Thomas Herbert King, Sr. 85, of Campbell, a loving father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather passed away Aug. 2, 2013 at his home.
He was born Nov. 15, 1927 at Lebanon, Mo., to Mark and Margaret King. He was married to Frances O. King on July 25, 1948 at Durant, Okla..
Following the wedding, the Kings moved to Greenville where they lived until 1961 before moving to their current residence in Campbell.
He was raised in Lebanon, Mo. and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1945. He joined the United States Maritime Service (USMS), a branch of the Department of Transportation.
He served with the USMS for three years prior to being discharged. His tour with the USMS took him to China and numerous other places in the Pacific Rim. He shared many of his experiences with his family.
Soon after his discharge, he came to Dallas and began driving for Merrell Trucking Company. On one of his trips through Dallas, he was introduced to Frances King, the love of his life.
After their marriage, he worked at TEMCO and Ward Manufacturing Company in Greenville.
After several years, he became a full-time TEMCO employee, later E-Systems. For more than three decades, he worked for TEMCO, E-Systems and Raytheon as an Aircraft Assembler.
He retired in 1998 from Raytheon and enjoyed a life of leisure with his wife and family. During his retirement years, Herb, as his friends called him, was involved refurbishing cars for resale and for his grandchildren. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is preceded in death by his parents Mark and Margaret King, wife, Frances O. King; son, Jim Lytle Barrow, son, Hubert King and grandsons Steven and Rodney King.
He is survived by his brother, Maurice King of Kansas City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Peggy Reagan of Floyd, Texas, sister-in-law, Nita Smiley of Greenville; sister-in-law, Leo Perkins and husband Gene of Farmers Branch and son-in-law, Curtis Petty and wife Lucretia of Lewisville.
He is also survived by his daughter, Nomie Potter and husband Bob of Greenville; son Frank Barrow and wife Lisa of Arlington, son, Sam Barrow and wife Charlotte of Campbell; daughter, LaVonne Chaffin and husband Phillip of Campbell; son, Herbert King, Jr. and wife Linda of Campbell; daughter, Sharon Jaresh and late husband Marvin of Pottsboro; son, Mark King of Campbell; son Kenny King and wife Brenda of Mineola; daughter Tanya Strickland and husband Raymond of Campbell and an adopted daughter, Betty Wagner of Ennis; 23 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
“God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So, He put his arms around you, and whispered, ‘Come with me.’ A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove, He only takes the best. God has you in His keeping; we have you in our hearts. Your memory is our keepsake, and with that we’ll never part.” — From Your Loving Children
Funeral service will be Monday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Lynch Funeral Service chapel at 4238 Highway 34 South in Greenville (Cash area). Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.