Franklin W. KingJuly 3, 1939 ~ December 23, 2017 (age 78)
Announced with utmost regret and profound sadness, long time resident of Dunnellon, Florida, Franklin Willis King passed away in the arms of his loving wife early morning on December 23, 2017 at the young age of 78. Frank was born in Hilltop, Kentucky on July 3, 1939 to Pearl and Walter King. He grew up in the coal mining town Zeigler, Illinois. He served in the Army and went on to live a very adventurous and exciting life. He accomplished much in his life having owned and operated several successful construction companies in Florida and Texas. However, Frank’s true passion was Dunnellon Bingo. Frank put 110% into everything he did, his life time motto was, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”.
Frank was preceded in death by his Mother and Father and his older sister Mildred King.
He is survived by his wife Pamela J. King. His sons, Mark/Jeannie King of Bridgeport, Texas and their 5 children Wanda, Sharon, Trent, Teela, and Christian. Kevin/Michelle King of Aurora, Missouri and their two sons Brady and Brenden. Andrew King of Citrus Springs, Florida and his 3 children Thomas, Hunter, and Autumn. Michael/Jenna King of Tarpon Springs, Florida and their three children Kiersten, Kayla and Brent. His step children Leah/Jason Holmes of Dunnellon, Florida and their son Dillon. Tina Johnson of Pennsauken, New Jersey and her daughter Marannda. Michael/Anna Minton of Knoxville, Tennessee and their 3 children, Kyle, Katie and Kaylee. Nine Great Grand Children. His brother Kenneth/Carol King of Zeigler, Illinois and their 2 children Walter and Vickie. A nephew, Jeff King. All of whom he loved very much.
Frank King was a well-known and highly respected social entrepreneur for over two decades in and around Dunnellon and the surrounding communities. At one point he was the largest Bingo Hall Operator in the State of Florida. He was extremely good at what he did and took pride in all that he accomplished. He immensely enjoyed running Dunnellon Bingo. Frank was a very generous man and would always help those he thought were trying to help themselves. Throughout his time in Dunnellon he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities yet he never wanted recognition. He was the best boss anyone could ever work for. He greatly admired longtime Volunteer Cindy Hobart for her honesty and dedication to the Bingo Hall. He truly loved life and rarely let life’s small annoyances bother him, saying, “It just doesn’t matter”. He was an excellent fisherman and loved to fish in both fresh and salt water. He enjoyed having a few evening beers at the Moose Lodge or one of the local pubs in town. He was well known for his style of shirts and at 6’5” always stood out in a croud. Frank King was a very knowledgeable man about many different subjects and people would seek out advice from him. He was a proud Republican and liked talking politics. He wholeheartedly loved his wife and always put her needs and desires before his own. He was a very proud father. He loved his sons and would often brag about their many accomplishments. He had a special loving relationship with his step daughter Leah and loved her like his own. He loved to spoil his dog Zoey. He was a private man and although he rarely showed it, he had a soft heart and a lot of empathy. He readily admitted he made some mistakes in his life but he truly was a man of honor with high principles. Frank was a loving husband, a wonderful father, a true friend, a mentor to many, and an excellent business man. Words alone cannot describe how loved and respected he is by so many people. If you had the good fortune of meeting Frank King he made a difference in your life. He will be greatly missed and remembered by so many different people for so many different reasons.