LEXINGTON, Ky. - Van King, 74, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013. Born January 3, 1939 in Harlan County, KY, he was the son of Floyd and Ella King. Van is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cheryl; his sons David (Sara) of Lexington and Brent (Lindsay) of Georgetown; his grandchildren Elizabeth, Julia, Audrey, and Max; his sister Carol Ann Shoemaker of Morristown, TN, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in KY and Tennessee.
Van touched thousands of lives as an insurance agent for over forty years, working most of this time for Shelter Insurance in Lexington. Prior to that, Van was a veteran who served his country as a staff sergeant in the Army and the reserves during the 1960s. He was also a disc jockey for several radio stations during the birth of Rock n’ Roll in the late 1950s.
Van was known as a wise and kind man who treated everyone fairly and put the needs of his wife, children, family, and others above his own. He attended Versailles Baptist Church for over forty years. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, visiting with his family, playing with his grandchildren, and spending time with friends. He enjoyed reading the Bible, studying the Scripture with his Sunday School friends, teaching himself Spanish, watching Westerns, and caring for his yard (and often the yards of other people who needed it).
The family would like to thank Reverend John Brandon, Lee Morrison, Dwight Overstreet, members of Versailles Baptist Church, the staff of the Hospice of the Bluegrass, and the staff at St. Joseph Hospital.
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