Leroy King of Apalachicola passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 in Panama City at the age of 77, after a lengthy illness.

Leroy was retired from the St. Joe Paper Mill and the US Army National Guard. He was a faithful member of Fellowship Baptist Church and Apalachicola Lodge No. 76 F&AM.

He is survived by his children, Gail (Michael) Bateman of Apalachicola, Vernon King, of Apalachicola, Belinda Kelliher and spouse Joseph Metsa, of Panama City, Arlene King of Eastpoint, Angela Fletcher, of Panama City; and Marcus King, of Apalachicola; sister Faye Hoard, of Apalachicola; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irma, and daughter, Cindy (Nana Vern)

Funeral services will be held at Kelley Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. Viewing for family begins at 11 a.m. Receiving friends will be at noon.

Burial with military honors and Masonic Rites will be held at Magnolia Cemetery immediately following the services.