Sam Perry King
Sam Perry King
  • March 1, 1931 - September 15, 2017
  • Nacogdoches, Texas

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Sam Perry King of Melrose passed away Friday, September 15, 2017, at his residence at the age of 86 years, 6 months, and 14 days. He was born March 1, 1931, in Nacogdoches to parents Sam Houston and Ora Mae (Fletcher) King.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel officiated by Celebrant Constance Engelking. Interment will follow at Old North Church Cemetery. The United States Navy will provide full Military Honors. A catered reception will follow the interment at Cason Monk-Metcalf, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. King graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1948. He would talk of running home from school to get his chores done, and if all went well he could get an hour at the creek. He would look forward to going to town once a month in the buggy for salt and staples for the house. He would also be given a nickel to get some candy. As he got older, he drove for Pure Milk & Ice Co. delivering supplies daily.

Sam enlisted in the United States Navy on April 10, 1951. Those were some of the best days of his life. He would often speak of flying the generals to different locations and having the best hunting and fishing in Kodiak, Alaska. This was a dream come true for a young man from deep East Texas. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on March 31, 1955. During his time in the Navy, he earned diplomas of Machinist Mate 2nd Class under Fighter Squadron Ninety Three and Aviation Machinist Mate Second Class.

Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey Jane King; daughter, Dianna Lynn LaCoure; brothers, Buford (Boots) King, Ford King, and Jack King; and sister, Jerry Corley.

He is survived by his sister, Mabel Reed of Shreveport; daughter, Debbie Roberson and husband Kevin of Highlands; son, Bruce King of Woodville; grandson, Jess LaCoure II and wife Carol and their children, MacKenzie Lynn, Jess LaCoure III and Colt Henry of Temple, Texas; granddaughter, Renee Tubbs and husband Matt and their children, Cade, Shelby Lynn, and Lucas King of Belton, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Pallbearers will be Matt Tubbs, Jess LaCoure II, Rodney Cory, Kyle Cory, Hyman Boozer, and Lee Roberson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Mr. King's name to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.