My sweet Grandaddy


  • Kenneth Martin King    
    1916 – 2008
    Kenneth Martin King, 91, went home to be with the Lord Friday evening, May 23, 2008.
    Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ridglea Presbyterian Church. Burial: private in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
    Memorials: Ridglea Presbyterian Church, Alzheimer’s Association or charity of choice.
    Kenneth Martin King was born Aug. 21, 1916, in Thornton to Burnice L. and Lotta Payne King. He grew up in Lamesa, where he was an Eagle Scout. Following his education in Lamesa, he attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from the University of North Texas.
    In 1937 Kenneth met Jessie, the love of his life, at the plaza in Taos, N.M. Three years later, on April 20, he married Jessie Evers of Denton, and they were married for 68 years. Kenneth was a World War II veteran and served in the European theater as a military policeman. He was employed with Sheaffer Pen Company for 33 years, and after many years of traveling he took an early retirement.
    Kenneth was a longtime member of Ridglea Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon. His hobby was his family, and his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Kenneth was greatly loved and respected by his family and friends.
    Survivors: Loving wife, Jessie King; daughter, Shirley Godby and husband, Dub of Fort Worth; son, Richard King and his wife, Carol of Fort Worth; daughter, Janice Compton and husband, Greg of Euless; grandchildren, Kirk Godby, Angela Bowers, Kelly Elliott, David King, Sarah Hall, Matthew Cox, Jamie Ramos and Laura Cox; and 14 great-grandchildren.
    Published in the Star-Telegram from 5/26/2008 – 5/27/2008.
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