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 Darrell Charles King

Darrell Charles King

Van Wert County, Ohio, USA
Death 4 Aug 2008 (aged 100)
Mount Dora, Lake County, Florida, USA
Burial Mount Dora, Lake County, Florida, USA
Plot Sec. B, Lot 46, #1
Memorial ID 28833310 · View Source
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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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  • Created by: Judy Llamas
  • Added: 7 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28833310
  • Judy Llamas
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Darrell Charles King (11 Aug 1907–4 Aug 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28833310, citing Pine Forest Cemetery, Mount Dora, Lake County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Judy Llamas (contributor 46854247) .