William "Bill" King

The family of William (Bill) and Naomi King are honoring the recent passing of these two souls. Bill and Naomi were married nearly 73 years and generally, when you saw one, you saw the other and they were holding hands. Together, they have left a rich legacy of faith and love to their family and those who spent time with them.  With just five days between their deaths, they are together again, with Jesus.
Naomi was 90 when she died on February 10.  She was born in Reedsville, the daughter of Albert and Bertha Milhoan. Bill was 95 when he died on February 15.  He was born in Meigs County, the son of Vint and Grace King.
Bill and Naomi were lifetime members of Bradbury Church of Christ.  Following and serving Jesus was their first priority. They also belonged to the Belles and Beaus Square Dancing Club for many years. They first met at a square dance and that love of dancing continued well into their later years. Bill was a veteran of the Navy, serving during World War II, a life member (65 years +) of the American Legion, and 65-year member of the Middleport Masonic Lodge.  Bill and Naomi both were 64-year members of Eastern Star, serving in roles together.  Naomi served a state-wide office in 1968.
Others have described Bill and Naomi as kind, friendly, hospitable, always smiling, dear friends, and so in love!  Their journey was a beautiful love story as they chose to live their life together, to love Jesus and to love and honor each other so well.
Bill & Naomi’s immediate surviving family members are daughters Debbie and Steve Finlaw, Long Bottom; Kathy and Wayne Thomas, Bradbury; Sherry and Terry Houck, Huntington WV; and son Kevin and Cathy King, Erie CO.  Grandchildren include Heather and Joe Snyder, Canal Winchester; Matt and Kristi Finlaw, Pomeroy; Jessica Johnson and Sam Bendet, San Antonio TX; Derek Johnson, Riviera Beach FL; Nicole and Steve Thacker, Huntington WV; Aaron and Nancy Meckstroth, Indianapolis IN; Chelsea and Ben Tarrier, Plain City OH; Evan and Leah King, Frederick CO; Chloe King, Erie CO.  Great grandchildren include Whitley Snyder, Wyatt Snyder, Mattison Finlaw, Lucas Finlaw, Cannon Thacker, Cali Thacker, Aria Meckstroth, Maverick Meckstroth, Ford King Meckstroth, Darren Tarrier, Abbey Tarrier, Bode Tarrier, and Levi William King. Many other relatives survive, each one loved by Bill & Naomi.
A very special thank you goes out to Pat Vaughan, who for the last year has been by their side, lovingly helping with their care. Also, Charlie Calaway, Janet Yates and the Hospice nurses of Amedisys of Marietta.  
Bill and Naomi’s office was full of hand-written notes. One such undated writing from Bill was titled Legacy. He referenced Sir Walter Scott, who as he lay dying, asked his nephew to read to him from the Book. “What book?” replied the young man. Scott said: “The Bible. There is only one book for any man who is dying, but it is also the book for any person who is living.” Bill and Naomi lived their life as best they could according to “this book” and their story is a reflection of Jesus’ love.  Their hope, for those they encountered, was that their example might point others to Jesus.  And for that reason, while we their family mourn their physical death, we do not grieve as those who have no hope.  We are confident in God’s grace and that they are in God’s presence. Amen!
Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy will host a public visitation for Bill and Naomi on Saturday, February 27th from 11:00AM to 1:00PM, followed by a combined Celebration of Life Service at 1:00PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bradbury Church of Christ.

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