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Emmett Lanier King Jr. (Lanny) died on May 30, 2021 at the age of 70.

Lanny is survived by his wife, Patricia Barker King; his children Natalie (Brian) Choate and Nathan (Lauren) King; Grandchildren: Kaylee and Ethan Choate, Katherine, Barrett, and Caroline King; surviving siblings- Stanley King, Kathy King (Michael) Finley; sister in law Carol King;  Nieces and nephews:  Taylor Finley; Connor Finley; Jason (Christy) King; Sarah (J) Beasley and many great nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by Emmett Lanier King Sr., Katherine Berry King, and Suzanne Hipe King.

Lanny was born on June 15, 1950 in Jackson, Mississippi to Emmett and Katherine King. After graduating Murrah high school in 1968, he pursued a B.S. geology degree at Millsaps College, graduating in 1972.  He was a proud member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and formed many lifelong friendships during those days, especially that of Dr. Don Marascalco. He began his professional career at Dresser Atlas in Tyler, Texas and career spanned 43 years working in various geology and petrophysics roles prior to his retirement as a Senior Petrophysical Advisor at Devon Energy’s Oklahoma City Headquarters in 2015.

In 1977, Lanny married Suzanne Hipe in Tyler, Texas.  They were married for 36 years and resided in Tyler, TX, Jackson, MS, Edmond, OK and Kingwood, TX.  They had two children, Natalie and Nathan, in 1979 and 1982 and lived in Edmond for over 20 years.  Lanny enjoyed being a dedicated father and husband who worked hard and was involved with his children’s activities and sports.  He cherished the deep friendships he made in Oklahoma and had endless stories of good times and outdoor adventures.  His children are grateful for the love their parents gave them through the years.

Following the untimely death of Suzanne in 2013, he was happy to find love again and married Patricia Barker – they were married for 7 happy years.  They enjoyed going to plays, watching movies, socializing with their neighbors in both Kingwood, TX and then Tyler, TX.  Despite Lanny’s large stature and rugged exterior, he enjoyed indulging and spoiling his and Patricia’s maltese, “BiBi” King.

Lanny loved making memories in the outdoors through camping, hunting and fishing with his son and friends.  He enjoyed many hobbies through the years and was extremely knowledgeable and skillful in a wide variety of subjects.  He was a man who would truly do anything for his family and friends.  He was well known for his loyalty, and thoughtful love of others by serving and supporting them.  Lanny loved cooking, grilling and gathering around a table to eat, share stories and laugh, especially on Sunday afternoons. Lanny loved to be behind a camera taking pictures of the people he loved and of nature.  He cherished making memories with his children and grandchildren and seeing them grow up. His grandkids loved to spend time with him, especially when he would share and explain his rock collection and cook with them.

A funeral service will be held at Colonial Chapel funeral home in Mendenhall, Mississippi on Saturday, June 5th at 2 pm and he will be buried at the Mendenhall City Cemetery. His nephew Jason King is officiating the service.

In lieu of flowers, Lanny has chosen Mendenhall Cemeteries Association to receive memorial contributions. P.O. Box 838 Mendenhall, Mississippi 39114

Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.



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