KING, WILLIAM MYRICK (1925 ~ 2009). The following is a family-placed obituary for William Myrick "Bill" King, spouse of former Secretary of the Senate Betty Dunlavey King. The obituary was provided by Weed - Corley - Fish Funeral Home.
WILLIAM M. (BILL) KING passed away on December 1, 2009. He was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on August 28, 1925, the son of J.K. King and Peggy Abernathy King. His childhood was spent in Houston where he was a graduate of Austin High School and attended the University of Houston, majoring in Engineering. In 1948 he enrolled in The University of Texas law school and graduated in 1950. Following graduation he became a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1950 to 1953, serving in Couer d' Alene, Idaho and Philadelphia. In 1953 he returned to Texas and became an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General John Ben Shepperd. With the founding of the Texas State Securities Board in 1957 he was appointed State Securities Commissioner and served until 1969. During his tenure he was elected President of the North American Securities Administrators. From 1969 to 1973 he was Executive Vice President of the American National Bank. From 1973 until retirement in 2001 he practiced law in Austin.
A 50-year member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, he served as a Member of the Vestry and Treasurer. He was a longtime member of the Board of the Austin Symphony Orchestra serving as Vice President for Individual Gifts. An active member of the Knights of the Symphony, he was honored as King Brio XXXVIII. He was a member of the Chairman's Forum of the Austin Lyric Opera. He was a longtime member of the Headliners Club. In retirement he enjoyed serving as a member of the Endowment Committee of the Settlement Home, attending UT Forum classes and delivering Meals on Wheels for the Good Shepherd team. He especially enjoyed the friendship of members of the Thursday Group, EIEIO and Supper Club.
King is survived by his wife, Betty, of 60 years; his beloved daughter, Kevin Ann Marcyes and her husband Richard; two grandsons who brought him great joy, Griffin King Marcyes and Maxfield Austin Marcyes; his sister, Mary Jo King of Flower Mound; nieces, Lynda Wood of Flower Mound, Russelene Peacock of Jacksonville and Bess Browder of Ababa, Ethiopia; nephews, Myles Richards of Aspen, Colorado, Russell Conroy of Waco, Jim Long of Austin and Alex Long of Austin.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 4th at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Rd, Austin.
Burial will be at the Texas State Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Settlement Home for Children, Austin Hospice, The Austin Symphony Orchestra, The Austin Lyric Opera, The Long Center for the Performing Arts or Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
Further information is available through the Texas State Cemetery research department.