Carl Sterling King “Thunder Chicken,” 80, of Auburn, passed away on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.
Son of Clyde and Sarah King, Carl was born Dec. 24, 1941, at their family home in Lake Park. After the passing of his father, he came to live with his uncle and aunt Spec and Helen in Auburn where he attended school, graduating from Lake View-Auburn High School in 1961. On April 29, 1962, he married Kathleen, and together they had six wild boys. Later in life, Carl moved to Arizona where he married Claudia on Sept. 27, 1995.
Carl was a lifelong jokester and hard worker. Luckily, he told enough jokes throughout his life that his family and friends will be telling them for years to come.
He owned King’s Body Shop in Auburn, King’s Hill north of Auburn, King’s Trucking, and served as the chief of police for the City of Auburn. Bodywork later became more of a hobby for Carl than a job. Carl loved playing pool and riding motorcycles. He also had a love for animals and cooking. If you visited his home for a meal, you could guarantee he filled more than just your bowl.
More than anything Carl loved spending time with his family — what better way to combine all of the things he loved than to have everyone over for a meal and a game of pool. Of course, there would be jokes too.
Carl is survived by his wife of 26 years: Claudia; his children: Lonnie, Daniel (Candy), Dale (Toni), Kevin (Jody), Colin (Caryn), and Shane (Alison); 21 grandchildren, who were constantly asked to pull his finger; 16 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Jean (Stan) Hawes and Roger (Patsy) King; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepsons: Shawn and Ryan; and cousin Joe Bachman, who was a brother to him.
Carl loved to make everyone smile and laugh. His smile lives on in each of his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Lampe & Powers Funeral Home in Lake City, with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date.