Willie Dee “Wild Bill” King

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Willie Dee “Wild Bill” King, 76, of Blytheville passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at his home. He was born Jan. 10, 1943 in Friendship, Tenn., to Dewitt and Ruby Harrison King. He had been a constable and police officer in Crockett County, Tenn., a police officer in Blytheville, owned a gas station/grocery store in Crockett County and Wild Bill’s Trading Post in Blytheville. He enjoyed marble hunting and fishing.

Survivors include one son, Stacey King (Joyce) of Gadsden, Tenn.; two daughters, Tina Gray of Jonesboro and Dedi Redmon (Richard) of Holladay, Tenn.; six brothers, Jimmy King (Carolyn) of Centerville, Tenn., Jerry King (Patsy) of Crockett Mills, Tenn., Harold King, Tuffy King (Debra) of Alamo, Tenn., Bobby Joe King (Joli) of Steele, Mo., Billy Joe King (Renee) of Crockett, Mills, Tenn.; three sisters, Helen King of Bells, Tenn., Brenda Ward (Jeff) of Crockett Mills, Tenn., and Gail Scully of Corinth, Miss.; seven grandchildren, Keith King, Charlie King, Brittany Dilday, Mark Manley, Ashley Byrd, Stephanie Gray, April Nichols; eight great-grandchildren, Alivia King, Jaxon King; Logan Nichols, Macie Nichols, Aries Dilday, Zaeden Dilday, Evelyn Byrd, Hayden Manley; mother of Stacey and Dedi, Sharon Climer King; special friend and caregiver, Viola Smith of Blytheville; close loved one, Lesa Gio of Burdette, and a host of other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joelene Ulm King; two brothers, William and Bobby King; three sisters, Frances Smothers, Dimple Stewart, and Opal Newell of Friendship, Tenn.

The family has requested private disposition under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila. A memorial service will be held at Faith Independent Church, 1860 Hwy. 88, Alamo, Tenn., at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, for family and friends with Brother Jerry King officiating.

Guest registry: www.faithfuneralservice.net