Charles Kenneth King

Charles Kenneth King
January 5, 1934 – April 25, 2019

Charles Kenneth King died peacefully in his sleep on April 25, 2019 in College Station, Texas. He was born January 5, 1934 in Gilmer, Texas to Armon King and Ruby Viola Sells King who preceded him in death.

In his youth, Charles was active in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 1949. He loved hunting, camping, swimming and being outdoors. He graduated from Commerce High School at the age of 16 and enrolled in East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas where he was in ROTC. He graduated with a degree in music in 1954. Charles was a talented musician, playing the piano for the enjoyment of many people over the years.

After college, Charles served as the director of the Talco High School band before being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He was the director of the U.S. Air Force Band at Perrin Air Force Base in Texas before being sent to Japan. He was stationed in Nagoya and Tokyo where he was a military police officer. After his military service, Charles was the director of the Jefferson High School, Timpson High School and Edgewood High School bands. Later, he owned a home painting business in Longview, Texas before retiring.

Charles is survived by his sister, Mary Alyce King, daughters Teresa Todd, Cindy Wilkins and Terry Rowell, and his son Steven Simmons and their families. Also, one nephew, Paul Pate.

Charles will be buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Purley, Texas. Services are in care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Center of Bryan/College Station, Texas.

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  1. We are sorry for your loss. Charles , was such a great person, HE will live on in your memories forever. I was deeply saddened by the news of Charles’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. Words cannot describe the sorrow I felt on finding out about Charles passing. His generous spirit and warmth was clear to everyone who met him. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten , Hoping you find the strength and love in friends and family to face the tough days ahead.

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