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Edsel O. King

Edsel O. King died peacefully with his family by his side at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC on Friday, December 19, 2014 at the age of 81.

Ed is survived by Barbara, his loving wife for 53 years; daughter Dawn Lenns and husband John of Raleigh, NC; son Chris King and wife Anjie of Raleigh, NC; four grandchildren, Claire LaSure, Graham King, Drew King and Eliza King and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

Ed was born in Gates County, NC to Tommy and Sadie King. After graduating from high school, he served honorably in the Air Force in Texas and Korea. After the military, he served as an Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration for over 40 years in Raleigh and Wilmington, NC.

Ed enjoyed gardening and fishing and was very active in his church, Wrightsville Beach Baptist, where he served in many capacities.

A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church, 601 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC. The family will receive visitors at the church starting at 10:00 AM. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ed’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church Benevolent Fund.

Condolences to family at

Andrews Market Chapel