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Donald Lauren KING

Male 1926 - 2011  (84 years)


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  • Name Donald Lauren KING 
    Born 9 Oct 1926  Toledo, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 0F64E5BDC3244F388A919C9E82FC1A82F260 
    Died 14 Jan 2011  Roanoke, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Roanoke, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • From findagrave.com, Jam 2015:
      Donald Lauren King, 84, of Roanoke, passed away peacefully January 14, 2011, with his daughter, Donna, by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Lillian, of 42 years. Don was born in Toledo, Ohio October 9, 1926, and by age 12, both of his parents had passed. He and his sister relocated to Franklin County, Va. to be with family. Dad's desire to succeed helped him graduate salutatorian of his class in 1943. He planned to attend the University of Virginia but was drafted, and proudly served his country in the pacific during World War II, including duty as an MP in Nagasaki, Japan until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He returned home and worked for Rainbow Bakery, where he met his future wife, Lillian Minter. They were married in April 1951. Starting his own family, Don pursued a career in the brokerage industry, accepting a sales position with Jarrett Brokerage Co., where he remained for many years until he and a partner began American Brokerage Co. Don served as VP when they began and shortly thereafter, a plane crash took his partner and he became CEO until he retired in 1991. An avid golfer, he intended to enjoy his retirement, but was asked by Sterling Mike Minter, his late brother-in-law, to assist with sales of oriental carpets at Olde Salem Furnishings, where his two days per week quickly became four and cut into his golf time. Always the salesman, and a true people person, he continued working until he finally retired at age 80. Don was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Kazim Shriners, and remained active in his community, volunteering at both Ram House and the Salvation Army. A lifelong member of Peters Creek Church of the Brethren, he served as adult Sunday School teacher for 45 years. Don is survived by his sister, Iris Kidd of N.C.; and his children, Donna Smith and husband, Richard, of Roanoke Co., David and wife, Karen, of Botetourt County, Darryl and wife, Vickie, of Franklin County, Va., Diann King, of Durham, N.C.; and also his grandchildren, Stacy Smith, Kristin Benson, Brittney King, Zachary Sink, Courtney King and Carson King; sister-in-law, JoAnn Minter, of Salem, Va.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews; and true friend and companion, Ruth Carden, of Roanoke, Co. The family cannot express the gratitude we feel to the entire staff of South Roanoke Nursing Home, Gentle Shepherd Hospice, and Dr. Vashist Nobbee. They were there for our dad. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Peters Creek Church of the Brethren, 6045 Peters Creek Rd. Roanoke, Va. 24019. A service celebrating Don's life will be held at Oakey's North Chapel on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jack Lowe officiating. Interment to follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday, January 17, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237.


      Published in Roanoke Times from January 16 to January 17, 2011
    Person ID I1504  America
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2015 

    Family Lillian R Minter,   b. 1930, Roanoke, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1993, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married Apr 1951  USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F757  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S66] findagrave.com, November 2014 and later.