Family Histories of Coleman County, Texas

by Eunice H. King

From A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985 
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

Wouldn’t this be a nice place in which to live?  So thought Charles Morrison and Eunice Blanche (Holmes) King while driving through the city of Coleman in August of 1944.  We were so impressed with the wide streets and the neat appearance of Coleman that we stopped to inquire about vacancies in the school system.  Charles was elected principal of South Ward Elementary School, which included grades one through eight at that time.  I was assigned grade five on the West Ward campus.  There were thirty-five lively fifth-graders in my home room.  We had moved there from Barnhart where we had taught for one year.  Before that, Charles had taught at Mereta his first five years.  After one year at West Ward, I moved to South Ward, remaining there for seventeen and a half years.

In 1954 Charles became principal of the Junior High School where he remained until his resignation in May 1967.  During our twenty-three years of residence in Coleman we became parents of two children, Janis Adelle, born November 2, 1946 and Damon Charles, November 29, 1953.  In February 1965 Janis married James Edward Lawrence, son of W. H. and Prebble (Dixon) Lawrence (see H. N. Lawrence).  Damon married Pamela Kay Prothro in June 1977.  They make their home in Garland.

Charles, Damon and I moved to El Paso in June 1967 to teach in the schools there.  After a bout with cancer, Charles died January 28, 1972, his body was laid to rest in Coleman.  I retired in May 1979, after thirty-five years as teacher and librarian.  In September of that year, I returned to Coleman.  This is a great place in which to live.  There are so many opportunities for volunteer service in the community.  Sometimes I wonder how I ever found time to work!

Charles was born in Runnels County, near Norton, July 12, 1917, son of Bennett Rueben and Mattie (Yarborough) King, both deceased and buried in Comanche.  Eunice Blanche was born in Sweetwater, Alabama, December 16, 1918.  She moved with her parents, five brothers and one sister to Comanche County in 1922.  The sixth brother was born in the Duster community.  Her parents were J. D. and Callie Elizabeth (Ford) Holmes who are now deceased and buried in De Leon.

(Images to be added)

Eunice, Charles, Janis and Damon King, July 1962.

Families History Index
Coleman County Index
Please send additional links, comments or suggestions for articles to:
The Coleman County Historian

This page last updated February 11, 2006
© 1982 - 2006 Ralph Terry.  All rights reserved.