Born 1-12-1931 -- Died 3-4-2008
Kenneth Franklin King, 77, of Cherokee Village, died March 4, 2008, at the Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehab-ilitation Center in Ash Flat
He was born 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 the U.S. Army in 1952 and was stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., where he served as a Drill Instructor/ Drill Sergeant. After finishing his Army service he returned to Arkansas and earned his ac-counting degree from Arkansas State University in May of 1959.
He moved his family to Hardy, Ark., 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 he 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 1963-1992, when he entered into business with Ron Rhodes and started King-Rhodes Real Estate business. He continued with this business until he retired in 1996.
He served as a director on the Board of First National Bank in Batesville; 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. He 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) McEn-tire 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); 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.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Hardy March 7 with Bro. Farrell Duffel of Manila officiating. Interment followed in 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 U.S. Hwy 62-412, Hardy, AR 72542. Arrangements were by Heath Funeral Home of Highland.
An online guestbook can be viewed at www.heathfuneral home.net.