Morton Brandon King
Morton Brandon King passed away February 14, 2013 in Georgetown, Texas. Dr. King was born March 24, 1913 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. After attending Bell Buckle preparatory school in Tennessee, he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Vanderbilt University
in English, and his PhD degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1940. From 1939 to 1943 he taught sociology at the University of Mississippi and at Mississippi State. From 1943 to 1946 Dr. King served in the U. S. Army at several stations in the United States. From 1946 to 1956 Dr. King taught sociology and was chairman of the department of sociology at the University of Mississippi. Dr. King accepted an appointment in 1956 to teach sociology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he twice served as chairman of the department. He retired as professor emeritus in 1979. He published his research in the fields of the sociology of religion, minority affairs, women's issues, and urban leadership. He also wrote essays and poetry. Upon retirement, he and his wife Joan Smith King moved to Georgetown, Texas and became active in community affairs. He served on the boards of the Georgetown Heritage Society, the Georgetown Public Library, the Stonehaven Center and the Caring Place. He volunteered to serve on city committees and, with his wife Joan, started the Georgetown Tourist Center. He was an active member of the First Methodist Church and later of Grace Episcopal Church. He wrote a series of devotional studies for use in the Wesleyan homes in Georgetown. An active gardener, he grew wildflowers and vegetables and was very interested in the spontaneous poppies and chili lilies that appear seasonally in Georgetown. Dr. King is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan King, by his brother George King of Tennessee, and his sister, Mary Dale Shinn of Houston, and their families, and by his step-sons, Lawrence S. Smith and Richard H. Smith and their families. A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 East University Avenue in Georgetown, on February 21, at 2 pm.