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William Earl King

June 11, 1949 — September 22, 2017

William Earl King was born into this life on June 11, 1949 in Manning, Arkansas to the union of John, Jr. and Earlene Burch King. He attended school in Hope and was a 1967 graduate of Yerger High School. He later moved to Kansas City where he attended construction school. Well equipped and prepared he made his way back to Arkansas and worked as a self-employed carpenter.By all accounts he was a “jack of all trades”. He used his skilled hands to construct, repair, fix and replace. William was the “go-to” man for even minor repairs, fixes and he specialized in masonry. His reputation for professional and masterful work made him sought after by many across the state.William would attend church with his sister, Rev. Linda Butler from time to time and enjoyed his opportunity to attend. He was a person who didn’t mind helping anybody. He enjoyed listening to the music, playing dominoes and just having a good time. He loved being in the company of his family. William loved music; particularly the blues and at the sound of his favorite tune he was known to cut a step. He greeted everyone as friend and made many throughout his life. Family, as well as friends, will miss his strength, smile and love, but will never forget his sense of humor. He passed into the Lord’s embrace Friday, September 22, 2017 Courtyard Gardens. He was preceded in death by his father, John King, Jr., who made his transition on January 18, 2002 and his brother, John W. King (August 26, 1978). He leaves to cherish his memory: his mother, Earlene King of Sparkman; six children, Karla M. King of Kansas City, MO, Lisa Smallwood of Kansas City, MO, Eric Roby, Sr., of Adelanto, CA, Christopher W. Roby of Adelanto, CA, Tiffany E. (Damean) Anderson of Adelanto, CA and Michael Golden of Arkadelphia, AR; thirteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; six sisters, Beatrice (Marvin) Evans of Kansas City, MO, Verdia Marie Kirkwood of Buffalo, NY, Gloria (Gayle, Jr.) Jones of Arkadelphia, AR, Linda (Sherman) Butler of Sparkman, AR, Cynthia Harris of Kansas City, MO, and Lahomia King of Arkadelphia, AR; three brothers, Bobby King of Kansas City, MO, James King of Sparkman, AR and Christopher King of Sparkman, AR. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends. Public viewing will be held on Friday from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Sparkman, Arkansas where Rev. Harvey Goodwin is the pastor and Rev. Linda Butler, eulogist. Interment will be at Harmony Community Cemetery.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

12:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Harmony Missionary Baptist Church

949 Dallas 205, Sparkman, AR 71763

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