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Florist Effie Howell King, 91, died Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2020 at Carolina Rest Home.


Mrs. King was born May 7, 1929 in Florence Co., SC, the daughter of Henry Lee Howell and Flossie Lyles Howell.   

Her parents; grandson, Alex; sisters, Evelyn Harrison, Emma Herring and Miriam Wall; and adopted brother, JC Hall all preceded her in death.

She grew up on the family farm with her parents and five sisters. 

Mrs. King was a retired personnel manager from Roses Department Store, where she worked for many years.  

She was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, and was involved there with the UMW and Vacation Bible School.  

Hobbies that she enjoyed doing included crafts, sewing and her flowers. Mrs. King also loved babysitting, both her grandchildren as well as church children.

Survivors include her husband, Harry “Hubert” King; daughters, Betty Brown (Wayne), Doris Powell (CH), Kathy Reynolds (Ken), Mary Johnston (Tony); sons, Tim King (Terri), Bobby Lee King (Jodie Knight), Mark King (Jodeana), Henry King (Sandra); sisters, Chris Rehner, Mary Parker; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews..  

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:45 pm Wednesday in the fellowship hall at New Hope United Methodist Church.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday at New Hope United Methodist Church, with Pastor Sue Owens, and Mrs. King’s grandson, Rev. Greg Powell, presiding.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Guests are asked to use masking and social distancing recommendations. 

The family would like to say a special “thank you” to a special caregiver, Gartred Clements, as well as to Community Hospice for their support during this time.

Memorials may be given to either Community Home Care & Hospice, 525 Becker Drive, Ste. A, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870; or to the UMW of New Hope Church, PO Box 2117, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

Arrangements are under the care of Hockaday Funeral & Cremation Service.