Billy Frank King, 87 of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Warren, died on January 14, 2015 at Dallas.
He was born on September 29, 1927 at Warren and was the son of the late G. H. “Red” King and Euda Singer King.
Mr. King was the 1945 valedictorian of Warren High School and captain of the Warren Lumberjack football team. In 1946, he joined the United States Army in post war occupation forces of Japan attaining the rank of sergeant. A graduate of Ouachita in 1950 with a BS in math and physics, Mr. King was a big fan of the Ouachita Tigers football team. When Ouachita played Texas A&M-Commerce a few years ago in Commerce, Texas, Mr. King was proud in the stadium in his wheelchair cheering for his Tigers.
He was called up from the Army reserve for the Korean War and was discharged in August 1951. In 1951-1952, Mr. King taught math at Crossett and coached the Crossett High School football team. He joined Western Geophysical Company as a geophysicist in 1952. In 1954, he moved to Port Arthur, Texas and married his late wife Mamie Wilson King. In 1958, Mr. King ran the seismograph crew that discovered the world’s largest oil field in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Iran. This was the start of significant worldwide business travel he would undertake throughout his life, visiting places such as Punta Arenas, Chile, Perth, Australia, and Algeria. In 1960, he moved to Houston, Texas where he took a position as sales manager for Kendall Corporation in the Polyken Pipeline Coating Division. In 1969, he moved to Austin, Texas where he was vice president and general manager of Cupples Coiled Pipe Company. In 1976, Mr. King returned to Houston where he was vice president of sales for Gulf States Asphalt Co. In 1992 until 2002, he helped found and operate the Cleveland Asphalt Products Co and remained with them until his retirement in 2002.
Mr. King is survived a son, Jim King and his wife Terry of Dallas; a daughter, Donna Garrett and husband Bruce of Coppell, Texas; a sister, Mary Barrett of Warren; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. King was loved and admired by those who knew him and will be missed by many. Graveside services will be held on January 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Warren with Rev. Russell Rhoden officiating. Pallbearers are Gerald Burton, Buddy McCaskill, Ralph Coston, Roger George, Larry Zeno, Eddie O’Neal and Lynn Zeno.