Hope Hathcock King

April 15, 1953June 29, 2018
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Hope Hathcock King, of Oviedo, Florida, passed away unexpectantly June 29, 2018.

Born in Charlotte, NC, to the late Bland and Virginia Hathcock, Hope was a 1971 graduate of West Charlotte High. She received her BA in music education in 1975 from Gardner Webb University, and completed her master level studies at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Hope was certified in both music and elementary education and was employed for many years with Orange County, Florida Public School System as an elementary teacher. A companionate person, Hope loved teaching children how to read, and gave of herself to her family and others.

Surviving are her husband, Jack D. King, Esquire, of the home; her daughter, Lauren Hope King, Orlando, FL; sister, Faith H. Sawyer and husband, Pierce, of Charlotte, NC; brother-in-law, Bruce W. King and wife, Kathleen, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters-in-law, Norma Pettus of Kings Mountain, NC, Joyce K. Allen and husband, Rick, of Grover, NC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 7:00 until 8:30 pm Friday, at McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Mint Hill. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, July 7, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, with The Rev. Arnold Kessler of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, and The Rev. Gene Alexander, Senior Pastor of The Possibility Church in Rockingham, NC, officiating. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 pm at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC.


  • Jack D. King, Esquire, Husband
  • Lauren Hope King, Daughter
  • Bland and Virginia Hathcock, Parents
  • Faith H. Sawyer and husband, Pierce, Sister
  • Bruce W. King and wife, Kathleen, Brother-in-law
  • Norma Pettus, Sister-in-law
  • Joyce K. Allen and husband, Rick, Sister-in-law
  • Hope also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.

  • Anthony Ross, Active Pallbearer
  • Keejan Ross, Active Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Sawyer, Active Pallbearer
  • P.J. Sawyer, Active Pallbearer
  • Seth Sawyer, Active Pallbearer
  • Stephen Sawyer, Active Pallbearer
  • Timothy Sawyer, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 7, 2018

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Gail Hoffman

July 14, 2018

My heart is broken, found out Thursday about Hope. The most precious girls in the world when I was growing up was Hope and Faith. Always so friendly. Talked to Hope about 5 yrs ago and it was like I just had seem her the day before. So very sorry for the family! I know she will be missed!

Sharon Haire Finch

July 12, 2018

I've absorbed the loss of Hope in the last week and thought about what she meant to me growing up. Just wanted to say she was always a bright day for me at Hickory Grove Baptist and I loved her so much. We laughed incessantly when we were together. Everyone loved her dry quick humor, questions and reactions to things. Those big beautiful brown eyes were such a reflection of her soul. I loved her and even though we have been miles apart, her same spirit was always evident when you caught up with her. She had the widest and brightest smile of anyone I know. Jack, Lauren and Faith, I know there will be a void until you meet again and Hope would see, 'Wait and See!'

Caleb Eudy

July 8, 2018

Dearest Faith, Jack and Lauren,
Although we have been out of touch for years now my heart was deeply saddened to learn of this news. Hope was a bright shining example of beauty, elegance, grace and poise and was always wonderful to me whenever we saw each other. A gorgeous blonde with a smile that could light up any room, Hope exemplified the Lord Jesus and it is through Him she led her life. I remember visiting Uncle Bland and Aunt Virginia's home and Hope and Faith were so much fun. They would chase me around the yard with the water hose and got me on a Horse. That was the only time.. LOL And they liked the song, Spirit in the Sky and we enjoyed listening to that too. What great memories too many to mention Hope and her family have given me. Now, Leaving behind those dearest to her Faith, Jack and Lauren I want to express on behalf of my family our deepest sympathies for this sudden loss. Our prayers are going out for comfort and peace. Her spirit is free now so look for her to give you a sign that she's alright. Anything is possible just keep your eyes open and you can still talk to her. I believe it's just like the movie Ghost. Love you all and Faith please call or text me your number and address, I have lost it and miss talking with you. Thank you, CJ, Mark 404-210-1891, Lane Eudy and the Eudy family. Heavens a little bit brighter with Hopes smile and bright spirit. We shall see you again someday Dear Cousin and friend.. Rest In Peace.

Bronwyn Pressley

July 7, 2018

Faith, my mother and I are so sorry to hear about Hope. The Hathcock family holds a special place in both of our hearts. We will be praying for you during this difficult time and pray you find peace knowing she is with your precious parents in heaven. With love, Bronwyn Pressley and Susan Wright Wilson

Mark Kijewski

July 7, 2018

Jack, Lauren, and Faith,

This comes as a shock to me last night late as I'm in Virginia.
I remember my teenage years when attending Church Camp, and Hope was a counselor there and she was such a positive influence in Christ and possessed a great sense of humor. My sister really had some great girlfriends, and Hope and Faith was two of them indeed. Those were some great times at Hickory Grove. All Christians will meet again someday. Oh what a happy day that will be!

Lynn Spence

July 6, 2018

Jack, Lauren & Faith,
I am heartbroken to hear about Hope. She was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I’m blessed to have so many wonderful memories of her & the Hathcock family. Thanking God I will see her again one day.

Kathy Dixon

July 6, 2018

So sorry for your loss, Jack. We're keeping you and your family in our prayers. May God give you strength and peace .
Kathy and Dwight Dixon

ronald kirby

July 6, 2018

Faith Hancock was one of the nicest people ever had the privilege to meet. She made others better and the world better. The family is in our thoughts and prayers--Ron Kirby

Gary Abernethy

July 6, 2018

Dear Jack and family,
So sorry to learn about Hope. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Gary Abernethy (828)244-6641

Norma Pettus

July 6, 2018

A real blessing from heaven, and returned a life well-lived. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Jesus was eagerly awaiting her arrival, and there she will live in His presence forever. Special love to Jack, Lauren, and Faith.