Ann LaRoche King
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
  • Saint James Church
    1872 Camp Road
    Charleston, SC 29412

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“Ann was my AP European history mentor at James Island Charter High School. She raised the bar for all her students. I remember her saying to me, ...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Libby Paul - Charleston, SC

“Just thinking of you Phil, and all the good times at Folly back in the day. You were and still are the luckiest man in the world to have found such...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Scott Cameron - Ellijay, GA

“Dearest Phil And FamilyMy Heart is broken for all of you. My Years knowing Ann were such an honor to me. She was a wonderful, kind and genuine Lady...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Adel Harford Williams - Norfolk, VA

“Dear Phil and Family,I was so sorry to hear of Ann's passing. Having not seen you all in many years could never dim how beautiful and wonderful a...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Guy and I both have such fond memories of Ann, working with her at Trident Academy, many nights of shared dinners and listening to symphonies, her...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Debby Jeter - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Evelyn Polite - North Charleston, SC

“Condolences to the family. Ann was a lovely lady, wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and exemplary teacher. She will be missed. Hold onto memories...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Ann Taylor - Charleston, SC

“May you find comfort in every word and gesture expressed at this time. Know that this world has lost a very dynamic personality. My heartfelt...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Alma Davis - Charleston, SC

“Phil, Julie and i are so sorry to learn of Anns passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tim & Julie Smith ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Growing up with Ann's two sons, I had the honor of getting to know her. She was not only my teacher, but a friend during difficult times in school. ...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Preston Johnson - Chandler, AZ

“The King FamilyOur sincere condolences to the entire family. We are all sad inside at her passing, but we smile knowing that she has gone to a better...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Raymond Wright - Charleston, SC

“Ann did have an infectious smile and the tone in her voice often spoke of nothing but good words and deeds. A wonderful women will be dearly missed...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Lisa Kynoski - Wadmalaw Island, SC

“Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you.Ann was such a kind and gentle woman...and left a lasting impression on anyone who met her.I will never Forget...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Penny Bruns - Charleston, SC

“Ann, you will always be remembered for your friendly, Outgoing personality and the way your smile lit up the hallways of St. Johns. You and your...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Allen Miller - Johns Island, SC

“So sad to see that Ann has passed. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Phil and family. I will rememberAnn and he family in my prayers. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Tommy McQueeney - Mount Pleasant, SC

“So sorry to hear about Ann's passing. We went to high school together and were in the band together. I'm sure she will be greatly missed. Prays for...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Shery Lauder Carroll - Ruffin, SC

Ann LaRoche King, 68, of Folly Beach, South Carolina, wife of D. Philip King left to be in the arms of our Lord and Savior on Monday, August 19, 2019. Her service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Saint James Church, 1872 Camp Road at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow in the churchyard. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Ann was born May 22, 1951 in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of the late Robert Stanyarne LaRoche, Sr. and Alma Lee Jenkins LaRoche. Growing up on the Bohicket River and raising her family on the beach, Ann enjoyed life on the water. Phil and Ann became high school sweethearts, and once married, loved raising a large family together. They enjoyed traveling and shared a mutual admiration of history. Spending time with family was always her greatest joy and she was treasured by so many close friends. Her smile and infectious laugh was a light to everyone around her.

Ann graduated Valedictorian from St. John's High School and with honors, from both the University of Arizona and The Citadel where she received her Master's Degree. She was a retired school teacher having taught at Trident Academy for 10 years and James Island Charter High School for over 22 years. She was the head of the Social Studies Department and a National Board certified teacher. Ann influenced and touched the lives of countless people in her career and within her church. As a member of Saint James Church, she was active on the church vestry as Senior Warden, served as Christian Education Director, and sang in the choir.

Her musical abilities also included playing the clarinet through high school and college, and in the Charleston Community Band.

She is survived by her husband, Phil of 46 years; two daughters: Laura Jane Vroon (Jon) of Charleston, SC and Elizabeth Louise Gunther (Heath) of Charleston, SC; two sons: Philip LaRoche King (Mariana) of Mallorca, Spain and Capt. Stephen Joseph King, USMC (Amanda) of Corpus Christi, TX; two brothers: Robert Stanyarne "Stan" LaRoche, Jr. (Mary) of Johns Island, SC and Richard Daniel LaRoche (Robin) of Johns Island, SC; and ten grandchildren: Hannah, Jonathan, Benji, June, Porter, Joshua, Boden, Anna Rae, Charlie, and Henry.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint James Church, 1872 Camp Road, Charleston, SC 29412.