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Darrell Charles King
Birth: Aug. 11, 1907
Van Wert County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 2008
Mount Dora
Lake County
Florida, USA

Darrell Charles King was born on a farm in Van Wert County, Ohio, to Frank and Arminta "Minnie" Putman King, descendants of founding families of the county.

In 1918, his parents and he moved to nearby Celina. At the age of fifteen, Darrell joined the Ohio National Guard and served as part of the Honor Guard at the funeral of President Warren G. Harding.

Being an adventurous soul, he and friends hopped box cars and made many cross-country trips to Oregon and Washington. He also survived the devastating hurricane which hit Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1926.

Darrell married classmate Cressence Alfreda Mendenhall in Lexington, Kentucky, on April 22, 1929. They divorced nine years later.

Among several jobs he held as a young man, he was employed as the manager of the Northmoor Golf Course, outside of Celina, and as a manifest clerk for the American Fruit Company, Wanatchee, Washington.

A friend persuaded him to come to Beckley, West Virginia, to join in a photography studio venture they called The Picture Shop. Later, Darrell became a partner in K.T.M. Studios in Charleston, West Virginia.

In Beckley, he found his life-long love, Pauline Monette Compton, whom he married on January 26, 1940, in Wytheville, Virginia.

He entered military service on March 11, 1944, at Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, and then attended Military Police training at Ft. Custer, Michigan. Eventually, he became part of the Signal Corps and was sent to Army Pictorial Service, Astoria, Long Island, New York, where he became engaged in the production of screen magazines and "Moral and Orientation" films.

After the war, he opened King Photo Supply Company, a Beckley fixture for 42 years.

Darrell and Pauline were charter members of Flat Top Lake Association, Ghent, West Virginia, and also had a home in Leesburg, Florida. He became a citrus grower and the developer of Picciola Harbors and King's Cove in Lake County.

Over the years, he and Pauline traveled extensively to Europe, Asia, Australia and Central America.

In addition to his parents, Darrell was preceeded in death by two brothers, Willis King and Earl Leonard King and two sisters, Leona King and Audria Olive King Creeden. He and Pauline had two daughters, Judith Marie Llamas (Raul) of Mt. Dora, and Kaye Louise Callaway (Stephen) of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Katherine Louise Llamas Finley (David), Darrell Charles Llamas, Hunter Sanders (Lisa)and Triston Vaughan Sanders Notte (Christian); and great grandchildren, Alexandra Katherine Finley and Brandon David Finley.

A funeral service was held was held at 9:00 a.m. on August 6th at the Allen J. Harden Funeral Home with Chaplain Alan K. Jones officiating. Interment followed at Pine Forest Cemetery in Mt. Dora. Pallbearers were Raul Llamas, Stephen Callaway, Hunter Sanders, Darrell Llamas, David Finley, Christian Notte, and Brandon Finley. 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank King (1865 - 1951)
  Arminta Putman King (1866 - 1938)
 
 Spouses:
  Cressence Alfreda Mendenhall Slemmer (1907 - 1973)
  Pauline Monette Compton King (1917 - 2012)*
 
 Siblings:
  Leona King (1887 - 1889)*
  Willis King (1889 - 1984)*
  Earl Leonard King (1894 - 1981)*
  Audria Olive King Creeden (1899 - 1989)*
  Darrell Charles King (1907 - 2008)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pine Forest Cemetery
Mount Dora
Lake County
Florida, USA
Plot: Sec. B, Lot 46, #1
 
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Aug 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28833310
Darrell Charles King
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Darrell Charles King
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Darrell Charles King
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Grandpa - you are one of the handful of greatest men I have ever known and have left wonderful and lasting memories for our family. You are an inspiration to me and the only real grandpa I have ever known. You are missed and in our hearts - Happy Birthd...(Read more)
- David Finley
 Added: Aug. 11, 2014
I still remember all the fond memories i've had with you and you have been such a mentor in my life! The idea of visiting you every day after school in Florida made me smile and others too. I will never forget the moments with you, everyone along with me ...(Read more)
- Brandon Finley
 Added: Aug. 11, 2014
Dear Great Grandpa King,Words can't describe how much I miss you. I still remember how much joy and happiness that you brought to those around you. Keep smiling down from heaven and know that you are greatly missed. I love you so much! :)
- Alexandra Finley
 Added: Aug. 11, 2014
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