A service to remember his life and to honor his legacy will be held Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at Goshen New Life Church at 3911 Suttontown Road, Faison. Burial will follow at Wayne Memorial Park, Goldsboro. Flowers are welcome, while memorial gifts may be made to Holmes Bible College, 4901 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, SC 29617, or Goshen New Life Church, 3911 Suttontown Road, Faison, NC 28341.
Mr. King, from humble beginnings as a farm boy, through hard work, determination, and tremendous faith in the Almighty, rose to become a grocery store magnate in the area, a prominent farm operator and agri-businessman, as well as an ardent community and church servant.
A life long member of Goshen Pentecostal Holiness Church, now known as Goshen New Life Church, he had served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and church secretary/treasurer. An staunch supporter of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church's world missions efforts, his support enabled the founding of churches all over the world. He served on the board of directors of the IPHC Foundation, as well as on the board of trustees at Holmes Bible College. He also was on the board of directors of Alternative to Abortion.
In the business sector, he had diversified interests, from being owner/operator of King Farms to owner/operator of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in both Mount Olive and Faison, and also owning its parent company, Crescent Foods. He had served as board chairman of Food Farm, Inc., was a long time member of the National Piggly Wiggly Operators Association and had served as a past president. He had received various awards on the national level for his expertise in food marketing, including the Clarence Saunders Award and the Spirit of America Award. Too, he had served on the board of directors with Southern National Bank, was a member of the Executive Club of Mount Olive, and was author of a book entitled, "Thy Kingdom Come." As a member of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce with a long tenure of service, he had been on of its former presidents. No matter how busy his life might have been, he was never too busy but to stop to help a friend or someone in need, and was eager to offer support to numerous community projects.
King is survived by his wife of 60 years, who was also his constant business partner and help-meet, Geraldine "Dean" Best King; a son, Gregg King of Faison; a grandson, Scott King, and his wife, Brandi King, of Faison; three great-grandchildren, Chase King, Raven King, and Adison King; a brother, John King of Faison; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as the many colleagues and associates in the local Piggly Wiggly stores.
He was preceded in death by two young daughters, Deborah Dean King and Janet Carol King; a grandson, Spencer King; his parents, the Rev. Henry C. "H.C." King and Donnie Eldridge King; three sisters, Dorcas King Jackson, Ruth King Murphy, and Esther King Deaver; and two brothers, Samuel King and Joseph King.
[Editor's Comment: I was privileged to get to know Moses King when I served with him on the board of trustees for Holmes Bible College. He was a man of integrity who was committed to Jesus Christ and His church. Whenever Moses entered a room his presence was immediately recognized as a person with great influence. It was a joy to serve with him and to experience a man who truly loved Holmes Bible College and our president, Bishop James D. Leggett. He was faithful, prompt, and engaged in the discussions of every meeting. As a businessman, he looked for solution to problems, and his insights and recommendations were easily entertained and approved by the board. Every college president needs to have a Moses King as his friend. I know that Moses made a great impression on me, and I loved him as my brother in Christ. May God bless the memory of this good man who was filled with faith and the Holy Spirit. May the legacy he left never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to Dean and her family. Melvine really enjoyed getting to know her when the wives of the members of the board of trustees had opportunity to meet together with Faye Leggett and each other.]