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Memorial services for Holton Smith King, 78, of Clarkesville, are scheduled for 11 a.m. today, Feb. 29, at Hills Crossing Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Singletary officiating. Honors will be provided by Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, and military honors by the Georgia National Guard.

Mr. King died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center due to complications from Myelofibrosis.

Born Nov. 2, 1933, in Shellmound, Miss., he was the son of Lamar Ryan and Edna Smith King. He was preceded in death by his wife, whom he was married to for 16 years but faithful to for life, Sadie Vest King; parents, Lamar Ryan and Edna Smith King; and mother-in-law, Lillian Bishop.

“Gramps,” as he was known, graduated from Greenwood (Mississippi) High School in 1951. A superb baseball player, he was invited to join the Brooklyn Dodgers Class A team in Greenwood. He chose instead to serve with the United States Army. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he completed his military career as an IS Operator in the 351st Recon Communications unit.  After serving, he dedicated his working life to Scovill Manufacturing, where he was employed from 1958-1994. He was a charter member of the Joseph Habersham Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution and Grant Reeves VFW Post No. 7720.

His fondness for reading, NASCAR and computer games was only surpassed by his love for attending his grandkids’ activities. He especially enjoyed the spelling bees, voice and piano recitals, musicals, concerts, and the hundreds of basketball, football, softball and baseball games that he attended.

A long-time member of Hills Crossing Baptist Church, he was diligent in service after becoming saved and baptized later in life. He was active in the Wednesday night Awana program, his Sunday School class, mission trips to Colorado and Bay Saint-Louis, Miss., and Good News after-school programs.

Survivors include, sons and daughters-in-law, Holton and Becky King and Lance and Jessica King; brother, Lamar Ryan King; brother and sister-in-law, Basil and Ada King; sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Billy Fondren; grandchildren, Andrew and Erin King Ryals, Mitchell King, Haley King, Carter King, Eli King and Sadie King.

The family asks, in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the Hills Crossing Building Fund, P.O. Box 1142, Clarkesville, GA 30523; or to the Clarkesville Library, 178 East Green St., Clarkesville, GA 30523.

Those who wish to express online condolences to the King family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.

The Northeast Georgian

February 29, 2012