Wylie Cornelius King Sr. was born October 17, 1946 to the late Julius and Ella Mae Murphy King. He was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 1965. After graduation, he enlisted the United States Army. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, he worked at several different companies including Union Carbide, Lockheed Martin, Martin Marietta, BWXT, and Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, TN. He retired after 44 years of exemplary service.
Wylie was a dedicated member, usher, deacon, and trustee of Open Door Church. Wylie was a former dedicated member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. He was always willing to help any and every person he could.
Wylie was preceded in death by his parents, Julius Samuel King and Ella Mae Murphy King; son, Rudy C Stinson; brother, Julius “Sunny” King; sisters-in-law, Aquilla Cantrell, Jewel Cason; brother-in-law, David “Friday” Dixon Jr; nieces, Raquel “Rocky” Dixson, Angela Dixon-Martin, Deborah Sligh; nephew, Richard Jackson Sr.
He leaves to mourn his passing a very devoted and loving wife of 45 years, Shirley King; devoted and loving sons, Wylie (Diane) King, Josiah King; loving and devoted daughters, Nikki King-Clark, Tina Stinson; loving granddaughters, Denesha (Michael) White, Emani (Chase) Hamilton, Diamond Brown, Jamyia King, Kielah King, Kaela King and Wylea King; loving grandsons, Jay Brown, David Clark Jr, Noah Clark, Antonio Stinson, Xavier Stinson and Reggie Johnson; great-grandchildren, Adeidra “Ni-Ni” Mills and Scarlett “Katie” Hamilton; very loving and devoted cousins, Cecillia E. Murphy-McDowell and Alicia “Cookie” Caldwell; devoted nieces and nephews, Wendell (Trulette) Strickland, Julie (Donald) Tharpe, Gerod Strickland, Tasha King, Rochelle Dixson, Evette (Don) Mills, David (Angel) Dixon III, Cynthia (James) Shelton, Jamie (Renee) Murphy, Jrayson (Melcharle) Dixon, Andrea Kemp Ford, Regina (Tyson) King, Daryl “Chip” Sligh,; sisters-in-law, Joyce Dixon, Paula King; brother-in-law, Lawrence ( Mary) Dixson; future son-in-law, Robert Emory; devoted friends who are like family, Yvonne and Ken Elizar ,Selena King, his Y-12 work family and a host of other family and special friends too numerous to name.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, a public walkthrough visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Open Door Church, 2806 Sherman Street, Knoxville, TN. Social Distancing and face masks are required. Interment will follow at East TN Veterans Cemetery, 2200 Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN, where military honors and a white dove release will conclude the service. Flowers may be delivered to the church the morning of the visitation. During this time, we will remain in compliance with the Governor's Executive Order #17 (COVID-19). Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com.
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