V. Lionel King, 80, of Lecanto, FL, died on January 29, 2011, at Citrus Memorial hospital, surrounded by his family. Lionel was born on August 6, 1930, in Knoxville, TN, the son of Wiley and Mildred King. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Lionel received his Master's Degree in Music from the University of Tennessee. He received further education at Stetson University in Orlando, FL.
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He moved to Citrus County in 1969 from Knoxville, TN. Lionel taught music for the Citrus County School System for over forty years. He was still substituting until November 2010. Lionel was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hernando, FL, where he was also the Music Director. He was the former Music Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Inverness. Lionel was a Life Member of the F.T.P.N.E.A. and an active member of the Rotary Club of Inverness. He was a two-time recipient of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce Service Award, 1977 and 2009.
Lionel was preceded in death by his grandson, Jason Seijas.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn King of Lecanto, FL; two daughters, Joyce Seijas of Inverness, FL, and Mary Williams and her husband Michael of Inverness, FL; sister Carol Cavendar of Knoxville, TN; two grandchildren, Danielle Cambisi of Indianapolis, IN, and Zack L. Seijas of Lecanto, FL; two great-grandchildren, Adriana and Jayson Cambisi, both of Indianapolis, IN.
The King family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at the Heinz Funeral Home, 2507 Highway 44 West in Inverness, FL. A memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church in Inverness. Pastors Frederick Ohsiek and Kenneth Blyth will preside. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Rotary Club of Inverness Scholarship Fund.
Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness, FL.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2011