Helen King


Helen Mathis King, 91, of Cordova passed away Friday, July 19, 2019, at Richmond County Hospice Haven.

She was born April 25, 1928, in Jackson County, N.C., a daughter of the late James W. and Chassie V. Deitz Mathis. She was the last of the 16 children born to James and Chassie.

Mrs. King was a member of Cordova Baptist Church and retired from Burlington Industries. Many of you may also remember her “biscuits” from her time working in the deli at Duncan’s in Cordova because actual retirement was not an option. She loved her family and church family dearly and loved nothing better than being surrounded by those families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 15 siblings; her husband, Carl M. King; and her granddaughter, Wendy Newton.

She is survived by her daughter, Sarah K. Shoun and husband Harold; daughter, Michele K. Griggs and husband Wayne; grandson, Matt Haywood and wife Shannon; granddaughter, Bronwyn Capel and husband Chance; granddaughter, Abigail Newton; granddaughter, Allison Newton; granddaughter, Sage Pryce and fiancé Tré; grandson, Wyatt Haywood and wife Katy; grandson, Chase Newton and wife Faith; granddaughter, Carleigh Haywood; and grandson, Memphis Griggs. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Xaandria, Casen, Sway, Anniston, Leighton, Luna, Easton, Skiler, Charlene and Flora; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 23, at 3 p.m. at Cordova Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Anderson, Rev. Bill Monroe and Rev. Chris Thornton officiating.

Burial followed at Eastside Cemetery.

The family received friends from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, prior to the service at the church and other times at her home, 120 Center Street, Cordova.

Memorials may be made to Richmond Co. Hospice, 1119 U.S. Hwy. 1 N., Rockingham; or Cordova Baptist Church, P.O. Box 160 Cordova, NC 28330.

Online condolences may be made at www.watson-kingfuneralhome.com.

Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham served the King family.