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Obituary for James A. King Jr.

James Alva King, Jr. "Jim," 89, of Roanoke County passed away on August 5, 2022. He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, the late Sara Spigle King, his son, Benjamin Moyer King, and his sister, Jalene King Buck.

Mr. King was born on April 26, 1933 in Boones Mill, VA to the late James Alva King and Lois Franklin Flora King.
Surviving are his children, James Montgomery and Ellen King and Sara Elizabeth and Randy Smith, grandchildren Ethan James Hetz, Charlotte Elizabeth King, Heather and Colby Howell (Maggie Rae and Raylan), Daniel Graham, Chelsey Edwards, and Chasity Smith. Also, one brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Pat King along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

James was a veteran of the Korean War and a graduate of Roanoke College, and was employed by New River Electrical Corp. for 38 years. During his career he served on many committees representing the contracting members of the National Electrical Contractor Association, most notably as President of the American Line Builders Association and Trustee for the joint IBEW and NECA Health Care Program.

Mr. King was President and CEO of New River Electrical Corp. his last twenty-one years with the company, succeeding his friend and colleague, Sherrill W. Stockton.

James was a charter member of Williamson Road Church of the Brethren founded in 1948. His service there included being a chairman, a Sunday school teacher, and a church deacon. He was also a faithful supporter of Bridgewater College. He was an active member of the community and supported many charitable service organizations.

Mr. King's family extends their heartfelt appreciation to his many close friends and associates over the many active years of his life, and also to Samantha Painter, Marlene Craig, the Hermitage of Roanoke, and Promedica Hospice these last few years.

Jim was an avid lover of God, family, friends, animals, birds, nature, and antique cars. He was an excellent carpenter, inventor, and problem solver. He loved sunshine, music, and conversation with his whole heart. His smile, caring ways, and kindness to everyone will always be remembered. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection or a charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends at Oakey's North on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00pm and on August 17, 2022 from 11:00-12:00pm with a service at Oakey's North at noon followed by a graveside service at Sherwood Memorial Park.