Charles Huston 'King' Kingsolver, 98, of Braddock Heights, MD died peacefully on June 23, 2013, in Mount Pleasant SC.|
Born on August 31, 1914, in Peru, NE, he was the son of the late Charles Grant and Carrie Ann Huston Kingsolver. King was the husband of the late Margaret Yavorsky Kingsolver of Belle Plaine IA, who died in 1988.
King and his family lived in Frederick and Braddock Heights, MD for more than 45 years. He graduated from Peru State College, and received his PhD in Plant Pathology from Iowa State in 1942. King served as a Naval Officer in World War II, and served in the Army Reserve for many years. During his career he worked for the US Department of the Army and the US Department of Agriculture, and was Director of Crop Protection Services at Fort Detrick MD. He retired in 1979.
King is predeceased by one daughter, Carolyn Kingsolver Purvis (Snowmass, CO), and by his siblings, Richard Kingsolver (Casper, WY) and Harriett Anne Goshorn (Neilly, NE).
He is survived by three of his children, John Kingsolver (Tucson, AZ), Joel Kingsolver (Chapel Hill, NC) and Cynthia Kingsolver Gittinger (Mount Pleasant, SC); by his six grandchildren, Kelly Purvis, George Gittinger, Megan Gittinger Seifert, Sara Kingsolver, Spencer Purvis and Dylan Kingsolver, and many nieces and nephews; and by his caregiver Tashia Montgomery.
We will miss his love, his inner strength, his thoughtful and quiet manner, and his keen and dry sense of humor – a true gentleman.
The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m., Friday, July 5, at Keeney & Basford Funeral Home in Frederick MD. Funeral
services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday July 6, at Keeney & Basford Funeral Home, internment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery beside his beloved wife Margaret. The Reverend Stephen Gosnell from St. John's the Evangelist Catholic Church will preside.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's the Evangelist Catholic Church, 112 E 2nd Street, Frederick, MD 21701.
Please visit Dr. Kingsolver's online memorial by going to keeneybasford.com.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on July 2, 2013