Larry Joe King, 78, of Marion, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022 at his residence.
Larry was born in Buncombe County, on December 10, 1943 to the late Homer Baxter King Sr. and the late Edith Elizabeth Nix King. He is of the Seventh Day Adventist faith and a member of Asheville North S.D.A. Larry began practicing karate in 1975 and is a tenth degree black belt grand master. He is a karate instructor and founder of Karakido School of Karate in Marion. Larry will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by siblings, H.B. King Jr., Pauline Chapman, Herb King, Doris Fowler, Peggy Murray, Jerry King and Martha Cole.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gail King of Marion; a daughter, Joy Smith of Marion; a sister Becky Sharpe (David) of Leicester; two brothers-in-law, Eddie Chapman of Enka and Mac Cole of Leicester; three grandchildren, Zachary Smith (A.J.) and Savannah Wilson (Dylan) both of Chapel Hill and Alex Smith of Marion; three great grandchildren, Desi Wilson, Kelsi Wilson, and Logan Smith, all of Chapel Hill along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at Greenhill Cemetery in Asheville with Art Slagle officiating.