Robert L. King

Published 8:02 am Thursday, May 30, 2024

Robert L. King, Brookhaven, MS passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2024, in Florence, MS surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 83.

He was born in Greenville, Pa., on October 24, 1940, to Harold and Harriet (Grinnell) King. Mr. King served honorably with the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He had been employed as an advisor at the General Motors Plant in Brookhaven, retiring after 30 years of service. He was a former member of the Carpenters Corner Church of Christ

He enjoyed restoring Model A’s, was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, especially pheasant hunting in Kansas, training his dogs, and the many fishing trips with his brothers to Canada.

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He was a talented woodworker, using his skills to renovate and remodel homes. Mr. King was proud to have built his own home with his own hands. He also enjoyed digging a little dirt with his dozer.

Most important to Robert was the moments he could share with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Neal (Jo Ann) King of Brookhaven, Kimberly (John) Norton of Florence, and Pamela (Andy) Smithie of McComb. He is also survived by his two sisters, Shirley Stright of Mercer, and Linda Elder of Sandy Lake; three brothers, Gary (Karen) King, Clarks Mills, Paul “Butch” (Joyce) King, Clarks Mills and Steve (Janeen) King, all of Clarks Mills, Pennsylvania. He had 4 grandchildren, Darren (Ashley) White, Taylor Smithie, William Smithie and Brian Smithie.

In his final day’s Mr. King expressed that he wanted peace for all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, the former Barbara Morris King; a brother, Lawrence King; a sister-in-law, Erla King; two brothers-in-laws, Donald Stright and Donald Elder.

Visitation was held on Friday, May 17, from 5-8 p.m. and 10-11 a.m. Saturday morning.

The funeral and committal services were held on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at the Robert L. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., in Sheakleyville, PA with the Reverend Timothy Clark officiating.

Mr. King was laid to rest at Hadley Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at