Born Columbus Jefferson King, called "CJ" by his mother, Jack was one of six children born to Elizabeth and Green King of Moultrie.
Jack was hired as a butcher by Swift and Company - they needed a pitcher for their softball team and Jack had a great fastball. He went on to marry Nell Hooper. Jack worked in the shipyards in Brunswick, not missing a day of work for 2 years to make ½ day pay extra on Sundays.
Enlisting in the NAVY during WWII, Jack was stationed on the USS Vinceants in the Pacific.
Returning to Moultrie after the war, he opened a small full-service gas station and lunch counter with his wife. Jack owned several portable skating rinks. He and is wife won many trophies for dancing on skates in the 1950s. Later, Jack partnered with Monty Carlton and opened Moultrie Meat Packing. Jack was honored to be asked to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture under then-Governor Jimmy Carter. Jack owned Linger Long Billiard Parlor and King's Western Wear.
Jack was a founding member of the Wally Bynum Airstream Club in Georgia and President of the South Georgia Unit. Jack was involved in the Lions Club and served as President of the club in Moultrie.
Jack retired to McDonough, GA when he was 80 to help his granddaughter raise her children. He was Papa to many people and was always witty, loving and generous to his grandchildren.
Jack was a devoted and loving husband. For 13 years, Jack rarely missed a day visiting his wife of 65 years in the nursing home. He was an active member of the McDonough Senior Citizens Group. He enjoyed traveling in his Airstream, ballroom dancing, saltwater fishing, boating, baseball, playing cards, collecting coins and making jewelry. Jack loved life and lived it to its fullest.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Nell, and son, Carl Jack King. He is survived by two sons, Rex (Ann) King of Moultrie and Mike King of Macon; five grandchildren, Molly (Mitch) Jones of Georgetown, SC, Todd (Marnie) King of Johns Creek, John (Pam) King of Dallas, Rexanne (Greg) Yarbrough of Moultrie, Allison (David) Odom of Ashburn; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends.
The family is having a private celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Jack with donations to the Moultrie Lion's Club, P O Box 494, Moultrie, GA 31776
Published on August 12, 2017