Charlie King

EGYPT – Charles B. “Charlie” King, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born to James Albert II and Florence Coburn King on Aug. 30, 1932, on the Redbud Plantation near Egypt.

He graduated in 1950 from Okolona High (almost Egypt, it closed the year before), then Mississippi State University in 1954, where he was a member of the AE Fraternity and Air Force ROTC, then meteorology training at Florida State.

He married Elizabeth Nan Hayes, “Betty,” in August 1955, and then was stationed in the Korean War in 1957. From 1958-64, he forecast the weather for experimental NASA rocket launches at Wallops Island, Va. They then moved to Picayune and in May of 1965 had their only child, Charles Albert King.

After his father’s death, they moved back to Egypt in 1966, where he worked as a meteorologist at the Columbus Air Force Base, where he retired to manage the farm fulltime in 1988. Charlie was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Egypt and Okolona. He served as a youth counselor, PPR chairman, treasurer and many other positions. He also served on the Methodist District Board of Laity. Charlie spent much of his time taking care of his family, neighbors and church. Betty passed away in November of 2009, but he continued on with their good works. He loved helping others, putting everyone else before himself, and was a wonderful asset to the Egypt/Okolona area as well as his family.

A service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Okolona First United Methodist Church with the Rev. H.B. Miller officiating, and military honors. Private burial will be at Oddfellows Cemetery in Aberdeen. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to service time at the church only. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Survivors include his son, Albert King and wife, Donna, of Amory; brother-in-law, Bud Brakmann of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Ladye King of Aberdeen and Diane King of Canton; grandchildren, Zak King, Eli King and Charlie B. King, all still at home in Amory; and a host of nieces, nephews and other near relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, David King and Jimmy King, and sister, Sally Brakmann.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be sent to Okolona First United Methodist Church, General Budget, P.O. Box 436, Okolona, MS 38860.

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