PUXICO -- W.W. "Bill" King, 79, died May 5, 2005, at the Puxico Nursing Center.
Born Dec. 15, 1925, in Clarkton, son of the late William G. and Hazel Leona Phelps, he had lived most of his life in Puxico where he was a member of the Brown General Baptist Church and the Puxico Masonic Lodge AF&AM. He was a retired truck operator for 30 years at the Valley Steel Co. in St. Louis, a welding instructor at the Poplar Bluff Public Schools for 10 years, and a substitute welding instructor at Mingo Job Corp. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
On Sept. 3, 1948, in Piggott, Ark., he married Juanita Cookson who survives of Puxico.
Other survivors include: three sons, Jim King of Poplar Bluff, Steve King of Clarksville, Ohio, and Randy King of Puxico; one daughter, Judy Corwin of Eldon; two brothers, Gail King Jr. of Jackson and Don King of Bellflour; two sisters, Bernice Allen of Rodgersville, Ark., and Midge Lafferty of Bloomfield; and 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. Sunday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico with Masonic rites at 7 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Johnny Buttry of Puxico officiating.
Burial with full military rites will follow in the Brown Cemetery near Puxico.