Joe Bob King of Haskell, Texas passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. Mr. King was 86. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Willow Cemetery in Haskell, Texas with Rev. Jim McCurley officiating. Visitation is planned for Wednesday evening, July 10 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements were made under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.
Joe Bob was born April 1, 1927 in Sagerton, Texas to Floyd and Juanita (Denson) King. He graduated high school and in 1944 left Texas to serve with the U.S. Navy during WWII. Joe Bob spent his 18th birthday in Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married Linda Jean James on August 11, 1956 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He and Linda remained in Alaska where Joe Bob worked for Rodgers and Babler Construction for 30 years operating heavy equipment. They returned to Haskell in 1984 and Joe Bob became active in the VFW, American Legion, and Lions Club. He is a retired Teamster and member of the First Baptist Church.
Joe Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Juanita; his wife of 44 years, Linda; and a son, Gordon Floyd King.
He is survived by 2 daughters, Kathleen Jo King of Anchorage, Alaska, Shirley Jean Harley and husband Tim of Keller, Texas; his son, Robert Dean King of Killeen, Texas; 4 grandchildren, Erik Williams, Brian Williams, Leanda Harley, and Annette Harley; 2 sisters, Wanda Nelle Brown of Bedford, Texas, and Jane With of Hurst, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
If desired, memorials can be given in Joe Bob’s name to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718.