LaNora Lusk King was born on November 14, 1934 to Rudolph “Buster” and Mildred Lusk in St. Louis, Missouri.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years Don King and daughters Donna Bradshaw (Gary) of Check, VA, Jenifer Bowman (Joe) of Check, VA, Amy Casteel (Clark) of Danville, VA and Beth Bethard (Gary) of Check, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Molly Bradshaw, Adam Bradshaw, Grace Bradshaw, Lydia Bowman, Ford Bowman, Ethan Casteel and Jacob Casteel; also her niece Carolyn Rosing (Michael), great-niece Anna Rosing and great-nephew Ben Rosing of Atlanta, GA and nephew Gordon Smith of Anderson, SC. She was preceded in death by her beloved sister Nina L. Smith.
Blessed and a Blessing
LaNora was blessed to have planted deep roots in her community and to find the true callings for her life. She worked tirelessly for her faith community at Havens Chapel and within the United Methodist Conference. Her faith and compassion led her to work with the local food ministry and her love of her rural community led her to volunteer with the Farm Bureau and various other community groups to which she was devoted. It was a blessing to see LaNora’s presence as she used her gift for connecting with young people. From raising her daughters and grandchildren, as well as others who loved their Grannyboo like Amber Harris, Lindsey Baker, Aubrey and many others, she was a grandmother to all children she met. LaNora’s patience, grace and generous spirit made a deep impact on all. Her curiosity, love of reading and learning, her commitment to her faith, her service and her compassion were lessons she taught by example. Her family, friends and community will miss her dearly, but cherish the wonderful example with which she led her blessed life.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, LaNora would have appreciated you sitting down and helping a young person read or for you to volunteer your time or make donations to Havens Chapel United Methodist Church or the Jesse Peterman Memorial Library in Floyd, VA.
The family is being served by Gardner Funeral Home.