United States Retired Major Milford Errold King, 89, died peacefully on March 16, 2021.
Milford was born on December 19, 1931 in Enid, Oklahoma to Willie Maurice King and Maggie Steele King. An avid student, Milford attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri with his brother Marshon. Both brothers became members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated like their older brother Maurice. Milford earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History,
In 1954, Milford married his college sweetheart, Eola S. Brown. They were happily married for 62 years. He also joined the United States Army and was assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After graduating from Medical Field Service School, he was stationed in Korea as a Field Medical Support Officer. Milford completed tours of duty in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. When he returned to the states, he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. In 1974, Milford returned to Fort Leavenworth, where he retired.
Milford was a highly decorated soldier. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam), Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Vietnam Advance Camp, two Overseas Bars, and a Vietnam Camp Medal. After twenty years of dedicated service, he was discharged with full honors and began a second career with General Services Administration (GSA) as a Procurement Medical Supply Officer. In 1994, after working 20 years with GSA he retired again. However, he continued working various jobs on a part-time basis.
Major King was a brave and loyal officer, as well as a patient and loving father and grandfather “PaPa”. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, wife, and son, Milford Eldon King.
He is survived by his daughters, Leslie Michelle King and Karen Arlene King and adopted daughter Kathy Dawn Finnell; his two grandchildren, Armahn Errold King and E’lan Simone Joyce King and adopted grandchildren, Tunisia “KoKo” and Giavonni “GiGi”; two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.
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