King, Van

Van Donald King, 83 of Greenville passed away on Jan. 12, 2019. He was born on Dec. 24, 1935 in Emmett to Van and Maudie King. He grew up in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School.
After working in his mom and dad's grocery store, he moved to Dallas and started a long career in the food business, beginning with Tom Thumb grocery stores. From there, he began working at Acord-Bohlander Food Brokerage in 1960 and continued with that line of work until his retirement in January, 2000.
He married Janie Armstrong on March 25, 1960. Their daughter, Dana, was born in 1962.
His happiest times were those spent outdoors, making home improvements and taking care of his yard. He especially loved playing outside with his grandchildren and taking them camping when they were younger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Van Taylor King and special brothers-in-law Kenneth Stone, O.L. Nichols and Don Armstrong.
Van is survived by his wife, Janie, of Greenville; daughter and son-in-law James and Dana Willingham of Greenville; grandson Ashton Willingham of Waco; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Kyle and Courtney Crumpton of Greenville; sister, Dolores Stone of San Antonio; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Maxcine King of Corsicana; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Doug and Francis Armstrong of Celeste; sister-in-law Kay Nichols of Celeste and several special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Hogeye Community Center in Celeste with Kyle Crumpton officiating under the direction Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in his honor to your church or favorite charity.
Arrangements by Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.

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