William "Pop" King, 92, of Coahoma died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at the Coahoma Church of Christ with Eddy Pitchford officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at the funeral home.
Pop was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Loraine, Texas, and married Lucille Moore on April 10, 1947, in Sweetwater. She preceded him in death Jan. 21, 2011.
Pop was the oldest of 12 children and after Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1942, he was the first draftee from Mitchell County. He served in the United States Army and was captured in North Africa. He was transported as a prisoner of war to Stuttgart, Germany, where Patton's Army came to his rescue. After this, he was wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart.
He is a member of the "Greatest Generation." Pop was well known in Coahoma for his support of the community and the school. For years, he traveled on the bus with the band to the out-of-town football games. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his family, who he loved so much.
He was a faithful member of Coahoma Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Billy King and wife Ginger of Coahoma; two daughters, Rose Thomas of Austin and Judy Thomas and husband Darren of Roundrock; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three brothers, J.R. King, E.F. King and Calvin King; two sisters, Thelma and Katherine; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Pop was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters, Bruce, Ollie, James, Louise, Julia and Alvin.
The family suggests memorials be made to Coahoma Church of Christ, P.O. Box 120, Coahoma, Texas 79511.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com