Voris King

Male 1917 - 1991  (74 years)


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  • Name Voris King 
    Born 20 Jan 1917  Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Jul 1991  San Francisco County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 8 Jul 1991  Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12767  Brown Family
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2017 

    Father Alvin Olin King, Sr,   b. 21 Jun 1890, Leoti, Wichita County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1958, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Willie Lee Voris,   b. 30 Mar 1895, Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1959, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 29 Jan 1916  New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5948  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances Thompson,   b. 21 Jan 1917, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1981  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1935 
    Children 
     1. Charles Stirling King,   b. 23 Mar 1937, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1992, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [natural]
     2. Living
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     4. Living
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F6062  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Funeral services for Voris King, 74, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 8, in St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church.

      Burial with Masonic rites will be in Graceland Cemetery under direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

      Mr. King died Friday, July 5, 1991, in San Francisco.

      A native of Lake Charles, he was the son of the late Gov. and Mrs. Alvin O. King. He was educated in the public schools of Lake Charles and attended the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. He was married to the late Frances Thompson of Chattanooga.

      Mr. King was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, the King family resided in Natchitoches until 1952. He received the Natchitoches Civic Service Award in 1948 and was president of the Natchitoches Jaycees in 1950.

      After moving back to Lake Charles in 1952, Mr. King's business interests included serving as president or a director of Kelly, Weber and Co., Lake Charles Grain & Grocery Co., Lake Charles Feed Co., Little Lake Misere Land Co., King Corporation, First National Bank of Lake Charles, American Bank of Commerce, The Coastal Club Inc., Lake Charles Cemetery Association Ltd. and Kingfish Enterprises Ltd.

      Mr. King was a past master of Rudolph Krause Lodge 433, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and has received the Red Cross of Constantine of the York Rite. He was organizer and first Potentate of Habibi Shrine Temple and was the first director of Court 178 of the Royal Order of Jesters. He served as Imperial Potentate, chief executive officer of the Shrine of North America in 1987-88.

      He was national president of the United Commercial Travelers of America in 1955, national president of the U.S. Wholesale Grocers' Association in 1956, a national director of the USO and state president of the Louisiana Wholesale Grocers' Association.

      Mr. King was appointed by President Nixon as a member of the U.S. Assay Commission and was king of the Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras Krewe in 1962. He has been a member of the state Board of Commerce and Industry, Racing Commission and Cemetery Board. He held positions of leadership in a wide variety of Lake Charles business, church and service organizations covering virtually every facet of civic life.

      He was president of the Calcasieu Area Council of Boy Scouts in 1983 and held the Silver Beaver Award, Distinguished Citizen Award, Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and 60-year Scouting membership pin.

      In 1988, McNeese State University presented him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree and in 1987 inducted him into the University Hall of Honor. He was a past president of the McNeese Hundred Club and was a member of the McNeese Foundation Board.

      Among the honors and awards he received were the National Business Leaders Award from the Religious Heritage of America Inc., Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, American
      Legion Community Affairs Award, U.S. Army Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Salvation Army Distinguished Citizen Award and Association of Commerce Civic Service Award.

      Survivors are three sons, Judge Charles A. King, William V. King and Alvin B. King; one daughter, Virginia King Wick, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

      If they wish, friends may make memorial donations to Shriners' Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children, c/o Habibi Shrine Temple, P.O. Box 112, Lake Charles, Louisiana., 70602, the family said.

      HD: VORIS KING LC civic leader, businessman