OPAL CARTER KING, 96, went home to be with her Savior
on December 23, 2010. Burial was at the Evergreen
Cemetery in Ranger.
Opal was born October 6, 1914, in Morton Valley, TX,
to J.W. and Pamela Gilbreath Carter. Opal was the
last living sibling of eleven children born to J.W.
and Pamela. She married F.R. “Johny” King on Oct. 7,
1933. She was the owner of King Insurance Agency in
Ranger, Texas for a number of years. She and her
husband were active members of the First Baptist
Church of Ranger and loved their church family. In
1933, when the Ranger Swimming Pool first opened,
Opal was crowned Miss Ranger. She served as President
of the Ranger Chamber of Commerce from 1982 to 1983.
During that time she was able to obtain the train
depot from the railroad for Ranger. She was also
instrumental in the locating of Love’s Truck Stop
in Ranger and for the King Manor Apartments in
Ranger. Opal was very active in Ranger community
affairs, including serving on many committees and
the Ranger College Board of Regents. She was a
precious Christian mother, grandmother, great-grand-
mother, and great-great-grandmother and was loved
dearly by all. She will be missed more than words
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband
F.R. “Johny” King and 10 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include daughter Sherry King Warren (RHS-
1955) and husband Richard Cox of Lake Leon, TX and
son Johny Bob King (RHS-1962) of Mineral Wells, TX;
grandchildren, Sueann Warren Porter of Indian Harbour
Beach, FL, Phillip Warren of Gatesville, TX, Bridgett
King Smith and husband Thom of Aledo, TX, Paula King
Pate and husband Jody of Early, TX; great-grand-
children, Jarrid Porter and wife Rainey of Eastland,
TX, Reid Smith and Payton Smith of Aledo, TX; great-
great-grandchildren, Hailey and Jakob Porter of
Eastland, TX, numerous nieces and nephews, and
even more friends, including Sara Neal, her hair
stylist of over 40 years.
HUSBAND: F.R. "JOHNY" KING of Ranger died Jan. 21,
1994 with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX.
Mr. King was born Jan. 3, 1902 in Santa Anna, TX,
to R.O. & Lillie Brown King. He attended school in
Santa Anna. He came to Ranger at the age of 17 as a
clerk for the T&P Railroad. He issued the tickets to
the first two passengers at the Ranger Station. He
went to work in 1921 for Lone Star Gas Company were
he worked for 44 years. He also had ranching interests.
He married Opal Carter (RHS-1933) in October of 1933
in Ranger. Opal had just graduated from Ranger High
School in May. He was a member of the First Baptist
Church for 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother
Brownie King (RHS-1922), and two sisters, Olene
King Hittson and Mary King Brinkley.
He is survived by his wife, Opal King, a son Johny
Bob (RHS-1962) and a daughter, Sherry King Warren
(RHS-1955); four grandchildren and a great-grandson.