Forrest King

APCA is saddened to report the passing of Forrest H. King Jr., founder of association-member King Pipeline & Utility Co., Inc., of Nashville, Tenn., on October 20. He was 87.

Mr. King was born on August 21, 1933, to the late Jane and Forrest H. King Sr. He married his late wife, Emily B. King, on February 24, 1958. They have four children (Ashley, Chip, Ken, and Kevin), eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mr. King graduated from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute with degrees in Mechanical and Civil Engineering and was a lifetime member of the Hokie and German Clubs. During his long career, he also owned Southland Contractors and worked for International Harvester, Walton Construction, and the Globe Company.

Mr. King is described as a tough, demanding man who loved to win as well as loyal, good-hearted, and a great listener. He and Emily loved to travel throughout the United States, with New Orleans being their favorite destination. He enjoyed hunting for quail and dove in Mexico, pheasant and grouse in South Dakota, and perdiz in Argentina and Uruguay.

"He was the greatest man we have ever known, and it was an honor to have him as a father," his children said.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 am on Friday, October 30 at Mt. Olivet Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends one-hour prior. The service will be streamed live on Facebook.

In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, donations may be made to Feed America First, 1715 S. Rutherford Blvd., Suite K #257, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 or forrestking.