LAWNDALE- Grace Helena Elmore King, 94, formerly of 118 Henry Street in Lawndale, was born on Feb. 1, 1919, in Cleveland County. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Stroud and Mary Byrd. She departed this life on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at White Oak Manor Nursing Home in Kings Mountain.
Grace graduated from Douglas High School in Lawndale, and was the valedictorian for her class. After graduation, she attended and graduated from Deshazer Beauty College in Durham, with a degree in Cosmetology. She worked hard for several years as a hair stylist and later opened her own business where she continued to work until her retirement, returning home to take care of her family.
Grace was a lifelong member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir, a member of the United Methodist Women and participated in other services for the church.
Grace received a distinguished and meritorious award from the Lawndale Democratic Precinct for outstanding performance on April 17, 2013. She was a charter member of the Douglas High School reunion committee and was a volunteer for the Upper Cleveland County Girl Scouts. In addition she was a former member of the Elks Club
of Shelby, and served as a substitute teacher for many years at Douglas High School.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tomie Lee King; a sister, Pauline Randolph (Frederick); and four brothers, Theodore Randolph, T.S. Elmore, James Byrd and Jerry Byrd.
She is survived by a son, James L. King, Sr. (Bronda) of Shelby; a sister, Willie Lee Kee (Charles) of Lawndale; four grandsons, Gerod W. King (Kathy) of Weddington; Perry L. King (Fredia) of Kings Mountain, James L. King, Jr. (Laurie) of Lawndale, and Julius L. King of Charlotte; six great-grandchildren; a special niece whom she helped rear, Monica Hector (Alvis) of Lawndale; and a host of other nieces nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. at the church and at other times at the home of her son, James King, 1311 Moonshadow Lane, Shelby.
Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Philadelphia United Methodist Church
Officiating: Pastor Aldana Allen
Burial: Church cemetery
Funeral Home: Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Online Condolences: www.enloes.net.