Mary Faye King, a long-time resident of Atlanta, Georgia who has lived in Niceville since 1994, passed away on Thursday, the 13th of October 2016, while under care of Covenant Hospice at Twin Cities Hospital. She was a Christian, a devoted wife and a lover of nature and the outdoors. Mary Faye was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1931. She attended college at Georgia State University, and met the love of her life, her "rock", Wilbur Branch "Bill" King in 1949. Mary Faye and Bill were married in 1951 and devoted to each other for 63 years of marriage, until Bill's death in 2013. She supported Bill during his service in the Army, education in law school at Emory University School of Law, and work as a partner with the firm that is now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP. Mary Faye served in various capacities for BellSouth and was a Legislative Aide in the Georgia House of Representatives. She worked to help those who could not help themselves through volunteering for the Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed Mothers, Sheltering Arms (now Families First), and the Egleston Hospital with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She also volunteered for and managed several local political campaigns. In 1978, Mary Faye and Bill began splitting time between Atlanta and Destin, Florida, and permanently moved to Florida in 1987, where she volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the City of Destin and took time to enjoy the outdoors. They then moved to Niceville, Florida, where she lived until her passing. Her self-written obituary notes say that… "I always loved the outdoors. My Mother told me that I needed to live on a farm. Bill told me that I created a forest out of every yard. I loved plants, trees and creatures on earth and sea…all God's nature. I loved to walk, biking, hiking, skiing. I loved swimming, snorkeling and fishing. I've lived a great life, made wonderful friends, experienced good times, and have always been blessed by God." There will be a graveside memorial service on Friday, October 28 at 3:00 pm at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Niceville, Florida. Reverend Joe Grider and Reverend Michael Swain will officiate. A reception will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Niceville immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund of First Presbyterian Church, Niceville, 1800 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 or the charity of your choice. You may express condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com.
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