Antone A. King, 77, Was Veteran of World War II

Antone A. (Tony) King Jr. of Vineyard Haven died Feb. 4 at his Hillside Village home. He was born in Vineyard Haven on Jan. 23, 1925, son of the late Antone and Jessie Jesus (Goveia) King. He resided here until moving to Florida in 1970, revisiting the Vineyard during summers. Tony recently moved back to the Island and resided at Hillside Village.

Tony was an Army veteran of World War II, honorably discharged in 1946. He was a member of the VFW Post 9261, the American Legion and the Holy Ghost Association (PA Club), where he enjoyed visiting with friends and viewing sports, his passion, particularly football.

By profession, Tony was a barber in Vineyard Haven and Florida; also a bartender in Oak Bluffs and Florida, where he and Betty, his wife worked many years at the Jupiter Club. As a member of a musically talented family, he was blessed with the ability of a musician of numerous instruments and a rich singing voice. The King family will be remembered for sharing their gift by visiting friends and neighbors at Christmas, entertaining them with Portuguese hymns and carols.

He is survived by a daughter, Jo A. King, and her husband, Paul Smith, of Sinclair, Me.; his former wife, Jane S. King of Fort Kent, Me., and his stepson, Edward D. Chase, and family of Wendell. Tony is also survived by his sisters, Mary Ann Alwardt, Gloria Sylvia and her husband Buddy, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty (Bruce) King, who died in 1987; also by his parents; a sister, Flora Silvia, and three brothers Louis, Arthur and Joseph King.

Funeral services for Tony will be held at a later date at a time and place to be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, from which Tony has received compassionate care. Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.