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Erlene Best
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Rufus Paul King passed away on June 7, 2005 following a long battle with cancer. He was born November 16, 1938 in Abilene, TX to Rufus C. Burleson "Burl" King and Ozelle Alvern Read King. He was a graduate of Abilene High School in 1957, and a graduate of Rice University in 1961.

Rufus is preceded in death by his parents Burl and Ozelle King, and his brother, Boyd. He is survived by his precious wife of 42 years, Johnnie Loraine Mills King; daughter Jennifer King Stockstill, her husband Clifford Allen Stockstill and their sons Caleb Allen and Cade Burleson Stockstill; son Geoffrey Paul King, his wife Catherine Cooper King and their son Cooper Paul King all of Houston; son Jonathan Burl King, his wife, Alison Leard King and their daughter Clare Addison King of Midland, TX. He is, also, survived by his mother-in-law, Frances Mills, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was a member of the Abilene High School '54, '55, '56 football teams, which achieved three consecutive State Championships. In 1999, The Dallas Morning News named those teams "Team of the Century." Rufus was twice selected All District 1AAAA, and All State. While at Rice, Rufus was selected All-Conference Guard, Eastman Kodak All-American, and All-Southwest Academic Team. He played in the Hula Bowl and All-American Bowl in Buffalo, NY. In 1982, he was inducted into the Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame. At the end of the Southwest Conference Era, Rufus was honored as "All-Time All-Southwest Conference Guard." He served on the Board of Directors of the "R" Association and was a former president. Rufus was a member of Houston's First Baptist Church for 48 years having served on the Board of Deacons and as Chairman.

Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Friday, the 10th of June 2005 in the Library of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive. The Memorial Service will be held at three o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 11th of June 2005 in the Worship Center of Houston's First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Frwy, with Rev. Gregg Matte, Dr. John Bisagno, and Dr. Charles Poor officiating. A reception will follow at the church. Deacons of First Baptist Church will be honorary pallbearers.

Remembrances may be sent in Rufus' name to Houston's First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Frwy. Houston, TX 77024, or to Rice University "R" Association, P.O. Box 1892, Attn: Bobby May, Dept of Athletics, MS 546, Houston, TX 77251-1892. Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home Houston, Texas 713.789.3005

Obituary from Abilene Reporter News
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EdwinC. King
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Willis King, borh to James and Sarah King in Edgefield County, S.c. in 1792 was the first of his family that is known to have lived in Georgia. The 1790 census of Edgefield include James, his wife, and two males under 16. These two were no doubt Willis' older brothers as he was not born untill 1792. No other info is available for these older brothers. Willis married Nancy Williams in Bulloch County, Ga. on 30 Dec.,1813. Nancy was the daughter of David Williams RS, and Mary James and the g-dau. of William WIlliams, RS. She was the niece of Garrett and Seth Williams, both RS.In 1820 Willis and Nancy are livimg in the new county of Irwin in Georgia.Irwin County Georgia was divided into several smaller counties and in 1830 Willis and Nancy, likely without actually moving,are in Lowndes County.Willis is thought to be the only person known to have lived in what is now Brooks County to be listed on the 1820 census of Irwin County,and the the 1830 census of Lowndes. They raise a large family in Lowndes before Willis died on Tuesday, 27 January,1857. Willis left a large estate of several thousand acres and seventy-five slaves.He had become rich in the cattle business by letting hs many cows graze freely in the vast open wiregrass acres undwer the tall yellow pines. In 1858, Hickory Head, where Willis and Nancy lived was set- off again, this time into Brooks County. William Harden, in his, "A History of Savannah and South Georgia",in his short bio of James Groover, indicates that Willis King and Henry Melton are the earliest settlers in that region.James King, Willis' son, acquired several thousand acres of his father's holdings near the present Grooverville. His sons, Willis and John H., both lived on large farms near Grooverville. John sons, Willis and Raymond also raised families near Grooverville. Willis is buried in the King Family Cemetery which is located a few yards east of Livingston Road about 1/4 mile north of the intersection of Livingston Road and Ramsey Road, and near Hichory Head.John H. and his son Willis are buried in the Grooverville Cemetery. Raymond is buried in the Olive Baptist Church Cemetery in Jefferson County, Fl.
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Vivian Smith
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AS a five year old daughter and the last of six children born to Zebulon Dewitt King, Sr. and Mildred Lee EArp King, I remember those "old cotton fields back home". Ours was on a small farm that dad and my brothers worked. All of us helped in the fields to hoe weeds from the "king crop", cotton. I had a little hoe, just like the big ones, but to fit my size. I enjoyed being in the field with my Uncle Sam and Aunt Mary King and their children. It was the day when family really meant family. We shared dinner (which people call lunch, now). And then if it was blackberry season, June or July, we would gather up our little "king syrup" buckets and go down to the pasture brier thickets. The plump wild blackberries would be picked with care as to not prick fingers. Uncle Sam was fun to go "blackberry pickin'" with, as he told lots and lots of funny true stories of the family. Sometimes I wished he was my daddy as he always had a laugh. But God knew what he was doing. My father was quiet, yet sure. He was a hard taskmaster while cutting pulpwood and loading it with my brothers, Uncle Sam, and a few hired hands to make a living.

Picking cotton when it matured was another family task. Dad hired a few hands to help do this also. My small burlap over-the-shoulder bag was just right for me at five years old to pull the fluffy cotton from the bushes covering a large field beside our house. AS an honest person, dad expected his hired help to be honest, too. One man put rocks in his bag and filled it with cotton. Daddy weighed each bag and paid out according to how many pounds of cotton each person picked since this was how he got paid when he went to sell it at the local cotton gin(as best I can remember). Dad knew right quick something did not add up with this particular bag of cotton. He emptied it out and found the rocks. At the end of the day, he paid the man, but stated he did not need him anymore. He only paid fair wages for a fair day's work. And he meant it!

Those days were special, hot, no air conditioning; floor fans circulated the hot air and ice tea kept us cool as did ice cold water or washing off in the galvanized tub with cool water from the well. The big tub was more like my swimming pool. Mom always cooked enough dinners for all to be well fed. And homemade biscuits were the best! Lots of potatoes, either stewed or mashed with milk and creamy with butter added, oh how she could keep us nourished!

The best thing about our little farm was the love we felt our parents had for each other. Mom's love overflowed to anyone she met. Then my older brothers finished high school and went away to college, 500 miles away. At the same time,I began first grade. And dad started to rent our fields out to his brother-in-law, a larger machined farmer. We missed the family toiling together at times. But we made many trips to visit my brothers. This was the beginning of lots of changes. My brothers, all four, were dad's helpers in the field and in the pulpwood business. He concentrated on hiring two others to help in cutting and hauling pulpwood until I was in high school. It was then he had to go back to public work after all these years. But somehow, he always found work to support his household.

Work ethics, social gatherings such as church and family reunions, and caretaking when one of us became ill; these are the best memories.

My brothers are: Z.D.King, Jr. Donald Ray King Kenneth Nelson King

Larry Olin King, Sr.

My sister is: Donna Marie King Smothers

My name is: Vivian Christine King Lowery Smith

We grew up in Indian Trail, NC near present day Hemby Bridge, NC, located in Union County, NC. Our town seat is Monroe, NC.
Sep 11, 2007 · Reply
Marie Smith
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I am looking for any info on this man he was my greatgrandfather.her are the stories i have.his wifes name on census records is A Mary or Mary there children were that i know of Alonzo,Mary,Dallas ,Joseph.I have read stories that said he had hung some men during the civil war.his occupation was listed as police officer and stage coach driver.any info please contact me at you

Name: Blunt W King ,
Residence: Wayne County, North Carolina
Enlistment Date: 11 September 1863
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
State Served: North Carolina
Unit Numbers: 5
Service Record: Confined at Point Lookout, MD
Enlisted as a Private on 11 September 1863
Enlisted in Company B, 1st Light Artillery Regiment North Carolina on 11 September 1863.
POW on 12 March 1865 at Goldsboro, NC
Took Oath of Allegiance on 28 June 1865
Released on 28 June 1865
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