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Curtis Franklin King


Curtis Franklin King, 84, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Monday, October 4, 2021 at his home.

He was born May 6, 1937 in Vance County to the late Courtney Rufus King and Mattie Doris Edmunds King. Mr. King was of the Baptist faith and was a Farmer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Friday, October 8, 2021 at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford by Reverend Carl Hunter. Burial will be in Knotts Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 – 1:45 PM at the funeral home and at other times at the home.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Louise Blackley King of the home; two daughters, Rebecca Cantaffa (Tom) of Oxford, Alice Kowalske (Bryan) of South Carolina; a sister, Katherine West of Stovall, a brother, Vernard King of Creedmoor; four grandchildren, Michelle Marcengill, Michael Kowalske, Abriana Cantaffa, Zachary Cantaffa, three great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three siblings, Aubrey, Marion and Mildred.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 1245 Mount Olivet Church Rd., Franklinton, NC 27525.


  • ernie averett Posted October 6, 2021 2:13 pm

    I knew Curtis for many years and was a fine gentleman . RIP my friend.

  • Melody skelton Posted October 6, 2021 3:29 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Scott Dean Posted October 6, 2021 7:15 pm

    Curtis meant so much to my grandfather Graham Dean and my father Jim. He and the rest of the King family will always be thought of as family. I would like to think he is with them in a beautiful field somewhere enjoying another bird hunt together. Our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. RIP Curtis!

  • Margaret and Bruce DeMent Posted October 6, 2021 8:54 pm

    Louise, we always thought the world of Curtis. We have many wonderful memories of him and you at Knotts Grove Baptist Church. One of my favorite iwas the cake baking contest. You and your family will be in our prayers. With love ane sympathy.

  • Mike Gaddis Posted October 7, 2021 6:54 pm

    I am proud and privileged to have known Curtis for many years. Curtis was dearly loved by the Dean Family, and myself, for many things that carried vastly beyond his ever-presence and tending at the farm. He had a wonderfully congenial and eccentric curiosity, and the whimsical wit and humor to transform his discoveries and perceptions into moments and comments of superlative remembrance. To go with it, he was a sensitive, gentle and earthy man, in every good sense of those words. We live our lives between a laugh and a tear; Curtis, for me, was so happily so many times the lighter side of that. An old-time, down-to-earth southern gentleman at the same time, we have lost far too much of that. To Louise, gentle, quiet and strong as Curtis was bold, to the King family in whole, Loretta and I extend our most heartfelt wishes for solace that Curtis now and forever caringly farms the Elysian Fields under the fertile Holding of the Lord, A good man gone,

  • Graham Dean Posted October 7, 2021 10:43 pm

    I remember going with both my grandfather,W.S.Dean and my father, Graham Dean, to “the farm” periodically as a child. Sometimes it took a BBQ sandwich at some Henderson Gas station to entice me to go. I remember Curtis’s mom and dad. I remember Aubrey, Curtis’s brother. But my best memories are of Curtis and Louise. They opened their home and spent time talking to me and oftentimes Curtis would show different interesting things to me. Who could not like-/ love Curtis King. As A child, I was taken by his physical strength, his laughter was contagious, always smiling, often teasing me and making me laugh.I think and believe he was just a good, good person!!

  • John Dean Posted October 10, 2021 2:54 pm

    I have known Curtis for almost as long as I remember. I learned how to hunt birds with Curtis as a kid. I have laughed with Curtis and taken good advice from Curtis. He has been my friend and mentor all my life. My love and thoughts are with Louse and family and hope their grief will soon turn to memories of what a fine person Curtis was to everyone who knew him.

  • kirk joyner Posted October 13, 2021 4:45 pm

    Curtis will be missed by ll that knew him and was a very loved man by hid family and all that knew him. May God bless and keep the entire family in his his thoughts and
    prayers as we all will . Love to the entire family

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