Erby King Jr., 93, served as a minister for 55 years

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Erby King Jr., 93, of Leland, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 18, 2016. He was born April 2, 1923, in Wilmington, the son of the late Erby King Sr. and Minnie B. King.

Erby was a minister for 55 years, serving several churches. The last was Sylvester Baptist Church in Sylvester, W.Va., before Erby moved back to North Carolina and served as interim pastor for several churches, with Elah Baptist Church being the last interim, and the church where he was a member.

Erby served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and ate Christmas dinner in Tokyo Bay, Japan, in 1945. He was discharged in 1946. He was an avid golfer and played golf up until his death.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Lillie W. King.

Surviving are his three daughters, Constance Dillon, Mary Ann Goodale and Debra Bossman; two grandchildren, Jackie and Phillip Bossman; sister, Margaret Vinson; niece, Louise McColl; nephew, Bernard King Flynn; three sisters-in-law, Betty Smith, Yvonne Hamilton and Carolyn Johnson; and very special extended family members, John, Rose and Marc Cook.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in Greenlawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Kenneth W. Long Sr. officiating. Pallbearers will be Bill Brew, John Cook, Houston Williams, Donald Shaw, Billy McPherson and David Parks.

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