Born 6-10-1921 -- Died 4-05-2005
Elmer Junior "Jay" King, 83, of Thayer, Mo., was born June 10, 1921, in Brookfield, Mo., the son of the late Elmer Samuel King and Estella Belle Ellis King. He died April 5, 2005 in Springfield, Mo.
He was married in Kansas City, Mo., to Thelma Mae Skeen. He was united in marriage in Kansas City, Mo. Jan. 8, 1949, to Maggie Ivey.
He led an impressive life and left a lasting impression on family and everyone he met.
He was an avid race car fan and raced professionally in his earlier years.
He obtained his commercial pilot's license and flew several different types of aircraft ranging from open cockpit to high performance multi-engine aircraft. For the past number of years he was involved in restoring Model T cars, including the 1926 Ford touring car seen in numerous parades in Thayer and Mammoth Spring. He was a devoted Thayer Bobcat fan attending many of the sporting events.
He was a member of the Pipe Fitter's Union Local 533. He worked as a pipe fitter and welder as well as owned and operated a portable toilet business in St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis and Thayer.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Survivors include his wife, Maggie of the home in Thayer; five sons -- Verne Ellis King and wife, Carole, of Lyle, Wash., James J. King and wife, Karen of Arnold, Mo., Harold E. King and wife, Dianne, of Bloomington, Ill., Gary Lynn King of Thayer, Mo., and Barry Joe King and wife, Shelly, of Bentonville, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lela Hamrick of Sherman, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Thelma; a son, Wayne Lee King, who preceded him in death Oct. 3, 1999; and a brother, Russell King.
The funeral was April 9 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Erman Croney officiating. Burial was in the Field Creek Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc. of Thayer.