December 10, 1923 – May 1, 2014
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RALEIGH - Edwin M. King, 90, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2014, at Hospice Home of Wake County. He was a longtime resident at Abbotswood Senior Community in Raleigh. Eddie was born on December 10, 1923, in Kinston, N.C. to the late Martin N. and Ethel Coffey King. He is survived by his two daughters, Dorwin K. Lanham and Sonia L. Bradshaw and husband Lee, all of Raleigh; grandson Parke Strong and wife Kelly, and their children, Sawyer, Sullivan, and Schaffer; grandson Ryan Strong and his children, Marlee, Bentley, Turner, and Piper. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy H. King in 2007. Eddie had a military career that spanned three wars and 30 years, from 1943-1977. In 1975, he was appointed as the first Command Sergeant Major with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, two Purple Hearts, and the Army Commendation Medal. He served four overseas tours in the Pacific, Europe, and Vietnam. He is remembered by his family and friends as always loving, loyal, kind, generous, and humorous. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, 110 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Wake County/Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. Condolences may be sent through brownwynnecary.com. Arrangements are by Brown Wynne Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at kinston.com.
Published in Free Press on May 3, 2014