William Leroy “Lee” King Sr., 84, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Pikesville, Md., passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on March 21, 1933, son of the late James Henry King and Nina Mae (McFarland) King.
King graduated from Franklin Senior High School in Reisterstown, Md., and then proudly served his country as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. King continued serving his community as a firefighter with the Baltimore County (Md.) Fire Department, retiring as a lieutenant from Pikesville Station #2 in the early 1980s, after 25 years of service.
King loved music and played the trumpet in several bands, and also served as an umpire with the Pikesville Little League in his younger years. He was a member of the Baltimore County Fire Officers & Fire Fighters Retiree Association; the American Legion (most recently as the chaplain for American Legion Post #24 in Dagsboro, Del.); and the Milford Mill United Methodist Church in Pikesville; and at the time of his death, he attended Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, Del.
In addition to his parents, King was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Basler, and a brother, Wayne King. He is survived by three sons, Steven L. King and his wife, Karen, of Hollywood, Md., James Timothy King and his wife, Susan, of Berlin, Md., and William Leroy King Jr. of Ocean City, Md.; seven grandchildren, Christopher J. King and his wife, Evelyn, Erin E. King, Patricia King, Hannah King, Alex King, Jared King and Sierra Scherer; and five great-grandchildren, Gabriella King, Jordyn King, Jayden Scherer, Kaitlyn Scherer and Ethan Scherer.
A visitation was scheduled for July 30, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, Del. A service with military honors was to follow on July 31, 2017, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del.
Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.