Opal Carter King of Ranger

Opal Carter King, 96, went home to be with her Savior on December 23, 2010. Funeral services will be held Friday December 31, 2010 at 1:00pm at the First Baptist Church in Ranger. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at the Edwards Funeral Home in Ranger.

Opal was born October 6, 1914, in Morton Valley, Texas, to J. W. and Pamela Gilbreath Carter.  Opal was the last living sibling of eleven children born to J. W. and Pamela.  She married F.R. “Johny” King on October 7, 1933. She was the owner of King Insurance Agency in Ranger, Texas for a number of years.  She and her husband were active members of the First Baptist Church of Ranger and loved their church family.   In 1933, when the Ranger Swimming Pool first opened, Opal was crowned Miss Ranger.  She served as President of the Ranger Chamber of Commerce from 1982 to 1983.  During that time she was able to obtain the train depot from the railroad for Ranger.  She was also instrumental in the locating of Love’s Truck Stop in Ranger and for the King Manor Apartments in Ranger.  Opal was very active in Ranger community affairs, including serving on many committees and the Ranger College Board of Regents.  She was a precious Christian mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother and was loved dearly by all.  She will be missed more than words can express.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband F.R. “Johny” King and 10 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include daughter Sherry King Warren and husband Richard Cox of Lake Leon, TX and son Johny Bob King of Mineral Wells, TX; Grandchildren, Sueann Warren Porter of Indian Harbour Beach, FL, Phillip Warren of Gatesville, TX, Bridgett King Smith and husband Thom of Aledo, TX, Paula King Pate and husband Jody of Early, TX; Great grandchildren, Jarrid Porter and wife Rainey of Eastland, TX, Reid Smith and Payton Smith of Aledo, TX; Great great grandchildren, Hailey and Jakob Porter of Eastland, TX, numerous nieces and nephews, and even more friends, including Sara Neal, her hair stylist of over 40 years.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Kevin Cunningham, Eastland Memorial Hospital staff, and Hendrick Hospice.