Lester King

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lester King, 77, of Sikeston died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Nov. 30, 1924, at Oran, Mo., son of William Vester and Menta Ella Trenthaph King. He and Dorothy Mae Gilliland were married Aug. 14, 1948.

King worked at International Shoe Co. 29 years and was manager of Magic Car Wash before retiring.

He served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines.

Survivors include his wife; eight sons, David King of Springfield, Mo., Ronnie, Bill, Tom, Dean, Bob and Joe King, all of Sikeston, Donny King of Green Valley, Mo.; two daughters, Faye Emory of Sikeston, Jane Beardsley of Sturgis, Mich.; a sister, Norma Chism of Joplin, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and two grandsons.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Smith Avenue Church of God, with the Rev. Ira Sandifer officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Memories, with full military rites.

Ponder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.