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care for their care and attention. The funeral service will be officiated graveside at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, by Dr. Steve Castle and Dr. Homer C. Phifer, at Raeford Cemetery on E. Central Avenue. Visitation will be graveside following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Raeford United Methodist Church, 308 N. Main St., Raeford, NC 28376. Arrangements are in the care of Crumpler Funeral Home of Raeford. Online condolences may be made at crumplerfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Fayetteville Observer on Sept. 24, 2013