Roger King

VALE - Roger Dale King, 63, passed away on Dec. 10, 2012, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Nov. 12, 1949, in Lincoln County, son of Frank and Iola Smith King.

He attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a Sergeant in Vietnam, retired from the City of Newton and also was formerly employed by the Caldwell County Sheriffs Dept. A member of the Hickory American Legion Post 48, he was an avid outdoors-man; enjoyed working with his hands and had a love for the mountains. He was a generous, good hearted quick witted person, who never met a stranger and will be greatly missed by the family and friends he left behind. He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers' Eddie, Kenneth, Eugene and James.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Joy King; three children, Tracey Yarington and husband, Sherman of D'Iberville, MS, Joshua King and fiancée, Ariel Paredez of Vale and Jonathan King and fiancée, Lauren Goans of Hickory; three brothers, Bill King of Sherrills Ford, Larry King of Gastonia and Lonnie King of Gastonia; a sister, Dorothy Hudspeth of Lincolnton and seven grandchildren, Jada, Alyssa, Jonathan, Ian, Addison, Roxanne and Juniper.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Catawba Funerals and Cremations by the Rev. Sidney Goodson.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3925 Robinson Road, Newton, NC

Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Home

Catawba Funeral Home
3060 Highway 70 SE Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 322-1210

Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 13, 2012