Walter Anthony King went home to his Savior on October 1 at the age of 76. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Monday, October 11, 2021 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 5 St. Teresa Drive, Charleston. The family will receive friends between 3:00 and 5:00 PM Sunday at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Highway, Charleston. Walter was born on September 29, 1945, in New York, New York, and was a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, and Lake Village, Arkansas. At the age of 17, he began selling books door to door during his summers for Southwestern Company of Nashville, Tennessee. He continued to work for them in a managerial position after he graduated from Louisiana State University. He recruited and mentored so many young men and developed lifelong friendships that meant so much to him throughout his life. In Baton Rouge, he operated his own medical insurance business, Employee Benefits, for several years. Walter had an undeniable passion for the game of baseball; he played from the age of 5 through his college years. He enjoyed playing, coaching, and watching youth and adult sports. He was a diehard fan of the LSU Tigers and New York Yankees. He was an excellent bridge player and anticipated every hand he was dealt. He also continued his education later in life and earned a masters degree from Southern University and took graduate classes at LSU in computer technology. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Jan Cheramie King, his daughter Katie Anne King, and his grandson, Dominic Anthony King. He is also survived by his sisters Mary Kathleen King Knoll and Frankie J. King, numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and godchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Walter Elmo King, Jr. and Virginia Elizabeth Genovese King. Arrangements by James A. McAlister, (843) 766-1365.
Published by The Advocate from Oct. 7 to Oct. 11, 2021.