Ernest King

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MSG (Ret), Ernest Victor King was born December 19, 1930 in Ridgeville, South Carolina, to Henry and Lou Elleen King. He was one of 13 children. He attended New Hope Elementary and Alston High School. In 1947, he entered the United States Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Originally trained as a surgeon's assistant and member of the Open-Heart Surgical Team, he also worked as a clinical specialist in Recovery and Surgical Intensive Care. He found his most challenging and rewarding work was in field surgical hospitals. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston, TX, he married Minnie Mae Lamb; their 59 year marriage was blessed with three children. Achieving the rank of Master Sergeant, his assignments included tours in Germany and most of Europe, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, and Hawaii, among others. Having served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, among his many other awards and commendations, MSG King was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his exemplary service to our nation and troops. Known as "King" by family and friends, he attended San Antonio College and earned his BS of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Retiring from the US Army after 27 years, King worked as a registered nurse at San Antonio hospitals, community centers and as an elementary school nurse for the SAISD. He completed his nursing career as an in-home health-care provider. In his leisure, King loved gardening, deep-sea fishing and America's team, the Dallas Cowboys. King died February 18, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Ernest Victor King, Jr.; and his wife, Minnie Lamb King. As husband, father, and friend, King leaves many to mourn: his daughters, Blythe King and Sharalyn King Johnson (Durkee); two grandchildren, Blythe Ann Johnson and Brian Tyler King; sisters, Edna Mae Graham of Charleston, SC; Gwendolyn Armour (Jeremiah) and Zell Boyd of NY, NY; brothers, Morris King (Josephine), Barnwell, SC; and Matthew (Sudie) of Charleston, SC; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

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Chaplain (LTC) Otis Mitchell U.S. Army Retired will officiate.
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Published in Express-News on Feb. 24, 2013
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