Zeno P. ‘Buddy’ King

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Zeno P. “Buddy” King, 94, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at his home in Corsicana, with his family by his side.

He was born in Mexia, on Jan. 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 U.S. 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.

In 1939, Buddy married his high school sweetheart, Anita Massey, with whom he celebrated their 61st anniversary on Aug. 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, Stephen P. King and wife Ann, of Rowlett, and Lindsay G. King and wife Shannon, of Corsicana; grandchildren Chris King, Justin King, Carren King Price, Kyle King, Kelly King Brown and Kurt King; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Church services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, at 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, Oct. 12, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Teague, 420 Walnut, Teague, TX 75860; telephone 254-739-2095.

Visit blair-stubbs.com to leave the family a memorial message.