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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Michael W. and Thelma S. King, a unique and beautiful couple, died together in St. Maarten, Virgin Islands on Sept. 21, 2012.
Thelma was the daughter of Sarah Seymore Strickland of Columbia, and the late John Henry Strickland.
Michael was the son of Sarah L. "Sally" Gripkey of Irmo, and Jerry L. King and stepmother, Jane C. King of Kings Mountain, N.C.
Both Michael and Thelma were successful entrepreneurs who enjoyed life together to the fullest. They had a deep respect and love for each other, family and friends. Loved ones knew them to be kind, gracious, generous and fun-loving individuals. Their impact on so many will never be forgotten.
In addition to her mother, Thelma is survived by her sister, Lois S. and spouse, Mac R. Swain of Chapin; nephews and spouses, Justin P. and Aimee W. Swain of Charleston, and Michael R. and Christy H. Swain of Columbia; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kylie Swain, Jesse Swain and Greta Swain.
She was predeceased by her father and grandparents, James C., and Mollie B. Seymore, and J. D. and Daisy Josephine Strickland.
Michael is survived by his parents, sisters and brothers and their spouses, Karen K. and Jeffrey A. Moser of Cary, N.C., Todd and Paula A. King of Chapin, and Susan J. King of Irmo, and Finley and Eden Z. King of Mount Pleasant; nieces and nephews, L. Leigh Moser, W. Jacob "Jake" Moser, Sarah T. "Torre" Moser all of Cary, N.C., Colden T. King and Madison A. King both of Chapin, Sarah S. King and Gibson G. King, both of Mount Pleasant.
Michael was predeceased by grandparents, William E. and Sarah T. Leigh and Denver O. and Louise B. King.
Services for Michael and Thelma King will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Chapin United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jody Flowers and the Rev. Paul Allen.
Visitation also will be Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Chapin United Methodist Church, 415 Lexington Ave., Chapin, SC.
Memorials are suggested to the Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton (thornwellhome.org) and to Chapin United Methodist Church.
The family greatly appreciates the outpouring of love and support that has been shared with them during this tragedy.
They humbly request that you respect their privacy and allow them to be together as a family after the service and to resume your visits on the following day.
Mike and Thelma's wishes for all were to live life each and every day to the fullest.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitakerfuneralhome.com.
Whitaker Funeral Home of Chapin is assisting the family.
Published in Gaston Gazette from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2012