Melvin H. King

Feb. 04, 2013 @ 04:18 PM

Melvin H. King, age 75 of Gatlinburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the city of foundations whose architect and builder is God.

Born on April 10, 1937, in Huskey Grove and lived most of his life in Gatlinburg. He and his business partners established Quality Construction Co. and during 30 years built 24 motels, 6 restaurants, five of the original banks, 8 buildings at Dollywood and the original Christmas Place. He served as Chairman of Building and Codes Committee for the City of Gatlinburg for 12 years. He was very involved with his church, First United Methodist of Pigeon Forge, serving as adult Sunday school teacher, lay leader, chairman of the building committee, delegate at large to Junaluska, a Gideon, and a mission trip to Haiti.

His favorite pastime was fishing, and golfing with friends at Gatlinburg Country Club. He was a man of God who loved his family dearly, especially the 12 grandchildren.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. Isiah 40:31

He was preceded in death by infant son, Tony; his parents, Vic and Lula King; sisters, Lee McCarter, Thelma Maples, Blanche Byrd, Mae Reagan, Faye Lewis, Rhon McCarthey; brothers’ A.J. King, Bob and Loretta King.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Daisy; children, Tim and Sherri King, Troy King, Delea and Kelly Patterson; grandchildren, Nikki, Victoria and Ryan Davis, Olivia, Cecily and Hudson King, Taylor, Jaclyn, Preston and Phoebe King, Lauren and Melanie Walker and Kylie Patterson; brothers, Glen and Sharon King, Ray King; sister-in-law, Lorene King; special niece, Bonnie Pierce; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 157, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868.

The family will receive friends 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday with funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. in Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel. Rev. Dennis Ford will officiate. Interment 12 p.m. Wednesday in Huskey Grove Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be  Tim King, Troy King, Preston King, Hudson King, Kelly Patterson, Zak Sutton, Ryan Davis and Justin Seagraves.