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.