Wilbur Branch 'Bill' King passed away on June 10, 2013, at Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, Fla. Bill was born on Aug. 9, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga.
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His late parents were Elizabeth Branch King and Wilbur B. King of Wilmington, N.C.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-two years, Mary Faye King.
Bill lived all around the states attending 13 different schools. In 1951 he graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., married Mary Faye and entered the U.S. Army for four years; including two years in the U.S. Infantry and one year in Korea as an observation pilot. After returning from Korea he earned his LLB from Emory University of Law, Atlanta, Ga. He joined the now Kilpatrick-Stockton Law Firm, where he was a partner. He served on the Board of Directors of Scientific Atlanta and Peoples Bank.
Bill retired in 1987, concluding thirty years of active legal practice. His love for water led him to make Destin, Fla. his primary residence. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and scuba diving. He served as President of the Dolphin Point Condo. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Waterfront Rescue Mission. In 1994 he built and moved to his "home on the bay" in Niceville, Fla.
Bill was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Niceville, where he served as a Deacon and later as an Elder. He was a regular member of the Thursday men's prayer breakfast, which he so enjoyed and made some loving friends. A true "southern gentleman," Bill was warm, thoughtful, kind and generous. He was a man of strong beliefs and convictions who put his complete trust and faith in our Lord Jesus.
There will be a graveside service held on Friday, June 21, 11 a.m., at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Niceville, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Niceville, 1800 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578; Waterfront Rescue Mission 110 SE Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, or the
You may go online to offer condolences and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from June 14 to June 20, 2013