Diane and I are both from the southwestern Jefferson County community of Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP), Kentucky where we met while attending PRP High School. Married in 1968, we celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary in 2021. We currently reside in Shelbyville, Shelby Co., KY and have two children and four grandchildren.
Both of us are retired educators. Diane was a church preschool/kindergarten director for 17 years and prior to that was a daycare director. Though the years have been busy ones for her, she has always managed to find the time to be a wonderful Christian wife, mother and grandmother. The nicknames that our grandchildren have given us are "Mo Mo" and "Po Po", usually shortened to "Mo" and "Po".
Growing up in Jefferson County (Garvin Place (Lou.), Wilshire Ave.(Riverside Gardens), Ralph Ave. (Lou.) and Greenwood Rd (PRP ), I was truly blessed to have wonderful, Godly parents, Mitchell R. King and Dorothy Boyles King. They were strict, yet loving. They took my siblings and myself to church "every time the doors were open". Both were active in church activities with my dad being a deacon as well as a Sunday School Superintendent & teacher at various times. Mom and I sang in the church choir and my sister, Cheryl, played the church piano.
Schooling was also a point of emphasis while growing up. My siblings and I were expected to attend school every day unless "deathly ill", to behave ourselves in the classroom and to do as well as we could in our studies. If we stayed home sick (seldom) we had to stay in bed all day.
I attended the old Cane Run Ele. School (grades 1-4), Alice Waller Ele. School (new school, 2nd half of 1st grade) and Greenwood Rd Ele. School (new school, grades 5-6). I was blessed with caring teachers who had high expectations in academics and behavior.
As mentioned earlier, I attended PRP High School in Pleasure
Ridge Park. After graduating in 1965, I attended Lees Junior College in Jackson, KY for one year. I then transferred to Kentucky Southern College (KSC) in Louisville, KY, where I graduated in 1969 receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree that included Kentucky Teacher Certification.
At both schools I was fortunate to be a scholarship member of the basketball team. I was truly blessed to have my college education paid for while being provided with the opportunity to play a game that I loved and would later coach.
The junior high school, high school and college basketball coaches that I had for ten years (1959-69) were Gary Young (PRP JH), Bill Waddell (PRP HS), Gary Schaffer (PRP HS), Edgar Raleigh (Lees JC) and Gippy Graham (KSC). They had a profound effect upon my educational career and I will always be thankful to each of them. I am also thankful for the teammates I had during that time, years that passed by all too quickly.
Gary Young, 4 years my senior, also played baseball and basketball at PRP. He was the first "older player" that I admired. Gary was my coach in both basketball and baseball (Optimist Leagues) in the 7th and 8th grades. Coach Waddell (HS freshman) gave me some much needed basketball encouragement and the opportunity to be on the team during my first year in high school. I had failed to make the school's 7th and 8th grade teams and I must say, rightfully so.
Coach Schaffer (PRP JV & Varsity) also gave me needed encouragement and showed unwavering faith in me during the three years (grades 10-12) that I played for him at PRP. I went from probably being the worse player on the freshman team to leading the varsity team in scoring and rebounding my senior year. At the end of my senior season I was named the team's MVP. Again, Coach Schaffer played a great part in my athletic development.
Coach Raleigh offered me a basketball scholarship at Lees Junior College and the chance to play my college ball in Kentucky, something for which I will always be grateful. He is now in his late 80s and we remain friends. Coach Graham was like a second father to me (strict yet caring) during my three years at Ky Southern (KSC). After coaching he became a KY state legislator and later the Mayor of Frankfort, his hometown. He is now 92! We remain good friends and meet several times a year for lunch in Frankfort with other former teammates.
I am also thankful for the outstanding teammates that I had during my high school and college years. Unfortunately, I have lost contact with many of them and several of them have passed on. However, as mentioned earlier, I still have the opportunity to meet with some of my former coaches & teammates several times a year.
Most of my graduate study was done at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, the school from which I earned my Masters Degree (MS), later my Rank I and administration certification. I also attended graduate classes at Western Kentucky University and Georgetown College, obtaining certification in both counseling and as a Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP).
Following graduation from college I was privileged to serve 40 years as a teacher and administrator in the public school system, 36 of those years in the Anderson County Schools in Lawrenceburg, KY. During that 40 year period I had the opportunity to work with many wonderful fellow educators and many thousands of students.
My career in education started at Butler High School in Louisville, KY as a special education teacher. I was also an assistant basketball coach for three years at Butler working with head coach, Lonnie Willoughby. During that three year period he had some excellent teams. Lonnie was not only my basketball coaching mentor but was also a good friend.
At age 25, Diane and I moved to Charleston, SC where I was an assistant basketball coach at Charleston Southern University. It took only one year to realize that I did not like being on the road most of the time (scouting and recruiting) while also coaching the freshman/JV team and assisting with the varsity at Charleston. That experience was definitely beneficial in many ways. Most of all, it helped me realize that I was an incurable homebody and that Diane and I both missed our home state of Kentucky.
At age 26, I returned to Kentucky, accepting the head coaching position for boys basketball at Anderson Co. High School (ACHS) in Lawrenceburg. There I taught Health and Physical Education. To everyone's surprise, including my own, we won both the district and regional basketball tournaments that first year, representing the 8th Region in the KY State Tournament.
The next year, at age 27, I became an assistant principal at ACHS while still coaching a basketball team that ranked in the top 15 most of the season. Being an ass't. principal, teaching four classes, attending graduate school and coaching basketball made for a very busy year! At age 28, I gave up my head coaching position and accepted the position as head principal at ACHS.
After four years as the high school principal I requested that I be moved to the open principal's position at Anderson Middle School, a position that I would hold for 12 years. I then moved to the Board of Education as Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP) for 14 years, working for Ronald Sonny Fentress, one of the all-time great school superintendents in the state of Kentucky and I might add, another good friend. During that time I started coaching again, helping a former player, assisting with the girls basketball program at both the middle school and the high school (FR, JV and Varsity).
After retiring in 2005 at age 58, I worked part-time in the Anderson School System as a substitute teacher, primarily at the high school and the alternative school. I filled in as DPP for Anderson County twice, for a full year and also one spring). I also did the job a full year in the Woodford Co. School System in Versailles, KY.
Though officially retired I continued to coach basketball, helping ACHS's highly successful head coach, Tony Kays, with the girls HS basketball team. We were blessed to win 20+ games (34-2 one year!) eight years in a row and make it to the State Tournament several times. When Tony gave up coaching in 2014, I did likewise.
That pretty much concludes all you "never' wanted to known about my life on this earth, a life that has been truly blessed.
Diane (my # 1 supporter) and I are now nearly75 years of age. Although we are blessed with good health, we realize that our time on this earth is running out. Someday soon we will be moving on to Heaven to be with Jesus and God forever. My question to you is this: Where will you be spending eternity?
One of our hobbies is the history/genealogy of our families. Consequently, most of the memorials we have created and/or maintain on Find-a-Grave are family. We are always glad to get corrections and/or additional information in regard to the members of our families who came before us.