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John Henry King III (Jack)

John Henry King III (Jack), 72, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-uncle, passed away on November 9th, 2018. Born to Col. John H. King, Jr. and Sunny King, Jack grew up on Marine Corps bases both stateside and overseas. He excelled at sports and played most of them, but his favorite was football. He played for both his high school and college teams, and never lost his love for the game. Jack spent most of his career with the Drug Enforcement Administration. First as a field agent, then group supervisor, followed by 6 years in India as Country Attaché, before returning to the States in posts as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Information Systems, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Operations, and ending his career as Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control. His love for New Bern stemmed from his 1950’s home at Cherry Point. He always knew he wanted to return here, and did so upon his retirement in 2002. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Stacey Griffith, his son Nicholas and wife Melissa, grandson Mason, and sibling’s sister Betty, brother Pete and wife Tracey King, niece Kim and husband Alex, and great-nephews Mac and John Henry, and his cousin Elaine Hiner, and family, also of New Bern. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Jack had many gifts, among which was an ability to accept people the way they were. You never had to change to be Jack’s friend. And Jack was generous to friends and strangers alike. He was never too busy to lend a helping hand to anyone needing it. He is deeply missed by his family and many, many friends. 

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