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Charles F. King, Sr.

Charles F. King, Sr., of New Paris, passed away on Wednesday, June 1 at Reid Health.
   He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 29, 1928 to Rufus and Lucy Mae DeMotte King.  
   Mr. King taught science at Richmond Community Schools, first at Boston and later at Hibberd Jr. High, before his retirement in 1989. He was Past Master of Richmond Masonic Lodge #196 and Chapter #336, Order of Eastern Star in Fort Black, Ohio and Chapter #49, Order of Eastern Star in Richmond. He enjoyed gardening and reading.
   Mr. King is survived by his sons, Charles F. King, Jr., Karl K. King and his wife, Cindy, and Richard Nelson “Rick” King and his wife, Patti; grandchildren, Josh, Matt, Kristina, Kody, Kourtney, Kyle (Brandi) and Kelly; great-grandchildren Gunner and Joscelyn.
   Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Grace B. King, who passed away on June 25, 2007; daughter-in-law, Brenda King, who passed away on December 6, 2015; and sister, Clara Clark.
   Eastern Star and Masonic rites will be conducted beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. A graveside committal will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. in Lewis Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, 5998 South State Road 9, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.
   Family & friends may gather for visitation from 12–1 p.m. on Monday, June 6, at the funeral home.
   Memorial contributions may be given to the Reid Foundation for Hospice Care, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374.

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Charlie and Family,  Know that our love, prayers and thoughts are with you.
Dan, Barbara, Russ, Christie and all.

Barbara White-Smith Jun 4 2016 12:00 AM

Word has reached me here in New York that Mr. King has transitioned.  

He was my Science teacher at Boston Jr. High in Indiana.  My memory of him is that he was a formidable man with a crew cut, a short-sleeved white shirt with a bow tie, and a cup of coffee in his hand.  He ran a tight ship and was not one to put up with teenage tomfoolery.  He was devoted to science, but what a young teenage girl did not see until later in life, was his devotion to his students.  It is in that spirit that I share the following story:

At the the time of this incident, Mr. King's room was in the basement and next to a staircase, my locker was near his room.  One afternoon a fight broke out between two boys and Mr. King, coffee cup in hand, calmly parted the crowd, walked over, grabbed one boy by the collar on his shirt, lifted him from the ground and promptly dropped him into a seat in his room and shut the door.  The other boy and the crowd disbursed (I'm certain that the other boy wound up in Mr. Coulter's office), but Mr. King walked back to the hallway, coffee cup still in hand, and announced: "This is my hallway, my classroom, my peace - and I will have it!!  You are too important for me to allow you to think so little of yourselves!"  He was a great educator and a strong piece of many lives.

May you be blessed with the memory of his stories.


Lisa Shook Marling
New York

Lisa Marling Jun 3 2016 12:00 AM

Bill & I were so sorry to read about Charlie.  Bill taught several years with him at Boston and  we were friends outside of school.  I loved your mother she was a great friend.  Know you will miss him.  We pray God will help you through this sad time.  Sorry we can't make the visitation but our health won't allow it but our prayers and thoughts will be with you.  They were wonderful people.

Bill & Sondra Himelick

Bill & Sondra Himelick Jun 3 2016 12:00 AM

Charlie Jr and family  members . ..Our thoughts  and  prayers  are with  you..know we think of you often. God Bless.

Tina, Alma Lee, Jessica n Mykayla Howard Jun 3 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Karl, Cindy & family.  May God be with you in this time of sorrow.

Dan & Anita Stockton Jun 2 2016 12:00 AM