James D. King, Sr.
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After a period of declining health, James Darrell "Jim" King, Sr. died at hishome in Greenville Monday, February 4, 2013.
Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Esther Crump King; his two children and their spouses, James Darrell King, Jr. "Jamey" and Amy Wilson King; Martha Ellen King "Marty" Chapman and Joseph Mark Chapman:four grandchildren: Virginia Lee "Ginny" King, James Anderson "Jake" King, Joseph Mark "Mac" Chapman, and Hamilton King Chapman.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Ellen Fair Mason King; and his brother Joseph L. King.
As a young boy, Jim enjoyed swimming in the dye branch, slingshots, and playing with his friends, all of whom had colorful nicknames. By age 11 he drove the delivery truck for his family's laundry business.
While attending Winthrop Training School he played football and basketball. He was employed as an apprentice loom repairman at the Arcade Mill and delivered flowers for a local florist.
With the help of a local banker, Jim attended Presbyterian College. and earned a degree in Economics.A week after graduation (1962) he married Esther at First Presbyterian Church, and joined the National Guard. After that, he was employed at Home Federal Savings and Loan.
Jim became the president of Travelers Rest Federal Saving and Loan in1970.
In the late '70's, Jim moved his family to Marietta, SC, renovated a farm on the North Saluda River, and raised ducks, rabbits, chickens and a pig and farmed beans, cucumbers and squash. He loved to boil peanuts in a black cauldron.
Jim continued to expand the S & L which became The Poinsett Bank. He opened another office in Greenville, SC and opened an office in his hometown of Rock Hill. Jim retired upon the sale of the bank in 1998. Jim enjoyed offshore sport fishing , but he especially enjoyed family times at "the beach" and "the mountains". He also enjoyed playing cards and working cross word puzzles.
Jim served on Boards of Directors at Colonial Bank (Camden), Bank of Camden, and Independence National Bank (Greenville). He served as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Savings and Loan League.
Jim was an Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, was a Past President of Green Valley Country Club, and was awarded South Carolina's The Order of the Palmetto.
Memorial services will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 11:00 am on February 7, 2013.
The family will be at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
Special thanks to the fourth floor staff of Greenville Memorial Hospital, National Health Care on Boiling Springs Road and Open Arms Hospice.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at, www.thehowzemortuary.com.
Published in The Greenville News on Feb. 6, 2013