Albert Eugene “Gene” King, 96, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2023 in Fayetteville. He was born July 26, 1927 in Springdale, AR to William Albert and Maggie Jane Reed King.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 66 years, Gloria Ann Lux King; and two sisters, Nellie Catherine Dillahunty and Doris Southerland.
Gene was a U.S. Army veteran (retired) having served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. After his military career, he moved back to Arkansas and received his undergraduate degree in teaching and coaching at the University of Arkansas. He was a positive influence on many students’ lives from Huntsville, Winslow, Decatur, Mayflower, and Elkins. Gene also coached various sports in Texas, Oklahoma and Germany.
He is survived by three sons, Craig King of Portland, OR, Dennis King of Fayetteville, and Barry King of Elkins; a sister, Margaret Smith; caregiver for 23 years, Reyna Maloy; 2 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 PM Sunday, November 5, 2023 at Beard’s Chapel.
Funeral services will be 12:30 PM Monday, November 6, 2023 at Beard’s Chapel with the Rev. Perry Hall officiating. Interment will follow in the Fayetteville National Cemetery with military honors.