James Madison King
Mr. James Madison “Jim” King, 71, a lifelong resident of Calhoun, was welcomed into the presence of Jesus in the morning hours on May 17th at Emory University Hospital following a week of declining health after suffering a stroke the week before. He had a joy for life, a knack for storytelling and humor, and was a true example of living a selfless life and following the command that “for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48).
Jim was the youngest child of John H. and Jennie Mae Thomas King. With four siblings, all teenagers, to shower him with attention, his intelligence and quick wit developed early on, and his tenacity and sense of adventure continued for the remainder of his life. A graduate of Calhoun High School, he attended North Georgia College. After college, he began his lifelong career in the latex and adhesives industry. He also served a brief stint as a firefighter with the City of Calhoun Fire Department. He was known throughout the textile industry as an expert in his field, reliable, honest, hardworking, and a friend to many. At the time of his death, he was a full-time sales representative for Textile Rubber & Chemical Company where he continued to find enjoyment in his career and the relationships cultivated there.
His true loves were the Lord, his wife and family, and his church, Calhoun Community Church. He was generous and kind, faithful and loving. He was a cheerful giver and supporter of local and international missions. A sports enthusiast, he was an unwavering (yet profoundly pessimistic) Georgia Tech fan and staunch supporter of the Gordon Central Warriors and Sonoraville Phoenix. Evenings and weekends would find him at every musical, concert, golf match, basketball game, baseball game, football game, swim meet, or track and field meet he and his wife could attend to cheer on his favorite performers and athletes, his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father- and mother-in-law, Joe and Jean Chadwick, sisters, Marjorie King Zipperer and Mildred “Renee” King Fox, his brother, Will King, and brothers-in-law, Sonny Zipperer, James Johnson, and Bucky Fox.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Donna Chadwick King, his children, Heather King Hunt (Wesley) and Chad King (Jennifer), grandchildren, Madison Hunt Wilfong (Andrew), Ian King, Janey Kate King, and Josie Mae King, sister, Johnnie King Johnson, sisters-in-law, Pam Hudson (Ken) and Marie Chadwick, brother-in-law, Mike Chadwick; his “King” nephews, Ben Fox, Burton Fox, Jacob Fox, Mitchell King, and Steven Johnson, who he loved like his own children and to whom he has passed the storyteller’s torch; a number of others survive, including special nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews, and long-time friends he considered family.
Pallbearers will be Ian King, Ben Fox, Jacob Fox, Cole Godfrey, Josh Mashburn, Chris Mulkey, Dave Pass, and Ross Quarles. Honorary pallbearers include Burton Fox, Stephen Johnson, Mitchell King, Johnny Mac Brown, Mitchell Brumlow, Tommy Brumlow, Ron Crouch, William “Junior” North, Lamar Reynolds, and Ken Starkey.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 20th, at 12:00 P.M. from Calhoun Community Church with Reverend Wesley Hunt and Reverend Jerry Rice officiating. The family will have a private graveside service immediately following. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 19th, from 4 PM until 8 PM at Calhoun Community Church.
In lieu of gifts of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be directed to Samaritan’s Purse or Gideons International, two ministries close to Jim’s heart for their dedication to sharing the love and saving grace of Christ with others.
You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com
Thomas Funeral Home has proudly been entrusted with the care of Mr. James Madison “Jim” King.