September 14, 1918 - December 11, 2013 EAKLY Floyd L. King was born September 14, 1918, to Claborn and Julia (Jantz) King south of Oakdale Church. He passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK at the age of 95. Floyd graduated from Eakly High School in 1938. He was united in marriage to Lola Richardson May 30, 1941, in Anadarko, OK. Floyd served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He went to Officers Candidate School. While in the service, Floyd served in Europe, landing at Omaha Beach, and was one of the first units to see action at the Battle of the Bulge, while at Bastogne, where he received a Bronze Star. Floyd was in charge of the POW Camp in Luxemburg, headquartering at the Italian Embassy. After being discharged as a Major, Floyd moved back to the Eakly area and helped organize the 358th Battery Field Artillery in Anadarko. Floyd bought a farm south of Eakly and engaged in farming. He studied and researched the aquifers and drilling of water wells and started King's Irrigation Service. Floyd was instrumental in drilling the first water wells in Caddo County. Floyd worked with Oklahoma State University in developing crops and chemical testing for the peanut and agriculture industry. He was President of Southwest Peanut Growers Association, President of the Oklahoma Peanut Growers Association, consultant for the PCCA, on the National Peanut Board of Directors, on the Anadarko Bank and Trust Board of Directors, served on the Board of Director for Gold Kist in Atlanta, GA, and lobbied and testified before Congress for the Farm Bill. Floyd was saved as a young boy while milking cows; he was a member of the Oakdale Missionary Baptist Church, where he served in many capacities, including Sunday School Teacher and Song Leader. He was Chairman of the Board for Cedar Hills Baptist Youth Camp for many years and was a very proud to help raise funds for the WWII Memorial. Floyd's passion was serving the Lord through song. He and his brothers, Ted, Eugene, and Warren, had a Men's Quartet with Wilda Jean playing the piano, and sang on very many occasions, including at church, for funerals, and would sing on Saturdays on the Clinton Radio. Floyd was a pioneer in Western Oklahoma in Farming and Business. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Claborn and Julia King; wife, Lola King; son, Clifford King; grandchildren, Elijah and Josie King; seven brothers and five sisters. He is survived by his children, Robert D. King and his wife Ann, Don L. King, Lonnie King and his wife Sharon, all of Eakly; Lu Anne Tune and her husband John, of Norman; and Gary King and his wife Lisa, of Binger; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Cedar Hills Baptist Youth Camp, Binger, OK. Services: Oakdale Missionary Baptist Church, 2 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013, Lookeba, OK. Officiating: The Rev. Buck Nicholson, the Rev. Paul Taylor, and the Rev. Guy Walker. Burial: Eakly Cemetery, Eakly, OK, entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family at turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com or turnerfh.net

Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 15, 2013