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Michael Jacob King

Born: Sun., Oct. 8, 1950
Died: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017

Funeral Service

12:30 PM Tue., Oct. 31, 2017
Location: Snyder's Memorial Gardens, funeral home


1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Tue., Oct. 31, 2017
Location: Snyder's Memorial Gardens, funeral home


2:30 PM Tue., Oct. 31, 2017
Location: Mountain Home National Cemetery

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Watauga, TN- Michael Jacob King


Michael King, 67, of Watauga, TN. passed away Sunday morning, October 29, 2017, at his home.

Mr. King was born October 8, 1950, in Kingsport, TN. to the late Charles and Zenda Owens King.

Mr. King was a 1968 graduate of Dobyns Bennett High School. He attended UT, ETSU, Tri-Cities Tech, Mid-Western State, and the Airforce Defense Language Institute.  Mr. King achieved one Bachelor of Science degree and three Associate Degrees.  Mr. King went on to be a Sergent in the United States Air Force, a North Vietnamese linguist, an oil field roughneck, he worked in manufacturing and design, and was a teacher and mentor for at-risk children.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, reading, and working puzzles. 

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Barbara Howell King; 2 daughters and their husbands, Kerrie & Todd Davis, and Mary & John Molder; 4 sons and their wives, Michael & Lindsey King, Geeter & Nikki Lowe, Robert & April Lowe, and Joshua Dain Lowe; 1 brother and his wife Charles & Cindi King; he also leaves behind his grandchildren, Sara and Jake Hull; Axton, Lindsey, and Jeremy Lowe, Colton Fleenor, Joseph Odom, very special grand-daughters Sara and  Whisper; as well as 2 special nephews, Kaleb King and Sam King.

The family will receive friends, Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Snyder’s Memorial Gardens from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation service at 12:30 PM pm with Reverand Dorothy Hall officiating.

Interment will be held at 2:30 PM. Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at the VA Mountain Home National Cemetery.  Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 2:15 PM. 

Pallbearers for Mr. King will be John Moulder, Ray Lowe, Axton Lowe, Shawn King, Josh Lowe, Gary Cross, and Rob Lowe.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mark King, Caleb King, and Sam King.

The family would like to extend special thanks to John Molder Plumbing for being there for Mr. King and his family through difficult times.

Snyder’s Memorial Gardens, funeral home Gray, TN. is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Michael Jacob King.

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Chuck and Charlene Elliott
   Posted Mon October 30, 2017
Mike was one of the most interesting men we have ever met. He had multiple college degrees, but never looked down on those of us who did not have his I.Q. or formal education. He just always enriched the conversation with his wit and wisdom. We were blessed to have him in our Sunday School Class for a couple of years. During the discussions, he could always bring a new perspective. His love of nature endured up to his graduation from his earthly body. His last days were spent looking out his picture window at the beauty of God's creation. He had no fear of his next adventure into his eternal life because he acknowledged that he would be with his Creator.
We grieve with the family at his premature departure, but rejoice in the knowledge that Mike is pain free and we will be reunited with him.

Linda Reed
   Posted Mon October 30, 2017
Barbara and family, I am so sorry to here about Mike, I am praying God will give you peace and comfort. I really enjoyed sitting and talking to Mike the time Lucy & I came to visit. I love you all.

Steve and Rhonda Cutshaw
   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
May God be with you all during this difficult time and wrap you in his love. Love and prayers always!

mike light
   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
i'm sorry to hear of mike's passing. I lived on Carolina avenue when your family lived on Pineola avenue in Kingsport. mike and I grew up together and were tennis buddies back in the Summer of '67 and were on the tennis team of '67 through '68. in fact, when I first started playing tennis, Mike showed me the proper way to hold a forehand and backhand and how to keep score. i'll always hold fond memories of Mike and remember him as a good friend. my prayers are with you. Michael light

Jennifer Earp
   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
I'm so very sorry for what I know is a great loss in your lives.
I have always thought of all of you as family, and always will. You will be in my prayers and If Scotty and I can help we will be there. I love you all. God Bless you.

Patricia A Larkins
   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
Sorry for your loss Mike was a great friend loved to be on the farm hunting and camping with John and Mark will be greatly missed

David and BJ Creech
   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
Axton, sorry to hear about your grandfather. Prayers for peace and comfort at this time.
The Creechs

John Kiss
   Posted Wed November 01, 2017
I regret that I did not know Mike, but I too was a Vietnamese linguist in the Air Force from 1970-74. I graduated from DB in 1966 and lived in Elizabethton and Johnson City from 1975-1993. Odd and sad that we never met. I have taken the liberty of posting his obituary on Facebook in some private groups of former USAF linguists. We former members of the Security Service consider ourselves "Silent Warriors". Speaking for them, we honor Mike's service and offer our deepest sympathies to your family.

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