Terrell Whiteman King III, a former Denton city council member and partner in local insurance agency Ramey & King for nearly 30 years, passed away at 83 Thursday from cancer complications.
King III grew up on a farm in Roanoke before his family moved to the Denton area and he attended Denton High School, where he met his future wife, Nancy. He attended North Texas State College, now the University of North Texas, but never finished a degree — though that didn’t stop him from becoming a business partner in local insurance agency Ramey & White in 1962.
The firm changed its name two years later to Ramey & King Insurance, its current name, and King himself was involved in the business until he retired in the early ‘90s. Years before his retirement, he brought his twin sons James and Jeff into the business, which is now owned entirely by the King family.
In addition to his business success, King was an active community member, serving as a Denton city council member in 1974 and mayor pro tem in 1975. He was also active in several local organizations, including the Denton Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and two churches.
King’s sons remember him as a man set on always being outgoing and inclusive — and who simply loved to talk.
“He’s probably the friendliest, nosiest person I ever knew,” James King said. “He liked to know people just so he could interact with them.”
King’s personality served him well in the insurance business, where dealing with customers is of great importance.
“You have to like people to be in the business, and he did,” Jeff King said. “He treated the customers like family.”
King passed away at Good Samaritan Society Denton Village. He is survived by his wife Nancy, sister Genelia, sons James and Jeff, and several grandchildren.
Memorial Service; Saturday, April 24th, 11 AM till 12 PM Family visitation will follow the service, 12-2 PM at The Denton Woman's Club Building, Quakertown Park.
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