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Norma Surles King
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Obituary for Norma Surles King

Norma Surles King, 94, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 28, 2018 while enjoying her beloved Echo Cottage in Little Switzerland, NC.

Norma was born in Robeson County, NC on November 17, 1923. She was married to Clyde King for nearly 64 years before his passing on November 2, 2010. She is also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Watson Duls, and brothers, Hoover and Tommy Surles. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Ellen King Owensby.

Norma earned an Associate’s Degree from Pineland College in Salemburg, NC before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1944.

A devoted member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church, Norma taught Sunday School for over 30 years. She was known to everyone as an avid baseball enthusiast who followed the Dodgers, Reds, Cardinals, Pirates and Giants, but had been a huge fan of the New York Yankees since 1976.

Funeral services are Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Madison Avenue Baptist Church. The burial will follow the service at Willow Dale Cemetery.

Norma is survived by her three daughters, Norma King Blackman and husband, Dr. Jesse Blackman of Fremont, NC, Princie King Evans and husband, Doug Evans of Wilson, NC, Janet King Peacock and husband, John Peacock of Goldsboro, NC; her eight grandchildren, Dr. Jay Blackman and wife, Dr. Emily Blackman of Chattanooga, TN, EGie Rochlin and husband, Jon Rochlin of San Francisco, CA, Blythe Evans of Wilson, NC, Miranda Boling and husband, Miles of Siler City, NC, Sam Evans of Wilson, NC, Mary Clyde Peacock of Jacksonville FL, Hadley Johnson and husband, Bennett Johnson of Goldsboro, NC, Mallory Peacock, of Raleigh, NC; and six great-grandchildren, Talley, Elin and Nora Blackman of Chattanooga, TN, Libby Rochlin of San Francisco, CA, and Anna Bennett and Margo Johnson of Goldsboro, NC, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greater Neuse Fellowship of Christian Athletes, P.O. Box 2002, Goldsboro, NC 27533; Madison Avenue Baptist Church, 300 S Madison Ave, Goldsboro, NC 27530-6152 or Clyde and Norma King Baseball Scholarship of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Attn: Athletic Department, P.O. Box 2126, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 30, 2018, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, or any other time at the home of Janet and Johnny Peacock (202 N. Slocumb Street, Goldsboro, NC).

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6:00 PM
Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service

1300 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Funeral Service




3:00 PM
Madison Avenue Baptist Church

300 S. Madison Avenue
Goldsboro, NC 27530

Cemetery Details


Willowdale Cemetery

306 E. Elm Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530

Memorial Contribution

Greater Neuse Fellowship of Christian Athletes

P.O. Box 2002
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Clyde and Norma King Baseball Scholarship

University of N.C. at Chapel Hill Attn: Athletic Dept.
P.O. Box 2126
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Madison Avenue Baptist Church

300 S. Madison Avenue
Goldsboro, NC 27530

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