Tribute: Grady Ansel King, Sr

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Grady Ansel King, Sr., 99, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home Wednesday, June 3, 2020. He was born August 27, 1920 in Pickens County, a son of Robert and Texieanna Alexander King.

Grady served in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) as a teenager, serving at both Jones Gap and Parris Mountain. He joined the US Army and proudly served his country during World War II. Oh, the stories he could tell. When he finished his time there, he became a sales rep for Keebler Bakery.

Grady was an early member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Later he was involved in the building and growth of East Clemson Baptist Church. He served as deacon at both churches.

Grady’s hobby was dealing with antiques. He successfully was able to parlay that into a second career. He loved going out and finding things and learning their history and story. He would bring things back and sell them in his shop, Roller Mill Antiques right in Central.

Grady is survived by a daughter, Betty Bishop and husband Rick of Spartanburg; sons, Ansel and wife Patti of Seneca, Bobby and wife Toni of Clemson, and Scott of Columbia; 15 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; and 14 great great grandchildren. In addition to his parents Grady was predeceased by his wife, Georgia in 2004; a daughter, Patricia Warren; 5 brothers; and 3 sisters.

Graveside services for the family will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Memory Gardens in Clemson. Military rites will follow.

Those who wish to remember Grady in a special way may make donations in is memory to East Clemson Baptist Church, 230 Frontage Rd, Clemson, SC 29631, or to Interim Healthcare, Hyland Rd., Greenville, SC 2961.

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