CIRCLE CITY -- Orvil R. King, 87, died Nov. 25, 2004, at Beverly Health and Rehab Center in Bloomfield.
Born Dec. 6, 1916, in Jerusalem, Ark., son of the late Frank and Alemeda Coffman King, he had lived in the Circle City community and Essex all his life. He had been a saw mill operator with Himmelburger-Harrison Co. in Morehouse. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served for three years during World War II as a combat infantryman and was a member of the 81st Mill and 38th Division Crew. He was also a member of the Olive Branch General Baptist Church near Essex.
In July 1955, at St. Louis, he married Edith Byrd who preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 1999.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers and seven sisters.
Survivors include: one daughter, Myrna Jones of Paragould, Ark., and seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter where services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Glenys Duckworth of the Circle City Church will officiate.
Burial with full military honors by the Stoddard County Veterans Team will follow in the Essex Cemetery.