James V. King took his final flight on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. He was born in Dallas TX on Nov. 3, 1943 to Vance Veon King and Frances Danna King. A celebration of his life will be held on Sat., Aug. 13, beginning with a memorial ride from Independence Harley-Davidson in College Station to Yankee’s Tavern in Carlos. The ride will depart at 11:00 a.m. Later that same evening, a memorial party will take place at The Cowboy, 2820 Finfeather Rd. in Bryan at 8:00 p.m. His friends are invited to join us as we remember and celebrate the larger-than-life spirit that was James King.
James joined the Navy at the age of 17 and served 3 tours in Vietnam. In 1969, he was invited to become a member of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s elite precision flight team. JV was invited back for 2 additional tours, making him, at the time, the first and only member to serve 3 tours with the Blue Angels. He retired from the Navy in 1980.
Following his military service, James’ gregarious personality served him well as he developed his career in sales, rising to eventually become National Sales Manager and Vice President of the LuBest Division of Momar Incorporated. His work took him to Georgia, Arizona and California before he finally returned to his Texas roots. He moved to College Station in 1994, and shortly thereafter started his own company, Discount Industrial Supply.
James King never met a stranger and had a heart much bigger than the state of Texas. Rich in friends, James would gladly give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. One of his favorite activities was the annual local Harley-Davidson Toy Run held every Christmas. Nothing made him happier than seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they saw (and heard!) the roar of the motorcycles and the toys that were delivered. He had a passion for riding, and he loved the camaraderie of his fellow riders. He loved his country, and he loved his family.
James is survived by his son, James Brian King and wife, Randi, as well as his son Jack Wilson and wife, Amy, and daughter Fran Spaulding and her husband, Loren. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amber, Keira and Garrett Wilson, and Nicholas and Emily Spaulding. He was eagerly anticipating the birth of Kyleigh Annette King in November. He is also survived by his brother, Ed King and wife, Missy of College Station, and the mother of his children, Shirley King, of Atlanta.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!” – Anonymous