GREENVILLE — Graveside services for Tommye Lee King, 71, of Greenville, were held Thursday, July 16, at Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, with the Rev. Frank Hall officiating. He died Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at Mississippi State Hospital, Pearl. Services were under the direction of the Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.
Tommye, known to family and friends as “Vernon,” was born the fourth child of Harden and Sewell-King. He was born July 9, 1949, in Wayside.
Vernon confessed his belief in Jesus Christ at Mount Bethel Baptist Church in October 1973 and was baptized by the Rev. E.E. Evans.
After receiving his formal education in the public schools of Washington County, he served in the United States Army from 1969-1973, before receiving an honorable discharge.
Vernon was a skilled mechanic most of his life until he became disabled.
He will forever be remembered by his devoted and loving daughter: Verna Lisa King, of Greenville; his son, Brian Keith King, of Greenville; three grandchildren, Briana Williams, of Monroe, LA, Tony Williams, of Landover, MD, and Tiara Todd, of Dallas, TX; five great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Helen, King-Deshazer, of Dallas, Leathe King of St. Petersburg, FL, Carolyn King Spencer (Charles), of Greenville, Kathy King, of Oklahoma City, OK, Deborah Ann King, of Greenville, Canolia King Carey (Curtis), of Dallas, and Anita Miller (Scott) of Greenville; five brothers, Harden King Sr. (Delores), of Orlando, FL, Dennis King (Margaret), of Greenville, Thomas Lloyd King (Dolly), of Miami, FL, Kenneth King (Terry), of Greenville, and Avery Carr, of Atlanta; two uncles, Roy C. Sewell, of Detroit, and Ralph T. Sewell (Nellie), of Silver City; one aunt, Margaret J. King, of Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Tony Markette King; his parents, Harden and Jessie Sewell King; a brother, Winston King Sr. and two sisters, Brenda King-Jarmon and Catherine Woods.