Charles W. King, 89, was known throughout Northwestern Arkansas as the Jewelry Man. A true rockhound he polished stones and made earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets sold for over 30 years in Hardy's Craft Mall, the Ozark Folk Center and Dulcimer Shop, Mammoth Spring State Park, and at craft fairs in malls and towns all around. At one time he and his wife ran the White Horse Gift Shop by the bridge outside of Hardy.
He and his wife retired to Cherokee Village 35 years ago and fell in love with the area. A World War II Veteran, he had recently been recognized by Highland American Legion Post 346 for over 60 years of service to that organization. He was also a member of Lions Club and the Elks Club and was serving as the grand exalted ruler of the Elk Lodge near Cherokee Village during the building of their new facility in 1977. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cherokee Village where he served on many boards and committees and outreach projects.
At one time or another, he was a: race car driver, a trick motorcycle rider, a pilot, a baseball player, a singer in a barbershop quartet, a farmer, and used his law degree from the University of Illinois as an adjuster and legal advisor for insurance companies. He loved traveling, fishing, playing cards, watching baseball and arguing politics over a cup of coffee. A life-long, avid Cubs fan, the highlight of his life was being chosen to attend the Cubs Fantasy Camp where he was voted team captain and pitcher at the age of 79.
He was recently preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Maxine Lewis King.
He is survived by: his two daughters, Nancy King, of Redmond, Wash., and Linda King Poland of O'Fallon, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Cherokee Village at 2 p.m. on March 23. His family requests that if you have any of his jewelry, you wear it in his honor. Contributions in his name may be made to the United Methodist Church to support the youth program.