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Jerry N. King

February 2, 1936 ~ November 15, 2021 (age 85)


Jerry Neil King passed away on November 15th, 2021.   Jerry was the only child of Rondal and Athelene Hedrick King.   The Hedrick family were early settlers of the Mabscott community where Jerry has made his home.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Tammy Lynn Bell King and his children, daughter, Karen McKinney and her son, John Robert; son, Craig S. King and his children, Chris, Jeremy, and Aaron.

In her reflections of Jerry, Tammy wrote these words…..   

“Jerry was my best friend and my rock over the past 40 years. I am who I am today because of his love and guidance. People would sometimes comment on our age difference over the years. That never bothered us because we knew we would make it. After my mothers tragic automobile accident in 1988, Jerry was the one who encouraged me to go to college. He would say “After all I’m not going to be around forever and you will need to be able to take care of yourself.” He never let me quit. Because of this encouragement I became a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and believe me he took advantage of that career move over the years. I learned as much from Jerry as I did in my medical studies. He loved reading and was a sponge for alternative medicine. He was always looking for that “fountain of youth.” He helped me to think outside the box and I have been able to take that knowledge into my practice over the years and care for my patients. In his younger days he loved riding motorcycles and music. For many years he played in a band that he formed in the 1980’s called the DeVille’s. Of course Jerry was the drummer in the band. He and his group were the house band at Pipestem Resort for several years. He and the band would also be booked at Glade Springs Resort on many occasions as well. He was a man of many talents and I loved him dearly. He was my world and I will miss him every day.”

Jerry was laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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