July 23, 1938 - April 8, 2021
Merle Robert King, 82, of Salisbury, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021 at his residence following a brief illness. Born July 23, 1938 in Crawford County, PA, he was the son of the late Robert Lorenzo King and Evelyn May St. John King. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in animal science from West Virginia University in 1962 and attended N.C. State University. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1956-64. Mr. King was a herdsman at Hart’s Guernsey Farm in Bridgeport, WV , 1961-62, a field representative with the Ayrshire Breeders Association in Brandon, VT, 1962-66 and a dairy supervisor with NC State University, 1966-67 before joining the NC Department of Agriculture in 1967. Mr. King was Dairy Supervisor for Piedmont Research Station before retiring in 1997. He received the Superior Service Award by then NC Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham on March 30, 1992. He was a member of the Wilkins Methodist Church, Union City, PA, and was a former member of the Piedmont-Virginia Milk Producers Association Board of Directors In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Henry Allen King. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Rosa Ellis King; sons; Kenneth Wayne King (Tammy) of Denver, Stephen Merle King of Raleigh, Darryl Robert King of Salisbury; daughter, Crystal King Loman (Mark) of Salisbury; brother, Dale Robert King; sisters, Mildred Lindsley, Yetivemarie McComas all of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Gregory Hughes, Joshua King, Shannon King, Hope Loman, Kaitlyn King, Carrie Loman, Kayla King, Austin King, Brennan King; and great-grandchildren, Charlie Hughes and Sylvie Hughes. A Private Graveside Service will be held at City Memorial Park with his son-in-law, Rev. Mark Loman, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Parkinson’s Disease Association, PO Box 61420, Staton Island, NY 10306.
Merle Robert King, 82, of Salisbury, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021 at his residence following a brief illness. Born July 23, 1938 in Crawford County, PA, he was the son of the late Robert Lorenzo King and Evelyn May St. John King. He... View Obituary & Service Information
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