Garrett Michael King, 36, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, He was born April 12, 1983, in Anniston, Ala., son of Daniel B. and Beth J. King. At age 1, he moved to Delaware and was raised in Milford, Middletown and, finally, Rehoboth Beach in 1996.

King graduated with honors from Cape Henlopen High School in 2001. His intellectual curiosity and voracious reading earned him first place in the Delaware Geography Bee. An avid athlete, King was a member of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol Junior Lifeguards and served as a senior lifeguard for the Delaware State Parks Association, winning the Delaware Inter-parks Olympics in 2001.

He attended Delaware Technical Community College and earned his real estate license in 2010. King worked tirelessly for over a decade as a Realtor and integral part of the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty in Lewes, where he was loved both by his clients and coworkers, many of whom he helped to train with his uncommon natural sense of local real estate market trends. His data analysis and business acumen made him an irreplaceable member of the team.

A dedicated Eagles fan, King also enjoyed hiking, camping, swimming and watching thought-provoking movies. He was a loving and devoted father, son, brother, grandson and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, King is survived by his son, Roman Alexander King of Lewes; Roman’s mother, Helena Pappagianis of Lewes; his brother, Matthew King of St. Louis, Mo.; his sisters, Kathryn King (and Matt McHugh) of Tampa, Fla., and Margaret King of Arlington, Va.; his grandmother, Betty Lou Poloway of Palm Desert, Calif.; his soulmate and best friend, Billie Wilkinson; and many close family and friends.

A casual memorial service was to be held Feb. 22, 2020, at his family home in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial contributions to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, Sussex County Chapter (where Garrett adopted his beloved dog, Copper) at 22918 Dupont Blvd.; Georgetown, DE 19947, or at Condolences may be sent online at