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Henry Earl King, Jr.

August 20, 1929 - April 1, 2022

Henry Earl King, Jr., age 92, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Born in Clarksburg, MD on August 20, 1929, he was a son of the late Henry E. and Edna M. (Norwood) King, Sr. Henry was the founder of Aquaflow Pump & Supply Co.

Henry met the love of his life, Carolyn, while they were both teenagers. They married in 1951 and raised Deborah, Henry, and Edward. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June of 2021.

After moving to Delaware from Boyds, MD, Henry graduated from Goldey College in 1948 with an Associates degree in accounting. He then went to work at Delaware Plumbing Supply Co. In 1972, Henry opened Aquaflow Pump & Supply Co. Today, the company has 13 branches in 4 states that have been in operation for 50 years, including the flagship shop in Bear and Delaware Plumbing Supply.

In addition to his parents, Henry was preceded in death by his son, Henry Earl King III; and siblings, Edna Schwartzbeck, James King, and Larry King. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn (Woerner) King; children, Deborah and Edward (Loretta); sisters, Earla Jane Nicholson of Maryland and Lorna (Nicholson) Leonard of West Virginia; 8 granddaughters; 11 great-grandchildren; and dozens of beloved nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1:30 pm on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R.C. Church, 345 Bear-Christiana Road, Bear, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

Donations may be made in Henry’s memory to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 or online by clicking here.

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  • My sincere feeling of sorrow for the passing of not only a true fine gentleman, but also as a business associate spanning almost 50 years.
    During that entire time our relationship flourished as Mr King epitomized the personal and business concept of absolute honesty and service.
    My company and his enjoyed an immensely satisfying successful mutual relationship.

    His smile will be missed, but his memory will remain.

    David Primost,
    Pickwick Well Drilling

  • I entirely agree with my brother, David. Henry King presided over an honest, trustworthy and efficient well supply business, testimony to his valued leadership. He leaves cherished memories.

  • A fine gentleman and great catholic. I pray for the family in their time of loss.God bless the King family.

  • On behalf of myself and the entire Baron Group organization, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the entire organization he founded. His leadership and compassion for his business continues today.

    Matthew Beasley
    GM – The Baron Group LLC

  • Mr. Henry, to me, epitomized the image of a true gentleman. In all my dealings with him, he was soft spoken, but firm in his convictions. You always knew where you stood with him, but he met every person with respect. Our world will rarely see his like again.
    Godspeed you home, sir. It was an honor to know you.
    -Rick LaBorde
    President
    Wholesale Pump & Supply Inc.

  • With great sadness we wish to extend to the entire King family our sincerest condolences. We’ve lost a wonderful neighbor, dear friend, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Everyone will miss him dearly.

  • My deepest condolences to the entire King family.

  • I had the pleasure of working for Mr. King for close to 30 years prior to our moving to Florida and to say their was a more honest, genuine person to work for than he would be difficult. The number of people who have worked at Aquaflow for so many years speak to who he and his family were and are. They expected a simple honest days effort and it wasn’t hard because if you knew Mr. King, Henry or Edward, they gave that back in spades. I will him, be grateful that I worked for him and always will remember his memory. My condolences to the entire King family and to all my friends back in Delaware.

  • To Mrs. King, Debbie, Edward and Family –
    With our deepest sympathy and in our prayers. — MaryAnn (Paglia) Loeb and Fran Paglia.

  • Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all.

  • Henry, (uncle Tic) will be missed by everyone who ever came in contact with him, true friend, and business associate.

  • My sincerest condolences. You have my deepest sympathy and support. Mr. King was a very special person to all – he always seemed to see the best in people. Wishing you peace, comfort, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. He will be missed.

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  • Dear Ed and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers go out everyone in the King family. Mr. King was a great man with strong faith, and I am sure he
    resting in peace.

    Everyone here at Latchaw, Montgomery and Peck are very sorry to hear the loss and wish everyone in the King Family peace of mind knowing he is in heaven.

    All the best,
    Mike Montgomery