Shawn King Sr.

Published 9:05 am Friday, April 8, 2011

BRANDYWINE, Md.—Shawn King Sr., 38, of Brandywine, Md., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 4, 2011, at Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Md.

Shawn was born in Franklin, Va., on March 11, 1973.

At an early age, he joined Shiloh Baptist Church in Boykins, Va.

He graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. Shawn was also attending classes to pursue his master’s degree in administration from Capella University.

Shawn and Tiffany wed on Aug. 8, 1998, and they bore two boys, Shawn Jr. and Alexander.

After college, Shawn decided to follow his passion for teaching and coaching basketball. He began his career in Emporia, Va., and later taught in Richmond. In 2003, Shawn joined the La Plata family, where he began as a marketing teacher and basketball coach for the boys’ junior varsity and varsity teams.

Shawn, affectionately known as Coach King (or “King”) to those who knew and loved him, led his team to the first Regional Championship game this year in over 20 years.

As the Department Chair for Business Education, Shawn enjoyed the opportunity to help his students grow through mentorship and job experiences.

Shawn and his family were members of the Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Shawn is survived by his loving wife, Tiffany; their two sons, Shawn Jr. and Alexander; his parents, Adolphus and Effie King; brothers, Terence, Effran and Aloysius; in-laws April, Cassandra, and Roy and Mia Cameron; parents-in-law, Milton and Sandra Witherspoon; Godmother Dorsie Smith; 13 aunts; four uncles; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends too many to name.

Viewing was held at 4 p.m. until time of reflections at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Thornton Funeral Home, 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Md.

A celebration of life will be held at noon on Monday, April 11, 2011, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Boykins, Va., where Reverend Curtis Mitchell is pastor; Reverend Alvin Blow will deliver the message of comfort.

The committal and benediction will be in the church cemetery. On the day of service, his remains will rest in church for viewing by 10 a.m.

A traditional service with dignity will be conducted by William M. Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, 224 S. Main St., Franklin, Va.

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