L. B. King, Jr., 87, of Amarillo died Friday, June 21, 2013 in Amarillo.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Llano Cemetery with the Rev. Joseph Myers officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home, 2800 South Osage.
Mr. King was born in Amarillo, Texas on December 16, 1925 to Lawrence B. King and Martha Jane (Trayler) King. He attended school through the 9th grade and served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in the Solomon Islands where he received the Victory Medal.
After his service, he returned to Amarillo where he worked in the meat department of many grocery stores all over Amarillo before opening his own stores, King’s Choice Meats. In the later 1960s, he converted his business to King’s Drive Inn where he made hamburgers and BBQ in Canyon and in Amarillo on 27th Street, on Grand Street, in the Eastridge Shopping Center, and later at the Mrs. Burger on NE 15th and North Mirror. In the 1970s, King’s Drive Inn became a popular arcade with pool tables, pinball machines, and some of the first video games in Amarillo. He also raised parakeets and finches. In his later years, worked at Cowan’s Pipe and Tobacco until his retirement in 2009.
Among the things Mr. King enjoyed were animals of all kinds and children, discussing the news especially politics, playing blackjack, sharing Amarillo history, working, listening to bluegrass music and attending his church of 45 years, Gospel Chapel. He was known for helping those in need and for his sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his sisters: Anna Mae Edwards, Martha Lee Byers, and Wanda Palmer and by a brother, Richard D. King.
Survivors include his daughters, Brenda King of Las Vegas, NV, Sherrie King of Las Vegas, NV, Terry King of Amarillo and his sons, Larry King and wife, Becky, of Enid, OK, Garry King of Boulder City, NV, and Barry King and wife, Cheryl, of Kingsland, TX, numerous grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren, four former wives, and many friends including Catherine Hulen of Amarillo, his girlfriend, Doris Laney of Dalhart, and two spoiled cats.
The family wishes to express unending gratitude to the amazing staff of Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home for the kind and loving care given to Mr. King in his final year.
The family suggests memorials be to a charity of your choice.