Born 12-3-1930 -- Died 11-26-2004
Mary Virginia Morris King, 73, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Nov. 26, 2004, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem.
She was born in Rector (Clay County), Ark. on Dec. 3, 1930, the daughter of Johnny and Gertie Vickers Morris.
She was an acitve community leader since moving to Hardy in 1959. She became a member of Timely Club, a General Federated Women's Club and worked tirelessly on projects of service to the people of the Spring River area.
She emphasized the importance of literacy and history as her efforts focused on Sharp County Library priojects and the publication of The Hardy History. She held GFWC positions of leadership on the local, district and state levels, including president of the Timely Club.
She was a member of Hady First Baptist Church and co-owner of the original King Real Estate Agency. She was also an avid Highland Rebel sports fan, especially of her children and grandchildren. she was one of the first mothers of Highland athletes to establish the annual All-sports Recognition Banquet more than 30 years ago.
Her family was of greatest importance to her as she strongly encouraged each member to believe in what he or she could accompish for others. She was a faithful companion and co-worker with her husband for 55 years. Together they saw their children and their spouses become an attorney and municipal/juvenile judge, teachers, computer specialist, real estate brokers and auctioneer, all service-to-people professions, as well as volunteer contributors to their community.
Mrs. King is survived by her husband, Kenneth, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Gregg Strobbe; two sons and daughters-in-law -- Kevin and Lita King, Joel and Kim King; six grandchildren -- Kara and husband, Jeff McEn-tire, Brett Strobbe, Erika King, Kolby King, Preston King and Landon Strobbe, all of Highland; and a sister, Reba Nolen of Marmaduke.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters -- Marie Smith and Beatrice Craig.
Funeral services were Nov. 28 at First Baptist Church in Hardy with Ferrell Duffell and Larry Kendrick officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery in Highland with arrangements by Heath Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Doyne Webb, Linn Garner, Ronald Qualls, Jim Counts, Robert Clay, Kennth Sanders, Kerry Evans, Paul Stovall.
Honorary pallbearers were Timely Club members and Max Hill, Louis Preston, Mickey McFatridge, Todd Stovall and Henry Gschwend.
In lieu of flowers, memorias are requested for the Arkansas Sheriffs Ranch.