Gary Don King and wife Janice Fritts King passed away on October 18, 2020, as the result of an automobile accident. Gary and Janice, both 77, were residents of Hempstead, Texas. They had enjoyed 58 years of marriage prior to their tragic passing.

Gary and Janice grew up in the Comanche area and were high school sweethearts. Following their marriage in 1962, they settled in Nocona. There they enjoyed an active social life, and found many ways to give back to the community. Gary was a founding member of Nocona Belt Company, a charter member and future board president of Nocona’s Tales ‘n’ Trails Museum, a member of the Rotary Club, and anything else he could fit into his busy days. Janice was a loving and dedicated mother and homemaker. She later owned and operated a few small businesses in Nocona. As much as they enjoyed their home and friends in Nocona, in 2015 they chose to relocate to Hempstead to be closer to their children.

Gary Don and Janice were preceded in death by parents and daughter, Cynthia Ann King. Survivors include Donna Sue Fritts of Comanche, Jeffrey King and wife Tawnya of Hempstead, Rebecca Hellinger and husband Eric Hellinger of Leander; and five grandchildren including Bailey Buxkemper who they raised; and six great grandchildren.

Gary Don and Janice enjoyed a full and wonderful life together, and left a far-reaching positive impact in the world. This article is just a short synopsis of their lives. To read a full length life story obituary for each of them individually, visit Here you may also leave a message to the family.

The following will be jointly-held services for Gary Don and Janice: Saturday, October 24, 2020, visitation with the family will be held from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm, both held at Brenham Memorial Chapel.

Officiating is family friend Mike Gentry. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche, Texas.

The Tales ‘n’ Trails Museum in Nocona was a labor of love for Gary Don and Janice, and it held a special place in their hearts.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the museum to continue the legacy.

Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833.

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