Zeno P. "Buddy" King, 94, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 at his home in Corsicana with his family by his side. He was born in Mexia, Texas on January 16, 1919 to Zeno P. King and Frances Gibbs King. He grew up in Mexia and finished high school, a member of the Class of 1936. Buddy's college training at Southern Methodist University was interrupted by four years in the US Army, where he served as Chief Warrant Officer and Band Master of the 83rd Infantry Division, participating in five European Theatre Campaigns. After returning to SMU, he received his degree in music and served for three years as Associate Director of the SMU Mustang Band. Buddy married his high school sweetheart, Anita Massey in 1939, with whom he celebrated their 61st anniversary on August 19, 2000. In 1949, he entered the life insurance business in Dallas and retired, in 1969, as Vice President and Agency Director of the Universal Life Accident Insurance Company. In late 1969, he purchased H & W Sales Company, a wholesale agriculture supply and accessory business. He retired as chairman of the board in 1992. Buddy was a longtime active member of the Masonic Lodge, having served as Worshipful Master and been awarded his 60 year service pin. He was preceded in death by his wife Anita M. King; his parents; sister, Frances Elaine King Carson; and by a granddaughter, Holly King Bennett. Buddy is survived by three sons, David M. King and wife, Carol of Jefferson, TX, Stephen P. King and wife, Ann of Rowlett, TX and Lindsay G. King and wife, Shannon of Corsicana, TX; grandchildren, Chris King, Justin King, Carren King Price, Kyle King, Kelly King Brown and Kurt King; and 15 great-grandchildren. Church services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Teague with Pastor Alan Neil Van Hooser officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow in the Mexia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 4-6 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia. Pallbearers will be Kyle King, Kurt King, Preston Price, Doug Price, Blaine Brown and Michael Butler. Honorary pallbearers will be the Cotton Gin Masonic Lodge members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Teague, 420 Walnut, Teague, TX 75860, PH: 254-739-2095.
Saturday, October 12th, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
Sunday, October 13th, 2013 2:00pm, First United Methodist Church-Teague