Franklin Delano King, 76, of Winifrede, entered into eternal rest on February 4, 2013, at his home, after a year-long battle with cancer.
He retired as plant superintendent from Carbon Fuel/ITT Corporation in 1986 after 30 years of service. He was a 50-year member of Chelyan Lodge No. 158, Scottish Rite Masons and the Beni Kedem Temple, Charleston. He was past patron of Chelyan Chapter 101, Order of the Eastern Star. He was a 1956 graduate of East Bank High School and was an active member of EBHS Alumni Association. He was an avid WVU fan, but also rooted for Marshall. In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. His ideal vacation was a month stay at Myrtle Beach, S.C., campground in the fall.
Frank was beloved by many, a true friend’s friend. He touched the hearts, minds and emotions of all who crossed his path or rubbed shoulders with him in his life. His humor, compassion and “wanting things done right” were hallmarks of Frank’s full and rich life. He always gave more than was given. He was a legendary “teller of tales,” all true stories and they will live through generations to come as told and shared among friends and family. Mostly he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Letha Mae Cooper King; father, George Edward King; and brother, Robert George King Sr.
Surviving are his loving wife of 56-and-a-half years, Rosalie King of Winifrede; sons, Franklin D. (Beth) King Jr. of Charleston and Harold “Eddie” (Leigh Ann) King of Winifrede; daughter, Sherri King (Brad) Ullum of Winifrede; grandchildren, Justin (Katie) Ullum of Cross Lanes, Kara Beth (Chris) Ullum Kirtley of Winifrede, Lydia M. King of Surfside Beach, S.C., and Kalah A. King of Winifrede; great-grandchildren, Brynlee J. Ullum and Zayden Kirtley; sister, Estavon Bowles of Winifrede; and several nieces and nephews and a host of many special friends.
The family wishes to thank Dr. James Frame and the staff of David Lee Cancer Center, as well as Dr. T.V. Jaggannath, for all of their care and support.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday, February 7, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with the Rev. Tim Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where an Eastern Star memorial service will begin at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scottish Rite Language Center or the Beni Kedem Shrine Transportation Fund.
Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.