FLORENCE -- Dr. G. Wayne King, 69, died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at his residence after an illness.
Dr. King was born in Florence, S.C., a son of the late Gable Batson and Osa Langston King. He graduated from McClenaghan High School in Florence and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina. He taught at USC at Florence in 1969 and taught at Francis Marion University from 1970 to 2007. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was referred to as the "Cold War Warrior." Dr. King was the author of many articles and two books on the history of Florence, "Rise Up So Early" and "Some Folks Do". He hosted a WBTW TV news segment "It's Your Heritage Too." He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and a regular at Bazen's Restaurant. His presence walking around Florence will be missed by many Florentines.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his godmother, Mary Manning Hanna.
Surviving are his son, Judson (Chris) King of Chester, S.C.; granddaughter, Caroline King of Chester, S.C.; sister, Judith King and her life partner, Jackie Helleis, of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Richard (Ann) King of Pasadena, Texas; his former wife and close friend, Jill A. King of Columbia; and many others who were his family and friends.
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Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or to the Florence County Library, 509 South Dargan Street, Florence, SC 29506.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, in Central United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Florence National Cemetery directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.