Wilbur Branch 'Bill' King
Wilbur Branch 'Bill' King passed away on June 10, 2013, at Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, Fla. Bill was born on Aug. 9, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga. His late parents were Elizabeth Branch King and Wilbur B. King of Wilmington, N.C.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Mary Faye King.
Bill lived all around the states attending 13 different schools. In 1951 he graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., married Mary Faye and entered the U.S. Army for four years, including two years in the U.S. Infantry and one year in Korea as an observation pilot. After returning from Korea he earned his LLB from Emory University of Law, Atlanta, Ga. He joined the now Kilpatrick-Stockton Law Firm, where he was a partner. He served on the Board of Directors of Scientific Atlanta and Peoples Bank.
Bill retired in 1987, concluding 30 years of active legal practice. His love for water led him to make Destin, his primary residence. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and scuba diving. He served as president of the Dolphin Point Condo. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Waterfront Rescue Mission. In 1994 he built and moved to his "home on the bay" in Niceville.
Bill was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Niceville, where he served as a deacon and later as an elder. He was a regular member of the Thursday men's prayer breakfast, which he so enjoyed and made some loving friends. A true "southern gentleman," Bill was warm, thoughtful, kind and generous. He was a man of strong beliefs and convictions who put his complete trust and faith in our Lord Jesus.
There will be a graveside service held at 11 a.m. June 21 at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Niceville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Niceville, 1800 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578; Waterfront Rescue Mission 110 SE Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, or the charity of your choice.
Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.
David T. Gardella
David T. Gardella, 66, passed away June 8, 2013 in Destin, Fla. David was born May 31, 1947, to Timothy and Rosemary Gardella.
In the early 1970’s Dave worked as an executive for the Sarcone Printing Company in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Sarcone, Dave developed a relationship with Instant Services, a Minneapolis printing company to handle “web” printing, which Sarcone was unable to do. Over a period of a few years, Dave became convinced that his desire to be dedicated to the evolving direct mail marketing industry could best be served by joining the Instant Web Companies (formerly Instant Services). Dave became vice president of marketing in 1977.
His vision of becoming a premier vendor of choice for the “total” direct mail marketing needs of the industry coincided with the mission of the Instant Web Companies. United Mailing and Victory Envelope Company joined Instant Web to fill out the total package capability which resulted in the first single source option for our clients in the country. This one stop source eliminated the need to ship printed material or envelopes to mail houses located hundreds of miles away. The Instant Web Companies were going “green” before “green” became popular. On May 1, 1992, Dave Gardella was named president of the Instant Web Companies and he retired as CEO in 1999.
David is survived by his grieving and heartbroken wife of 47 years, Tresa, whom he adored and cherished from the moment he saw her; devoted children, David and Rita; brother, John; sisters-in-law, Virginia (Gary) Racki and Victoria (Michel) Vannest; brothers-in-law, Michael (Sue) Ayala and Anthony (Theresa) Ayala; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. June 25 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. June 24 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with a rosary at 7 p.m. A private burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery. A memorial mass will also be held in Minneapolis at a later date.
David’s family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Scott Webster with Baylor Medical Center in Dallas for stepping out of his comfort zone to give us a little more time.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project.