Johnny King

Posted: Friday, July 31, 2009

Portales, N.M., resident Johnny King died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at home. He was 77.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Portales Cemetery. Rev. Mike Tucker will officiate. His friends will be honorary pallbeaerers.

Mr. King was born April 22, 1932, in Texola, Okla., to Bertha and Clifford King. He was the second oldest of nine children. He lived his early life in Texola, Okla., where he graduated from high school. For a number of years he worked as a welder in the oil fields of Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. In 1964 he moved to Nikiski where he worked on offshore drilling rigs. In 1987 he moved to Portales, where he did welding during the winters and returned to Alaska to fish each summer for as long as his health would permit.

"Johnny enjoyed hunting, but his passion was fishing. He was very interested in politics and political writings, and was a lifetime member of the NRA," his family said.

He married Eva "Dean" Horton on Oct. 11, 1957, in Portales.

"Johnny was a very generous man, and would literally do anything within his power for anyone," his family said. "He was completely devoted to his family, especially his grandkids."

Mr. King was preceded in death by his wife, on Sept. 24, 1993; parents; brothers, Clarence, Elvoy, D. L. and Gary King; and sister, Ann King.

He is survived by his life partner since 1993, Carol Banks; son, Kendall (Jody) King of Cleveland, Texas; adopted daughter, Darlene (Joe) Bloom of San Antonio; Carol's children, Karla Kahler of Midland, Texas, Jason Wilbanks of Portales, and Justin Banks of Seneca, Kans.; grandchildren, Jennifer King, Karri Hutchings, Jessica King, Bethany Kahler, Josiah Kahler, Judah Kahler, Jacelyn Wilbanks, Lauryn Wilbanks and Emily Wilbanks; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kaiden and Deakin; and brothers, Terry King of Bandera, Texas, R. A. King of Lavaca, Ark., and Ronny King of Fort Smith, Ark.

Arrangements were made by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales.

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