Commemorating the Life of Flora Day Kingby Former Representative Jack Kingston
Posted on 2013-12-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the life of
Mrs. Flora Day King. Mrs. King passed away on November 29, 2013 in
Seneca, South Carolina at the age of 97.
Flora Prussia Day was born on December 27, 1915 in Lexington, Virginia, the daughter of the late Philip Baldwin Day and Ernestine Albery Day. After graduating as valedictorian of the one-room schoolhouse in Lexington, she earned her Bachelor's degree from William and Mary College and her Master's degree in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Admiral Benjamin Franklin Day of the United States Navy, Flora enlisted in the Navy in 1941. She served as a Lieutenant in the Navy developing and testing jet propellant for rockets at Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland for the duration of the Second World War.
Flora married Dr. Edwin Wallace King in 1950 and moved to Clemson, South Carolina in 1956, where she worked as a chemist for the United States Department of Agriculture at Clemson University. She was active in community service organizations and her local Episcopal church.
She is survived by her sister, Jane Day Casati, her sister-in-law, Jeanne Poe Day, her son Edwin Wallace King Jr., his wife Edythe and their two daughters, Edythe Day King and Elizabeth Monroe King, and her son Philip Day King, his wife Lori, and their son Philip Robert King.
Today we honor her service to our country and her commitment to her family. She was a kind and loving woman who inspired those around her, and she will be truly missed.