Funeral services for Lefel Wayne King, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2013, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. King died at 1:03 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.
He was born December 3, 1927, at Dawt, Missouri, to Evert R. King and Alta Hodgson King. The youngest of eleven children, he grew up around Dawt Mill, joined the United States Navy in 1946, and served on an aircraft carrier until his Honorable discharge in 1948. On June 6, 1951, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Naomi Faye Sanders, who preceded him in death on October 2, 2005 and to their union two daughters were born, Gloria K. Crumpley and Connie Jo Bryson, He was employed as an inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation from 1953 until 1983 when he retired and began a wonderful life devoted to hunting, fishing, nature photography and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughter, Gloria Crumpley, husband, Jim, son-in-law, David Bryson; grandchildren, Justin Bryson and special friend, Liz Vizier, Ashley Romans, husband, Lucas, Eric Taylor and Kelly Taylor and her son Zarin; special friend, Bettye Watson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who will all greatly miss his adventurous spirit and kind nature.
His parents, wife, daughter, Connie Jo Bryson, and his siblings, Velva Lewis, Clyde King, Eldon King, Vesta King, Agnes Rogers, Hershel King, Lonez Williams, Tesley King, Theda King and Lelon King, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Clear Springs Cemetery, Dawt, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to OMC Community Foundation Center, Cancer Treatment Center or charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.