John Thomas King Sr., 86, of Dunlap went to be with the Lord eternally with his family at his side on January 9, 2013 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan.
He was born September 1, 1926 in Dunlap to Jesse S. King and Icie M. (Cunningham) King and on March 23, 1945, he married the love of his life and best friend, who survives him after 67 years of marriage, Margaret Lucille Narramore King.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army from January 1946 to January 1947. Following his military service, they moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he worked as a police officer in the Detroit Police Department until he retired in 1980. They moved back to Dunlap and he worked with the City of Dunlap for 10 years and served the last five as a city investigator.
He was a wonderful dad to his children and a wonderful grandpa (Paw) to his grandchildren. He was a kind and generous person to his family and friends. He touched the lives of so many people and will be unbearably missed by those who loved him.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Viva Folsom of Garland, Texas; a host of brothers and sister-in-law; his children, Gail (Robert) Parks, Janet Colleen (Gian) Delpiano, Lisa (Mack) Harris and John Thomas (Lynne) King Jr.; his beloved grandchildren, Allan (Regina) Parks, Chrissie (Jeff) Coop, Kelly (Jerry) Burhams, Alisa (Kurt) Hahn, Kara (Kenneth) Cheatham, Jessica Delpiano (Bassel), Jason (Susie) Gonzalez, Lyndsay Gonzalez, Colt D. Harris, Clay (Jennifer) Harris and Casey Harris; great-grandchildren, Bobby, Nathan, Ryan, Desirae, Zachary, Trevor, Tyler, Bradley, Logan, Jared Gian Thomas, Colby Seth, Skylar, John Connor, Caitlin, Jayla, Jayden and Taylor.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 14 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Brian Kearns officiating. Burial was in Hixson Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard.
An online guestbook is at www.ewtonfuneralhome.com.
Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.