Deloris Parsons King 74, of Rocky Point, formerly of Wilmington, has passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Deloris was born on December 26th, 1945 to proud father Cliff Parsons and loving mother Thelma Biggs Parsons. Between both of her parents she was the oldest of eleven children.
As a child Deloris enjoyed going to school, the movies, and sock hops with her siblings and friends. A seventh-grade romance grew into a lifetime of love with Albert Ray King Jr. They shared fifty-three years of marriage until they were separated by his death in 2015. Their marriage was blessed with three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. As the matriarch of our family, Deloris was the glue that kept us all together. She was a lifelong Christian and taught her children to love and serve the Lord. Deloris lived her life as an example of Jesus and led many to seek that same love of Christ. She was happiest when surrounded by the laughter and adoration of her family.
Deloris was a hardworking, devoted mother who spent her time filling the lives of her family with happy memories. Deloris always greeted you with a big hug, an “I Love You” and took the time to make you feel special and appreciated. She loved music, dancing, and taught us all many childhood songs. No matter the circumstances, Deloris always made the best of every situation.
Deloris was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert Ray King Jr, her parents, brothers Clifford Parsons, and Bobby Ward, Sisters Sue Szbo, Delores Croom, Cheryle Croom and other family members.
Deloris is survived by her children Albert Ray King III (Teri), John Michael King, and Gina King Graham (Brad). Grandchildren Albert Ray King IV (Cassie), Kevin King (Ashley), Michael King Jr, Travis King, Matthew King, Sarah King, Bradley Graham Jr, and Brandon Graham. Great-grandchildren Sydney King, Albert Ray “Quinn” King V and River Alexander Burt. She is also survived by her sisters Latrisha Collins (Clint), Tommie Carolyn Vera (Frank), Suzette Vinyard (Rick), Missy Hudson (Rick), Patsy McDonald, and Pam Sanders (Billy). Brothers Charlie Ward (Debbie), Louis Croom, David Croom, Allen Ward, and Sammy Ward as well as many other beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
Deloris longed to be reunited with Ray from the time of their parting and with great joy joined him in heaven. She loved the Lord all her life and was a good and faithful servant. Deloris did not believe in saying goodbye so, until we meet again precious Momma, see you later.
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.
Honor her for all her hands have done.
Memorial Service to be held on Saturday July 25th from 2-4 at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.
1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403
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