Larry D. King
Larry D. King
July 29, 1947 - October 7, 2018
Larry Duggins King, age 71, of Wichita Falls, Texas went home to be with his Lord & Savior on October 7, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Larry was a man of strong faith who loved greatly and was loved even more in return. He was generous with everything he was blessed with and happily shared with family, friends and astonished strangers. In a quiet but bold way, he shared his faith with anyone whom he felt led to about salvation, grace and the love of Jesus Christ. Larry was Junior Warden of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and served on the Vestry. Larry served on the Board of Young Life Ministry 1981-1991.
He was a “fisher of men” but also quite the fisherman. A former Texas State Record holder who caught a 31 lb Freshwater Drum in Lake Arrowhead in 1978. Larry’s fishing stories always kept everyone mesmerized and laughing while remaining mostly true. He was both a mountain man and a beach bum; be it lures or flies, he always found a way to coax the fish from the water. His love of all things out-of-doors led him to say recently that he wanted to be remembered as simply an “Outdoorsman”. So much so, that he penned the Outdoor Report briefly in the Times Record News in 1980. He achieved the status of scratch golfer, was runner-up in the Texas Oklahoma Senior Championship and in the 1990s, he braved the Wichita Falls weather for 365 consecutive days on the golf course. His professional career covered a myriad of interests: oil and gas, real estate, retail, auto trading, and Lunn’s Funeral Home. But mostly, when asked, he would say “I’m between jobs.” Included among Larry’s enthusiasms were daily visits to pawn shops, various brokerage firms, American National Bank and, as a semi-reformed gambler, casinos...within driving distance.
Larry was born July 29, 1947 in Wichita Falls, Texas to the late Dorothy Duggins & Alfred “Rufus” King. As a third generation Wichitan, he attended Alamo Elementary, Ben Franklin and Zundy Junior High, where he received the coveted honor of the “Key to Zundy.” He graduated in the 1965 Class of Wichita Falls High School. As a boxer in high school, he won the Golden Gloves Novice Welterweight division. He later attended Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas on a golf scholarship.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Rufus King, mother, Dorothy Duggins King; sister Carol King Schweitzer; brother, Rufus Alfred “Al” King, son-in-law, Hoyt Vernon Steed, Jr., niece Elizabeth Paige Womble and his beloved childhood nurturers JB Howell and Vada Hammon.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 51 years, Dee Womble King, whom he loved with all of his heart. Larry met Dee while in high school. They married in Las Vegas, NV on January 21, 1967 and raised both of their children in Wichita Falls. He is also survived by daughter Courtney King Waggoner and son-in-law Todd of Wichita Falls; and son Larry Duggins “Dugg” King, Jr. and Solange Dantiacq of Demarest, New Jersey and by his grandchildren Andrew Vernon Steed Waggoner, Richard King Waggoner, Lily Jane Waggoner, Izabella Malaurie King and Charles McCoy King; his beloved in-laws John Schweitzer, Mark Womble and wife JoAnn, Craig Womble, Rodd Womble and wife, Kim. Nieces and nephews Al, Kara, Lyle, Lane, Laura, John, Maddox, Rex, Morgan and countless others he considered friends.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 12, at Grace Church, 5412 Stone Lake Drive, Wichita Falls with Pastor Reggie Coe officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Larry would want you to give your heart to Jesus.
The family would like to thank the many Staff members and Volunteers of Hospice Wichita Falls, Home Care and Patient Center for their countless hours of dedication and care.
Memorials may be made to Grace Church, Hospice of Wichita Falls and Young Life Wichita Falls.