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Clemmons Presbyterian Church
3930 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, NC 27012
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

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Clemmons Presbyterian Church
3930 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, NC 27012
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015
11 a.m.

John "Jack" Staples King, Jr.
Feb 03, 1936 - Oct 20, 2015
John “Jack” Staples King, Jr., 79, died Monday, October 20, 2015. He was born in Guilford County to the late John Staples King, Sr. and Helen Rominger King on February 3, 1936.

He was a lifelong member of First Moravian Church in Greensboro and a graduate of Guilford College. He worked as an Allstate Insurance Agent for over 35 years and owned and operated Jack Kings Gym for over 40 years. He had a passion for weight lifting and won many national titles, including Mr. America in 1997, and Mr. Universe. He was a volunteer of the year at the YMCA in 1972.

He was preceded in death by his son, David King.

He is survived by his wife, June Davis King, two sons: Jack King of California and Tommy King (Leslie) of Clemmons; two step daughters: Kristin Marks (Eric) of Winston-Salem, and Mary Elizabeth Camp of Raleigh; grandchild, Lindsay King and step grandchildren: Emma, Daniel, Virginia, Eliza, and Charlotte.

Memorial service will be held at Clemmons Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 24th at 11:00 a.m. by Rev. William Hoyle, Rev. Timothy Porter, and Father William McConville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forsyth Humane Society, 61 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or Clemmons Presbyterian Church, 3930 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC 27012. The family would like to thank the staff at Forest Heights Senior Living for all the care and love they showed Jack. The family would also like to thank all his friends from the gym who continued to show love and support by their many and constant visits.

Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.

Dale Wilson
I just read the article about Jack in paper this morning .I was floored,as Jack was a big influence in my life over the years.I first met Jack at his gym in 1981,and started training there.I got great advice from him and all the great lifters there at the time.My best memory was when he took time to help me out at 1989 NC State Powerlifting Meet,where as only Jack could do pushed me to one of best meets ever.I left the lifting scene in 1995,but never forgot all the help and words of encouragement he gave me .God Bless the family in this time of need, and my prayers are with you..Dale
Ann, Harold Doby
June, We both where so sorry to hear of Jacks passing. Praying for God to heal broken hearts. God Bless.
Aileen Smith
JUne, so sorry to hear about your husband. Miss seeing you too. Take care and you will be in our prayers.
John and June Steede
We are so very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. June, you are in our thoughts and prayers!
William Blackstock
June - I was so sorry to hear this news. William
Joey Nelson
I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He had a huge impact on my life. Jack will be missed by all.
Joy Lawson
June I'm so sorry for your loss.
Todd Wall
Sorry to hear of your loss June. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My God bless you and your family.
Pattie Taylor
So sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
Dave and Cathie Bradshaw
Please accept our condolences on the loss of Jack. He was an icon and a mentor to me and many others. He not only helped me get stronger, he made me a better man.
George Bambalis
Jack was an encourager. Weightlifting and fitness aside, helping others to achieve and excel is his legacy. May God give you rest now, Jack.
Jim and Laila Graham
June, We are so sorry for your loss and will be praying for the Lord to provide peace and comfort to you and your family during this time.
Bart Frizzell
June, I am so sorry for your loss.
Kathy Flowers
June and Family, I am sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I know he was dearly loved and loved you dearly June!! That is a wonderful thought to cherish. My thoughts are with you and your family. Always, Kathy
Beverly Ingram
My prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. I love you June. God Bless you.
Finding Jack's gym was like finding an oasis in the desert.In the midst of up and coming fitness locations,all shiny and polished,Ifound rusty,musty,sweaty,heavy metal Jack's and the wonderful people that would'nt have it any other way.He was our teacher as only Jack could do it.I'm still lifting and thankful or knowing the man.
rob lorber
Of all the positive characteristics of Jack, the one that I remember most positively is when Jack worked with my son,Brent. Even though Brent is Autistic and his speech is difficult to understand, Jack was extremely patient and gentle with him. He showed great care and compassion with Brent. Even though it was over 4 years ago, Brent still asks about Jack. Being the "gruff" person he projected, at times, Jack asked that no one needed to know how much he enjoyed working with Brent. I think the time is long over due. Thank you Jack. Rob Lorber
Steve Jeck
I met Jack in the fall of 1993. I was searching for a "real" gym in order to train for the Scottish Highland games. Needless to say, I found exactly what I was looking for..and a whole lot more! There was only one reason why I never felt the need to find another gym in Winston-Salem - Jack. He was not only a passionate and seasoned expert in weightlifting and strength training who exemplified the adage, "Practice what you preach" (NO ONE trained harder than Jack), but Jack was also (and much more importantly) a loyal friend and a trusted ally who valued trust and loyalty even more than his passion for strength...and that says a lot. On a personal note (and speaking to the kind of heart that Jack had), Jack also deeply enriched my wife Cathy's and my life by helping us adopt three kitties: Big Boy, Little Boy, and Little Girl. We said goodbye to Big Boy when he was 8 and Little Boy when he was 13. By God's grace, Little Girl is still with us at 18.5 years. In a sense, we never really say goodbye to those we love, and so I am not going to say goodbye to Jack - just we love you and miss you, and may you rest in peace. I will never forget Jack and the many lessons he taught me along the way; and I will always do my best to honor his legacy. June, you and Jack will remain in our prayers! With love and respect, Steve and Cathy Jeck
Very sorry to hear of Jack's passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to June and Tommy. Jack was a very special person and one of the most interesting people I will ever know. I will miss his great stories and advice, but most of all I will just miss Jack. The world is a little more dull place without him. I know Jack is already training again
scott reavis
Father figure, friend and trainer. I cannot imagine my life had it not intersected with Jack. Guidance from adolescence to adulthood. Some fabulous memories and what a ride. Take care my friend.
Noah Shearouse
Jack taught me and so many others, so much about life through fitness and bodybuilding at every level. The dedication and work ethic he exhibited daily taught me that ANYTHING could be accomplished with HARD WORK and FOCUS. He was a second father to me when I needed it most. Jacks gym was my first home even above my own. But most important Jack was a good friend. Jack has been that voice in my head over the years when I have fallen saying "Get up! Shake it off! Let's go!" Jack never accepted second best from himself and expected only the best from others. I will never be able to express how much Jack has meant to me over the years, even after leaving my hometown many years ago. What wonderful memories. Clearly God must have needed the Best fitness trainer and mentor in heaven. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. God bless you. Noah
Sarina & Bobby Wall
So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Billy Stone
R.I.P Jack Thank you for everything
Dot Buenacasa
I am so sorry for the family's loss. Jack kept me on after he bought the gym in '79 (?). He then moved it to Hawthorne and it was King's Nautilus. I not only enjoyed working for him but he was a great running partner. He always beat me as we went into high gear with his "kick". Praying that the LORD who is faithful & near to the widow, may He continue to comfort your heart.


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