Thurman Howard King, Sr.

January 4, 1934 - April 28, 2010
Thurman Howard King, Sr.

Thurman Howard King Sr. (Sarge) died the morning of Wednesday April 28, 2010 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Thurman retired from the Army in 1971 after 21 years of service. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was awarded the Bronze Star. From there, he worked at General Electric and then Figure Eight Island until he retired completely in 1998. Thurman was an artist who excelled in several mediums including scrimshaw, pen and ink drawings, and rope knots and was recognized as a master wood carver. He was featured several times in the Star News to showcase his work.

Thurman is survived by his devoted wife Vadie Bordeaux King, four sons Thurman Howard King, Jr, and wife Karen, David Lee King and wife Mary, Gregory Vincent King and wife Rhonda, and Bradford Hillary King. Two daughters Sharon Reneé King and Valerie King Britt and husband Bobby. 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, a sister Erline Cheyne and a brother Herman David King.

He was preceded in death by his father David Howard King, his mother Dorothy Harts, a brother Warren Lee King and a son Daniel Lynn King.

Thurman will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father, and will be greatly missed by many.

A memorial service with Military Honors will be held 11:00 A.M Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at Wilmington National Cemetery.

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  • April 29, 2010
    KEVIN AND LINDA CHATFIELD says:
    I've know Mr. King for many years.i concider him a good friend.I would come around with Chuck,Gary,or Herman.play music in the house in the back.I was always amazed at his wood carvings they were awsome.I would see him at yard sales a lot.when I would pull up to one and see his car I would say there's goes all the guitar and drum stuff because he would pick it up for Chuck or Herman. we would always joke about it.He has a grate sence of humur and is just a good man.I will miss seeing him.he is with god now and I will see him again in heaven as we all will.I know when I see him he will say i already got all the good guitar stuff i'm saving it for chuck.

  • April 30, 2010
    David and Krystal Harris says:
    Our family wants to send condolences to the King family and all others what were part of Thurman's life. Even though David nor I meet Thurman, he was in our prayers and thoughts.

  • May 04, 2010
    Kindred Family says:
    Our hearts go out to you and your family at this time and in the days ahead as you try to cope with such a deep loss. We wish there was more we could do but there are only some things that Almighty God can do for us.-Rev.21:4. Gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

  • April 30, 2010
    Jennifer Lewis says:
    Pest in peace Mr. king, he was a great man, I knew him quite a few years and he always had some wonderful story to tell, his hobbies were always so interesting, he collected and restored carosel horses and they were so beautiful, always wanted one of those i used to tell him. Prayers and loved to the family, he will be missed, may his memory live on forever in our hearts!!!

  • April 30, 2010
    sherry johnson says:
    MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL MY COUSINS AND THERE KIDS AND ESPECIALLY MY AUNT VADIE MY FAVORITE MEMORY OF UNCLE THURMAN WAS WHEN I WAS A KID MY DAD WOULD BRING ME TO YOUR HOUSE EVERY SUMMER AND I REMEMBER UNCLE THURMAN GETTING OUT THERE AND DIGGING THAT MAN SIZE HOLE BESIDE THE FENCE TO CATCH THE GUY WHO WAS STALKING SHARON AND HE PUT US A TENT UP AND TOLD US TO SLEEP IN THERE HE WOULD PROTECT US WELL WHEN US KIDS GOT UP THE NEXT MORNING UNCLE THURMAN WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND HE SNUCK IN AND WENT TO BED I LOVE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR YOUR GOING TO BE SO MISSED I REMEMBER YOU SO MUCH DURING MY CHILDHOOD AND IM SO GLAD DAD TOOK ME TO VISIT YOU DURING THE SUMMER VACATIONS YOU WILL FOREVER BE IN MY HEART I LOVE YOU UNCLE THURMAN MAY YOU REST IN PEACE