William Marcus Queen Jr.
LITTLE SWITZERLAND -- William Marcus (Bill) Queen Jr., 68, of Little Switzerland, passed away Sept. 29, 2016, at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville. He was the son of William Marcus Queen Sr. and Betty Jean (Hickey) Queen. He was born on Dec. 8, 1948, in Spruce Pine.
Bill was a highly decorated veteran serving our country in the United States Marine Corps for 23 years. He received the Purple Heart during the Vietnam War as well as the National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Sharpshooter Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and was a distinguished leader of the Marine Expert Sniper Team.
Survivors include his son, Eric, and daughter-in-law, Patty Queen; and granddaughter, Rileigh Queen, of Marion; grandsons, Jackson and Charlie Queen, of Raleigh; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Ruth Queen, of Spruce Pine; and nieces Lacey Queen and Bethany Glenn also survive. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, William Marcus (Marc) Queen III.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. Mr. Scott Huskins, of Scott Huskins Funeral Services, and pastor Dr. Rocky Branch will officiate. In addition, Clebe McClary, one of the most outstanding motivational and inspirational speakers in America who served with Bill in Vietnam, will speak at the service. The family will receive friends at the church from 2 p.m. until time of service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in honor of Bill to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.