Kenneth Franklin King, 77, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ash Flat, Ark.
Kenneth was born on Jan. 12, 1931, in Rector, Ark., to Jewell King and Marie (Duffel) King. Kenneth graduated from Rector High School in 1949 and later that year married Mary Virginia Morris on Aug. 6, 1949, in Detroit, Mich., while Kenneth was working at the Cadillac Motor Company. He entered into the U.S. Army in 1952 and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he served as a Drill Instructor/Drill Sergeant. After finishing his service in the Army Kenneth returned to Arkansas and earned his accounting degree from Arkansas State University in May of 1959. Kenneth moved his family to Hardy, Arkansas in 1959 and worked as an accountant for Ralph Johnson in the Hidden Valley Development Company. Kenneth served as the General Manager for the Woodland Hills Development Company until 1962. In 1963 Kenneth established the King Agency Real Estate which provided real estate, insurance and accounting services. King Agency Real Estate remained in business in the same location for 31 years from 1963 until 1992, when Kenneth entered into business with Ron Rhodes and started the King-Rhodes Real Estate business. Kenneth continued with this business until he retired in 1996.He served as a Director on the Board of First National Bank in Batesville, Ark.; a Director of the area Boy Scouts of America and was one of the original members of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Ozarks Hospital in Cherokee Village. Kenneth was active in helping establish the Chamber of Commerce in the Spring River area. He served on the Finance Committee at the First Baptist Church of Hardy, where he and his family were members. Kenneth also worked for many years with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and served on the Highland School Board.He was preceded in death by: his wife, Mary Virginia (Morris) King of Cherokee Village; his mother, Marie (Duffel) Blan and step-father, Fred Blan; and a brother, Miles King.He is survived by: his three children, Kevin King and wife Lita, Deanna (King) Strobbe and husband Greg, and Joel King and wife Kim, all of Highland; Six grandchildren, including Kara (King) McEntire and husband Jeff, Brett Strobbe, Erika King, Kolby King, Preston King and Landon Strobbe; great-grandchildren, Kenzie McEntire and Mallory McEntire (and a third great-grandchild due in April); a step-sister, Martha Dean Wilson of Paragould; and a sister-in-law Reba (Morris) Nolen of Marmaduke.Pallbearers were Brett Strobbe, Kolby King, Preston King, Jeff McEntire and Kerry Evans.Honorary pallbearers were Linn Garner, Max Hill, Ronnie Qualls, Allie McBride, Donna Kelly, Dana Murphy, Paul Stovall, Jim Counts, Henry Gschwend, Karen Taylor and the staff of Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Hardy March 7 with Bro. Farrell Duffel of Manila officiating. Interment followed in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Highland.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Sharp County Community Foundation at either FNBC, P.O. Box 8 Ash Flat, AR 72513 or Liberty Bank, 1927 US Hwy 62-412, Hardy, AR 72542.Arrangements were under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland. An online guestbook can be viewed at www.heathfuneralhome.net.