Carlton Cornelius King, Jr., age 71 of Clinton, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Carlton was the oldest child of Carlton Cornelius King and Carrie Mae Chambless King. He was born March 3, 1947 at the Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas. Carlton was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Carrol Baker King. Children; Carrie Marie King and Cameron Cornelius King (Rubi). Grandchildren; Alexia Lillyann King and Aidan Cornelius King all of Conway. In addition; his brothers Ray King of Clinton, George King of Emmet, and sisters; Sue King Davis (John) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Polly King of Maumelle and Ginger King of Stamps, Nephews; Matthew Kielczewski and Carlton C. King.
Carlton was raised in Hope, Arkansas. Growing up in The First Baptist Church. Attending Garland Elementary School during the 1950’s. During his junior high, high school, and some college years, he worked for his father at his iconic “Bobcat” Drive In. Cooking burgers and car hopping. Most every baby boomer growing up in Hope will remember “Looping The Cat”. After graduating high school, Carlton attended Southern State College in Magnolia, Henderson State College in Arkadelphia and The University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, eventually living in Tennessee. He owned “Wonderland Day Care” in Franklin, Tennessee and the “Interstate Shell Center” in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. After having their children and selling the businesses in Tennessee. He and Carrol moved their family to Arkansas. Living in Little Rock, Conway and retiring in Clinton. While in Little Rock, he and Carrol opened an art gallery and interior design business on N. Taylor in the Heights. For a short period of time Carlton was employed by “The Southern Co.” Carlton loved the Gulf Coast. Every summer get-a-way was spent in Orange Beach, Alabama, Point Clear on Mobile Bay or Perdido Key. He loved sitting under an umbrella on the beach sipping a gin and tonic watching his children play in the surf and sand. New Orleans was another favorite destination. Most of his birthdays were spent in the French Quarter enjoying raw oysters, riding the trolleys and visiting the many art galleries. He loved and adored his daughter. He always had a smile on his face while speeding around Greer’s Ferry Lake with Carrie and her friends on a tube. Betting who would fall off first. More good times included, hunting and fishing with his son, up early on a deer stand was Carlton’s idea of a great time. Carlton dearly loved his family and we have many precious memories.
Many thanks to Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care for Carlton and our family.
A memorial service will be planned in the spring.
Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.