B.H. "BROWNIE" KING, 87, of Lake Leon, died Oct. 23,
1993, after a boating accident. Burial was in the
Eastland City Cemetery in Eastland, TX.
Mr. King was born June 15, 1906, in Santa Anna, TX.
He moved to Ranger, TX in 1918 where he attended
school. He worked for Western Union Telegraph, Lone
Star Gas and later he & his wife opened King's Cafe
in Ranger, which they operated until 1961. He moved
to Odessa where he worked for Ref-Chem until 1963
when he moved to Lake Leon & worked for G.Q. Salmon
as a pumper until he retired in 1989.
He was a member of the Mesquite and Rusk Street Church
of Christ in Ranger. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Ila Jean Rayford King, in Dec. of 1975 and by
two sisters, Mary King Brinkley and Olene King Hittson.
Survivors at the time of his death include two daughters,
Mrs. Clemie Strong, and Mrs. Kay Tibbels (RHS-1958), both
of Ranger. A son, B.H. King of Odessa; four brothers, F.R.
King of Ranger, R.O. King of Houston, Bob King of Green-
ville, SC, and Herb King of Dallas; 8 grandchildren; and
Mr. King was an avid fisherman. He always said he felt
closer to God while out on the lake fishing than anywhere
else he had ever been. He was trying to get a grappling
hook loose after it got caught on some brush when he was
pulled from his boat.
This poem was read at his service.
God; grant that I may live to fish
until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast
I then most humbly pray.
When in the Lord's safe landing net
I'm peacefully asleep,
That in His mercy I be judged
As big enough to keep.
King Family (photo taken Dec. 25, 1941)
(L-R): Robert Burrow "Bob" King; Herbert "Herb" King; R.O. King;
R.O. King, Sr.; Lillie Brown King; Lillie Olene "Olene" King
Hittson; B.H. "Brownie" King; F.R. "Johny" King; and Mary Grace
King Parks Brinkley.