On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Eugene D. King (aka. Gino or Gene, Daddio) and previously known as Eugene Salvatore (Sally) Galletti, father of three, passed away at the age of 88. Gino was born on March 30, 1933, in Cleveland, OH to Marie Ross. On May 31, 1951, Gino’s formal name change to Eugene Daniel King was approved in honor of Lloyd and Marie King.
Gino, loving planes, joined the Air Force in September of 1951 and on March 15, 1952, received the Certificate of Proficiency for the completion of Air Training Command training specializing in Turret System Mechanics B-26, B-29 & B-50 airplanes out of Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado. Gino, Chief Gunner and SGT, and his crew of 10 other brave men flew combat in 1952-1953 on a B-29 Bomber out of Okinawa’s Kadena Air Force Base in the Korean War. They were the 509th Bomb Wing. In 1955, Gino completed his duty with honorable discharge in 1955. He swore to never fly again still loving planes.
In November 1956, Gino received his Diploma from La France Beauty School and in 1958, became a Beautician. On June 19, 1961, two beauticians, Gino King and Mary Sue “Peggy” Burns married and had three children: David E., Darin L., and Darlene M. King. Gino is survived by his Aunt Edith Dodd (who is now 100 years young), all three children, three grandchildren: Caitlyn, Aaron, and Samantha King; two brothers Joseph and David L. King; Kimberly King, Tiffany King, Sarah Steiner and Ava, and John King.
In 1971, Gino moved his family to Evans, Georgia where Gino and Peggy opened Gino’s Hair Design in Martinez, GA. Gino was also active as a commissioner, and active with Board of Education in Columbia County. As a beautician over the years, Gino styled the hair of many residents in the CSRA and surrounding areas. He volunteered at the Georgia War Veterans Home cutting and styling hair for fellow veterans in their times of need.
Gino will be remembered for his ability to make everyone smile, for cruising around with his elbow out the window of his jewel vehicles, his sharp wittiness and for being the greatest dad in the world. DADDIO!
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday July 30, 2021 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Donations are welcome and can be forwarded to VFW Post 6445 located 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem, GA, 30814 ATTN: Quartermaster Dietrich Stallsworth. Checks are to be made payable to VFW Post 6445. Online Donations www.heroes.VFW.org and you can place his name to the donation. God Bless our Veterans! Thomas L. King Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.