SHREVEPORT, LA - Harold Raymond "Hal" King, Jr., 65, beloved son, brother and father, accomplished author and ferocious wit, died on October 15, 2010 in Shreveport after an extended illness.
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Born February 27, 1945, Hal served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam before revealing his considerable writing talent. In the 1970s, he became an award-winning investigative journalist for The Shreveport Times, and received his Masters Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. His masters thesis became his first published novel, Paradigm Red (1975), which was subsequently made into the 1977 television film "Red Alert". Hal produced several more novels, including Four Days, Taskmaster, and the best selling Closing Ceremonies, leading Publisher's Weekly to name him "the crown prince of suspense."
Hal is survived by his son Harold R. (Trey) King III and grandson Elijah, of Layfayette; his former spouse Elaine King, his mother Anne M. King and his brother Richard A. King, all of Shreveport; sisters Linda Conway and Nancy (Casey) Lanzillotti, both of Bossier City; brothers David M. King of Sarasota, Florida, and Mark S. King of Ft Lauderdale; plus a loving assortment of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, retired USAF Lt. Col. Harold R. King.
A memorial gathering will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 21st in Couch Parlor of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the
or Harmony Hospice of Shreveport.
Published in Shreveport Times from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2010