Thomas Burnell King

October 3, 1928June 17, 2021

COLUMBIA - Thomas “Bert” King, age 92, passed peacefully on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at his home. “Bert” was the son of the late Delton T. and Maggie C. King of Loris, SC. He graduated from Draughon’s Business College, attended The University of South Carolina and was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was the founder and owner of Columbia Realty & Insurance Company, Inc. and was commonly known to family, friends and the public as “Ring Bert King.” Mr. King was the past President of the Lower Richland Ruritan Club, a charter member and founder of James H. Hammond Academy (Hammond School) where he also served on the Board of Directors for 20 years; was also on the Board of Directors, Y.M.C.A. and served as Campaign Chairman For Partners With Youth. He loved the outdoors, particularly fishing and dove hunting, and was a Partner of North Edisto Farms, and “Huntmaster” of the Pelion Dove Club. He was a longtime member of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church, on committees for Together We Build, chairman of the Stewardship Committee, and Deacon. “Bert” enjoyed traveling with the Love of His Life, Nancy. Together they traveled all across the United States and abroad. He was also an avid gardener and farmer.

Mr. King had a great love and devotion for family - to “Bert” family was EVERYTHING. He often cried for seemingly no reason whatsoever, but that clearly showed his compassionate heart for not only his family, but also for his friends and general acquaintances as well. Everybody loved “Bert.” But more importantly, and even above family, Bert’s true and honest love of God and his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior was also clearly worn on his shoulders. Bert’s Faith always showed.

He is survived by his faithful and loving wife, Nancy, of 68 years of marriage; his devoted daughters, Kathy (Jeff) Peckham and Donna (Jeff) DuPre; grandsons, Andrew (Hannah) Peckham, Sarah Nan (Javier) DuPre, and Jonathan Peckham; great-granddaughters, Emma Caroline and Lainey Peckham. He was predeceased by one sister and one brother, and is survived by sisters, Allene Able, Iris Huggins, Maxine Johnson, Margaret Lee, Gloria Reaves, and one brother, Carroll King.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Kilbourne Park Baptist Church of Columbia, SC. Mr. King was a man of great faith and strength, and has left a lasting legacy. The family would also like to convey a special thank you to all who have cared for, sent cards, meals and prayed fervently for Mr. King and the King family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021, in the Kilbourne Park Baptist Church Sanctuary with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is honored to assist the family with arrangements. Memories may be shared at


  • Kilbourne Park Baptist Church


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 21, 2021



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Lewis Hardee

June 24, 2021

Iris and Gloria and the King family,
I just found out about Bert's passing. Please accept my condolences and I know that God will bless and comfort you in the days ahead. I watched the video of the funeral, it was very nice.
I am one of your Horry county cousins. My grandmother was Effie Carter Hardee.
Lewis Clifford Hardee Jr.

Carol Burroughs

June 23, 2021

Mr. King became my mentor in the insurance business when he hired me at 22 years old after I decided I no longer wanted to be a school teacher. Thirty-seven years later, I am still enjoying a career in which he gave me my start. He was also like a 2nd dad to me and made me believe I could do any thing. We both had a bond because he loved that I was from Horry County, just like him. I will always be thankful for the impact he made on my life. I always think of him at Christmas when I see a poinsettia plant, as he often gave me a huge red one during the holidays. Goodbye, my friend, Ring Bert King. I hope you've met my parents in Heaven and have told them how much fun we had. I'll never forget you. Carol Burroughs

Jim Kelly

June 20, 2021

Oh my how my heart hurts to learn of Bert's passing. He was the consummate friend. Fishing with Bert, sharing steamed oysters with him, Carol, and others was pure joy. His love and passion for family knew no bounds. I said often, " when I grow up I want to be just like Bert." Due to Covid and Bert's health, I had not visited for a long while but talked with him recently. He was the same old friendly, funny, compassionate Bert. I am so sorry I had not seen him recently. Rest in Peace my wonderful friend.

Karen Ambrose

June 19, 2021

I cannot recall my earliest memories without the King family being present. Burt, Nancy, Kathy, and Donna- family gatherings and vacations included you all. Burt was an amazing man- so sweet, kind, and gentle- with a huge smile and contagious laugh. What a good man! I know you will miss him while at the same time, bask in the promise of Jesus that he is dancing in glory with all the saints who went before him. Love to you all!

Katrina & Jimmy Shealy

June 18, 2021

Jimmy and I both have so many fond memories of Bert. We enjoyed the many fishing trips to Okeechobee, the cook-outs and Christmas gatherings. I can’t leave out our fun trip to Nashville and the stay at the Grand Ole Opry Hotel with Bert and Nancy. We had lots of great years working with and in the Insurance business together. It was a honor and a privilege to have been considered friends.

Jimmy and Katrina Shealy