Harold L. King

Harold L. King

DARLINGTON — Harold Lucian King, loving husband of the late Elizabeth Belk “Libba” King, went to be with his Lord on March 12, 2020.
A funeral service was held Sunday, March 15, at the Darlington Presbyterian Church, led by the Rev. Kevin Cauley of Darlington Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Snow Donmoyer, Chaplain of the Presbyterian Community in Florence.
A burial service followed at Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends on Saturday, March 14, at Belk Funeral Home.
Harold was born Oct. 30, 1924, in Hartsville and was the son of the late Lucian and Zana King. Harold graduated from Hartsville High School and then went on to join the Marines and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, in World War II.
On Aug. 2, 1947, Harold married Libba, the love of his life, at Darlington Presbyterian Church. Throughout his career at Dixie Cup, Harold served on Darlington City Council and Darlington County Council and served as president of the S.C. Association of Counties and Darlington County auditor.
In 1961, Harold and his brother-in-law, Marion Belk, started Belk-King Funeral Home, now Belk Funeral Home in Darlington.
He was also involved with the Darlington Raceway from its start in 1950 and he took pride in giving the invocation at the races.
Also known as Daddy, Papa and Mr. Raceway, Harold was devoted to his family, friends and church. Harold created many special friendships and touched the lives of many who knew him.
He was a member of Darlington Presbyterian Church for 73 years and served as deacon and elder. Through his commitment to the Lord and his community, Harold received the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and the Order of the Palmetto.
Harold and Libba were blessed with 71 years of marriage and now they are rejoicing together in heaven.
Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters and sons-in-law: Debbie and Linnwood Edwards of Spartanburg and Lisa and Steve Fagan of Hartsville; his three granddaughters Elizabeth Edwards Newman and husband, Dave, of Isle of Palms, Jane Marie Edwards Trail and husband, Matt, of Columbia and SaraAnn King Fagan of Mt. Pleasant; his great-granddaughter Jane Zoe Newman (“Zoey”); his special niece Elaine Anderson Fousek; and the family’s longtime dear friend Dot Johnson.
Harold, youngest of eight children, was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers Kathleen King Revell, Robert King, Amy King Hoffmeyer, Egleston King, Richard King, Rose Marie King Newsom and Josie King Hatchell.
Special recognition, gratitude and love are expressed to the present and past staff of the Presbyterian Community and McLeod Hospice House, who lovingly cared for Harold.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Darlington Presbyterian Church endowment fund, or to Susan Johnson Memorial Fund, both addressed to Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532 and the Presbyterian Community, 2350 W. Lucas St., Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Author: Rachel Howell

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