Parker County Today November 2016 - Page 69

nization that two years later Tarrant County elected a Republican as its first Republican state senator. I was the county yard sign chairman for U.S. Rep. George H.W. Bush, our Republican candidate for U.S. senator in 1964.” Upon moving to Parker County in 1984, and primarily to restrict the sale of pornography, King set his sights on a Weatherford council seat, winning it in 1986. He won three consecutive terms. A review of Earl King’s partial resume reveals not only a successful life in business but one dedicated to public and community service. Beginning his public service in 1961with the Fort Worth City Attorney’s office, over the years he also served as associate judge for the Weatherford Municipal Court (twice), on the Weatherford Utility Board, as a Weatherford City Council member, and as Weatherford’s Mayor Pro tem. From 1965 to the present, King has remained engaged with his community, serving as member, offi- cer and director of various clubs and organizations: the East Fort Worth Optimist Club, the Tarrant County Drug Advisory Public Speaking Panel, Parker County Citizens for Public Decency, the Parker County Crime Commission, the Economic Foundation of Parker County, Parker County Citizens for Responsible Government and the Weatherford Rotary Club.  King uses the word “blessed” often, usually to describe the good things or accomplishments in his life. He is unabashedly Christian and has been most of his life. “My father’s family were members of the Church of Christ and my mother’s family were of the Baptist doctrine,” he explained. “Neither of my parents attended church services other than the Christmas programs for free food handouts. As a result of such lifestyle, until I left home at age 12, I knew very little about Christ.” As mentioned earlier in this piece, after leaving home King lived with other Oklahoma farm families while working on their farms. Perhaps the most influential of these was the John Kimble family. The Kimbles were very involved in a small Southern Baptist Church and served as strong witnesses for the young King. “During my first summer living with that wonderful Christian family, during one of the church services I went through the motions of accepting Christ as my savior,” King said. “Thereafter, I induced several of my friends to do likewise. From that time forward, I was always active in some church regardless of where I was living. …” He currently attends North Side Baptist Church. But about his retiring — is he or isn’t he? “I’ve had trouble getting away,” he said frankly. “September 1st was my deadline to do it, and it hasn’t worked so far. I’m trying to wrap up things.” He finished with a wry smile that suggested he was not overly concerned with the self-imposed deadline or for that matter, retirement. All in good time. All in good time. NOVEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY 67