SCOTTS HILL — Preston Cummings King Jr., 87, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington. Born May 27, 1931, in Wilmington, he was a son of the late Preston Cummings King Sr. and Annie Lou Moore King.
Preston was a stevedore foreman in Morehead City for many years. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard as a petty officer second class. He loved to plug for trout and enjoyed net fishing for spots. Anyone who knew him, knew he loved to eat and enjoyed cookouts and family gatherings. He never met a stranger and was a warm and loving man. He was a God-fearing man and loved his family with all of his heart. The love of his life was his wife, Jean. We all were truly blessed to have had him in our lives. Our memories of him will be with us always.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Priscilla Bergamini.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Laurice Jean Sidbury King; four children, Teresa Key (Jeff) of Atkinson, Sharon Lea (Wayne) of Hampstead, Preston Cummings King III (Renee) of Rose Hill and Mark Dean King Sr. (Christa) of Hampstead; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Randall, Jeffery Lea, Jeremy Batts, Jason Batts, Mark Dean King Jr., Preston King IV, Colby King and Cameron King; four great-grandchildren, Jason Rouleau Jr., Gabriel Lea, Colston Batts and Cutler Batts; and brother, Charles Morris King.
“I am at peace, my soul’s at rest there is no need for tears, for with your love I was so blessed for all those many years.” – Author unknown.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at Andrews Market Street Chapel with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. until the service hour.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 are appreciated.
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