Lewis Palmer King III
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Norfolk - Lewis Palmer King III, 77, departed this life on March 3, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. 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 Randolph (Key), and by his sons, Lewis Palmer King IV and Randolph King (Kim), and six grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Lee Morrison (Neil) of Duck, NC, and Sally Shelton (Elliott) of Richmond.
Mr. King, known as "L. P." by family and friends, graduated from Granby High School in 1954, and from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1958 where he received a B.S. in Business Administration and a commission in the U.S. Air Force achieving the rank of Captain.
His civilian career began in 1963 on Richmond's Main Street. In 1980, he joined the trust investment group at Central Fidelity Bank and later became president of CFB Advisory Corporation.
In 1988, he moved to Gwynn's Island, VA, where he became active in boating, fishing, and writing. 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 licensed captain; in flying, he held a private pilot's license. Above all, his family was dearest in his heart.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 31, 2013