Kenneth King

Obituary of Kenneth Wayne King

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Kenneth Wayne King, 85, of Salem went to be with the Lord Friday, September 16, 2022.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard King.

Surviving is his wife of 55 years, Rosemary Nolen King; daughter, Stephanie King Jennings; son, Stephan Wayne King; brother, Steve (Gail) King; sister-in-law, Mary Ann King, Christy N. (Ricky) Crotts, and Pamela N. (Johnnie) Hubbard.  Wayne was also PawPaw to grandchildren, Cheyenne (Tyler) Robertson, Colt Gordon, Harlee K. (Chris) McKinney, and Maggie King; great granddaughters, Juliet Marie and Aspen Grace Robertson, also surviving are his nephews, Rick King, Dustin King, Sean Bowyer, Matthew Hubbard, and Daniel Crotts.

Wayne proudly served 12 years in the U S Navy 3 of which were as an Air Traffic Controller.

Wayne retired after 40 years of service with General Electric.  Following his retirement, he outsourced for General Electric for three years in the Shenandoah Valley.  Following his time with General Electric he worked for four years with his son at King's Garage; and eight years at O'Reillys Auto Parts. 

Cars were an important part of Wayne's life.  He often raced his 32 Ford Roadster with a Chevy engine at the Roanoke Drag Strip.  His greatest hobby was restoring old cars and turning them into street Rods.  His projects included a 37 Chevy Sedan Delivery, a 37 Chevy Sedan and a 37 Chevy Coupe.  Wayne was a member of the Hanging Rock Rods and loved attending all the Street Rod shows.

He was a member of Green Ridge Baptist Church for 48 years and served there as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, choir member, worked with the Children's Camp, and the mission trip to Romania.

The family would like to offer a very special thank you to Ashley, Clara, and Kayla of Good Samaritan Hospice for their love and care.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate Wayne's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Green Ridge Baptist Church with Pastor Greg Moser officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home  540-366-0707

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