BLAKELY -- Mr. Oswald Harris King, Jr. (Mr. O. H.) 91, died peacefully in his sleep at home in Blakely, Ga. June 21, 2013. His funeral service will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Blakely, Ga. Rev. Paul Chandler, brother in law, officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Serving as pallbearers will be his Grandchildren: Thomas Nesbitt, IV, Phil H. Lashley, Hamilton Evins King. Grandson in Law: Joe Helenihi and friends Steve Mills and J/Dan Judd. Honorary pallbearers will be the Eastern Star Members and Mason.
Mr. O. H. grew up on a farm and was a farmer for most of his life. He always enjoyed watching plants grow. In his later years, he was the parts manager for Thompson Motor Company. In addition, he was a substitute teacher at Early County High School. He recalled those days with students with humor, joy, and great stories to share.
Mr. O.H. attended Blakely and Union Schools, Lee High School, Jacksonville, Fl and the University of Georgia. He was the last surviving member of the Blakely High School class of 1938. He as served as Director of the Lion's Club, Secretary of the Early County Farm Bureau; and served on the Board of Trustees for the Blakely Schools. He was a Mason having belonged to Magnolia Lodge # 86 in Blakely since 1944, 69 years. He received the E.A. degree, Master's degree, Council degrees, Commandery Orders in Trinity Commandery, and the Order of the Eastern Star Degrees in Blakely Chapter No 282. He has served as the presiding officer of each of the Masonic bodies and Worthy Patron (11 times) of Blakely Chapter No.282, O.E.S. having been an Eastern Star member for over 60 years. He has been a member of the Priory No. 39, K.Y.C.H; and has served as District Grand Deputy of the Grand Chapter R.A.M.; District Grand Deputy Grand Master in the Lodge; High Priest of the Second District R.A. Convention; member of Hasan Temple in Albany; Grand Representative to Illinois Grand Council, Grand Representative to California Grand Chapter and Most Illustrious Grand Master of the State of Georgia.
Mr. O. H. began attending First Baptist Church of Blakely when he was eight years old and was a member for seventy-two years. He has served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher (approximately sixty years). Brotherhood President and Training Union Director. He was known for and wide for his King's Krunch peanut brittle which he and his wife made and shared with family and friends for more than fifty years. He also enjoyed family, helping others, reading, and aggravating grandchildren. He was a man of his word and could be counted on in all things.e State of Georgia.
Mr. O.H. is survived by his wife of seventy-two years, Sara Pipkin King; three children: Dr. Gail King Nesbitt of Cordele, Ga. , Joan King Lashley and husband Chuck of Cuthbert, Ga. and Dr. O.H. King, III and wife Mallie of Spartanburg, SC; and nine grandchildren: Phil Lashley and wife Cindy of Hudson, OH., Dee Nesbitt Williams and husband Richard of Rainsville, Al., Tom Nesbitt and wife Jennifer of York PA., Kelly King Helenihi and husband Joe of Palm Harbor, Fl., Harris King of Columbia S.C., Elizabeth King of Spartanburg, SC. Hamilton King of Spartanburg, SC; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition, Mr. O.H. is survived by one sister: Betty King Chandler and husband Paul of Hendersonville, NC., one brother: Hardy Jim King of Blakely and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents: O.H. King Sr. and Nina Brown King; one brother: Bobby King, 3 sisters: Odelia Bowman, Eleanor Joyce Baskin and La'Nez Mock and by 2 grandsons: Charles D. Lashley Jr. and Greg Nesbitt.
The family of Mr. O.H. wishes to express a great deal of gratitude to Gentiva Hospice and Teresa Brown for the loving care and support given to him during his illness.
Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home