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Dr. Gerald Wesley King, Sr.

Dr. Gerald Wesley King, Sr.
  • December 12, 1940 - September 20, 2020
  • Seabrook Island, South Carolina

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“So sorry to have lost one of the great men. ”
1 of 39 | Posted by: Christl Larson - Wayzata, MN

“Betty, sending you and your family our most sincere sympathy and love at this time. Gerry was a treasure of a human being. Becky and Bobby Hartness ”
2 of 39 | Posted by: Becky Hartness - Greenville, SC

“Gerry was a "larger than life" man who is well remembered from Greenville HS. He was a leader from the beginning. I got to know him better over...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Carolyn Moseley - Greenville, SC

“Some of my favorite childhood memories are of spending times with the Kings. I'll always be thankful for Dr. King's generosity - inviting us to...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Scott Norwood - Greenville, SC

“Dear Betty, Working with Dr. King was one of the highlights of my career. His care for patients was unsurpassed and he genuinely made everyone...Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: Susan Webb - Clemson, SC - Friend

“In 1967 Gerry and I went together by car to Chicago for our internships. We spent a lot of time together during that year. I was lucky to be his...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Jack Gottlieb - Columbia, SC

“So sorry to hear about Gerry. What a great friend and I will miss him terribly. ”
7 of 39 | Posted by: Travis Bashamv - Houston, TX

“Dear Betty and all Gerry's family:I hadn't remembered Gerry started life in Asheville. I have a daughter and grand up there now. I do remember Gerry...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Jeff Brooker, MD, MUSC Class 1966 - SC

“Dr. King was my second Dad he always gave me great advice in life and when he retired from the Cancer Centers I missed him dearly. He will forever be...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Tracy Allen-Carbonel - Greenville, SC

“Gerry King was such a good man. His warm spirit and kindness was renown. His love for the environment and greenspace was a lasting tribute. ”
10 of 39 | Posted by: Linda Mesaros - Arlington, VA

“Betty, So sorry! I remember Gerry fondly, and you as well, from CSGC days.Peace to you and your family ! ”
11 of 39 | Posted by: Alex Edmonds - Greenville/Kiawah, SC

“Betty, I am so sorry to hear of Dr. King’s passing. It was an honor to know and work with him at the Cancer Centers. I will remember him for...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Misty Solesbee

“Betty and Family, Thinking of you during this difficult time . Dr King was a great physician , so kind and caring. It was a honor and a pleasure to...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: Luann Harris

“I worked with Dr. King at our Andrews office and it was one of the best experiences in my working career. What a wonderful caring physician. I will...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Jodi Settle - Spartanburg, SC

“In 1980 my father was treated for lung cancer by Dr. King. I remember his kindness during the time of treatment and sadly at his death. He was a...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: Ann Campbell

“It was my privilege to have worked with Gerry in the early years of CTC at Greenville Memorial. I think I was the first nurse he hired after joining...Read More »
16 of 39 | Posted by: Rosemary Holt - Greer, SC

“Dr. King you will be missed. He was a great Doctor and great gentle man. He loved his patients And they loved him. I'll always remember his bear hugs...Read More »
17 of 39 | Posted by: Jane Smith - Easley, SC

“A gentle giant ready to give a hug or helping hand. You will be missed. Lovingly Eric and Jan Berg ”
18 of 39 | Posted by: Jan and Eric Berg - Friend

“I remember when Gerry moved to Greenville. Later he was so helpful when one of my daughter's developed colon cancer. Even when we all were in junior...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Jimmy Moore - Greenville, SC

“I had the privilege to work with Dr. King @ the Cancer Center, a great man with a kind loving soul. May the Lord comfort & provide peace that...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: Bobbie Nix - Greenville, SC

“I enjoyed many years of working with Dr. King. He was always a very kind, gentle, and caring man who was very much interested in how my family was...Read More »
21 of 39 | Posted by: Jan Kueber - Easley, SC - Friend

“I worked as Dr King's nurse and he was such a great employer. When my oldest child was born and had complications Dr King came to my room and made me...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Sarah Batson - Greenville, SC

“Betty, Sending you and the family my love and lifting prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. Dr. King taught me so much over the years and...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Julie Martin - Duncan, SC

“It was such and honor to work with him at the Cancer Center before he retired. He was our big' teddy bear' ”
24 of 39 | Posted by: Gigi Davis - Coworker

“It was such and honor to work with him at the Cancer Center before he retired. He was our big' teddy bear' ”
25 of 39 | Posted by: Gigi Davus - Coworker

“Gerry was truly larger than life. He was a great man, doctor, husband, father, and grandfather. We knew him best as a great friend. I will forever...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: Michael Murray - Johnson City, TN

“I am so honored to get to know Gerry. He was my wife's rock as she went through her cancer struggle. He always was the loving support that only he...Read More »
27 of 39 | Posted by: Tom Stanek - Seabrook Island, SC

“Gerry was a very special friend and neighbor to our family for 42 years! We were fortunate to call him our friend, while raising our families...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: BettyLynn Allison - SC

“Gerry and I were great friends and partners together for over twenty years beginning with his return to Greenville to practice medical oncology....Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Reg Brooker - Greenville, SC

“Always a delight to see Gerry and his smiling face on Seabrook. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend who will be missed.Lynda and Bill Scaggs ”
30 of 39 | Posted by: Bill and Lynda Scaggs - SC

“In our high school class, Gerry was voted Most Likely To Succeed, and he certainly lived up to that lofty expectation. He was a wonderful fellow, and...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Howard Hellams - Columbia, SC

“We were so sad to hear about Gerry. Evelyn Nabors let me know I really appreciate all that Gerry did for my mom and getting to know him and family by...Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Michael Stokes - Greenville, SC

“True Southern gentleman. Always looked forward to seeing the KIngs when we were in Seabrook. Will miss his big laugh, warm reception and great company ”
33 of 39 | Posted by: John (Shooter) Caputo - FL

“I was heartbroken to hear of Dr. King's death. I loved Dr. King & it was a pleasure to work with him at the Cancer Center. My prayers are with your...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: Lisa Johnson - Greenville, SC

“I'm so very sorry to hear about Gerry. He was one of the kindest human ever, and he always gave the most loving hugs. My sincere prayers are with the...Read More »
35 of 39 | Posted by: Carmenlita Sayles - Greenville, SC

“So sorry to hear this. Was thinking of your family several days ago and how Gerry came over to talk with Mike about wiring your house. Will have...Read More »
36 of 39 | Posted by: Carol Stephens - Greenville, SC

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. King. He touched me and my family in many ways, having treated a family member for cancer in his practice...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: John P. Howard DMD - Friend

“The King family is in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. May the peace and comfort of Christ enfold you all...Read More »
38 of 39 | Posted by: Paula and Chris Addington - SC

“One of our favorite people on Seabrook; Gerry will be greatly missed. He always had a smile and story and we know he was a wonderful doctor and a...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: Paula & Bob Adamson - SC - Friend


Dr. Gerald Wesley "Gerry" King, Sr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died on Sunday, September 20, 2020, after an extended illness. He was 79.

The second child of Eugene and Helen King, Gerry was born in Asheville, N.C., on December 12, 1940. He grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he enjoyed fishing with his father, and spent happy summers with his mother's family in Sherrills Ford, N.C.

Following his family's move to Greenville, S.C., Gerry graduated from Greenville High School, where he was a standout athlete, scholar, and student leader. He attended Wofford College on a football and basketball scholarship, studying English, before enrolling in the Medical University of South Carolina. After graduating, he did his internship and residency at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, also serving in the U.S. Navy as a Flight Surgeon on the USS Forrestal.

After completing his residency, Gerry began a teaching career at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, where he met Betty, his wife of 48 years. After completing a fellowship in hematology and oncology, he became a tenured professor, conducting research in the immune response to cancers.

In 1978, Gerry returned to Greenville to co-found its first oncology practice. For more than twenty years, he worked tirelessly to expand patient care throughout the Upstate. His dedication and contributions led to Greenville's affiliation with the National Cancer Institute and the establishment of Greenville Hospital System's Cancer Center, a hub for innovative research and treatment. His many civic contributions included helping found Greenville National Bank and serving as "team doctor" for his children's sports teams.

In 2001, Gerry and Betty retired to Seabrook Island, S.C., where he worked to preserve greenspace and served on the board of the property owners' association. He volunteered with Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, serving on its board, and tutored elementary school students on Johns Island. He also served on the foundation board of Roper St. Francis, where he received the Boyd Leadership Award and helped create its Meditation Garden.

Gerry was beloved by his patients and their families for his unwavering compassion. Gigantic in stature, he was warm and generous, delighting in company and conversation. Famous for his hugs and signature drinks, known as "Gerrys," he and Betty made everyone in their presence feel at home. He loved sharing his knowledge of the Lowcountry and was the first to show you how to ride a wave, throw a cast net, and hunt down the freshest shrimp in Rockville. He found his greatest happiness in the love of his wife, their three children, and their nine grandchildren, who will miss him dearly.

Gerry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gene King. He is survived by his wife, Betty; his son, Gerald ("Bo") King, Jr. (Catherine) of Decatur, Georgia; his son, Matt King (Kara) of Raleigh, N.C.; his daughter, Laura Duncan (Jason) of Lyman, S.C.; and his nine grandchildren, Madeleine King, Amelia King, and Eva Cate King; Miles King, Addie King, and Jamie King; Maggie Duncan, Katie Duncan, and Emmett Duncan.

A memorial service will be streamed on Stuhr Funeral Home's YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/1qsyTv5wlgA at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020. A celebration of Gerry's life will be planned for a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville, P.O. Box 9428, Greenville, SC, 29604 www.cancersurvivorspark.org <http://www.cancersurvivorspark.org>, and Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, P.O. Box 607, Johns Island, SC 29457 https://www.olmoutreach.org.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, Charleston, SC 29414.