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Ralph Alexander King Jr

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HENDERSONVILLE-Ralph Alexander King Jr., 85, went to be with his Heavenly Father Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation center following a brief battle with cancer.
Ralph was born to the late Ralph Alexander King and Willie Vie Justice King on March 18, 1929, Ralph 'Alex' King spent most of his life in Hendersonville, NC, where he served his community and, ultimately, his country.
Alex was stationed at Norfolk, VA, from 1946 to 1948 as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy. After returning home, he was an original and the last living charter member of the Valley Hill Fire Department, actively serving for more than fifty years.
In addition to his service as a firefighter and a Seaman, Alex also held a commercial pilot license for several years. He worked as a crop duster in the surrounding area and also flew commercial flights for Denton Arial Dusting Company. Alex spent the rest of his working life as a commercial driver for Select Foods, where he worked for 23 years, and ABF, where he worked for 14 years before retiring.
Alex was a man who loved nature. He spent much of his free time hunting, camping, hiking, fishing, and otherwise outdoors. It is with deep sadness and yet great pride that his family remembers the wonderful life Alex lived.
Alex is survived by his daughter Merle and son-in-law Tony; his son Richard and daughter-in-law Sandra; four grandchildren Anthony, Alexis, Allison, and Austin; three great-grandchildren Zayden, Emma, and Nathan all of Hendersonville. He is also survived by numerous friends.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on September 21, 2014 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Reverend Tony Reese officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Valley Hill Fire and Rescue: P.O. Box 726 Hendersonville, NC 28793.
An online register is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Sept. 20, 2014
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