Charles C. King, 80, of Stuttgart, Ark., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at his home. He was born June 7, 1939, in Marianna, Ark., to Carlus. and Georgia Ann Riddle King.
Charles graduated from Marianna High School in 1957 and attended Henderson State University where he received his BSE degree in Physical Education and Speech in 1961. He received his MSE in 1966 in Guidance and Counseling and completed post-graduate work in Administration from the University of Arkansas. He met his wife-to-be the first week of her freshman year in college and they were married in 1960 while in college. Charles was a member of Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity at HSU.
He is survived by his loving wife Linda Coit King of almost 59 years, and daughters, Laura King Lopez (Tommy) of Cabot and Sara King Stewart (Tommy) of Humphrey. He was called Papa by his grandchildren, Drew Estes, Tanner Estes, Alyssa Stewart and Jacob Stewart. Charles was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Dylan Tate King; brothers, Robert King, William King and Carl King; and sisters, Anna Mae Devine, Alice Fowler and Juanita Burns.
Charles and Linda began their teaching careers in 1961. He served as an educator for 34 years before retiring in 1995. He served as coach, classroom teacher, counselor and administrator during those years.
Charles served as president of the Arkansas Counselors’ Association, president of the Arkansas County Retired Teachers’ Association, president of the Arkansas Retired Teachers’ Association, Moderator of the ICCM Food Bank, Chaplain of North Arkansas County Gideon’s and Area V Co-Director of ARTA. He was selected as outstanding young man in Stuttgart and outstanding young educator.
He was active in his church serving as Elder, chairman of the Elders and Chairman of the Board. He served on the worship committee, evangelism committee and was a trustee. He loved teaching Sunday school and spent many hours studying his Bible.
In his spare time, he always enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish and garden.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church with burial following in Thompson Cemetery in DeWitt.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Turpin Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church or the donor’s choice.