William E. King, Sr. ’50

William E. King, Sr. ’50 died October 23 in Bristol, Tenn. After graduation from Tennessee High School in 1945, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy before attending Davidson College and Washington and Lee University. He began his business career at the E.W. King Co., then owned and operated Bill King Clothiers in Downtown Bristol before co-founding Charter Data Systems, a national forerunner in utilizing computer technology in retail management and consulting. As a partner in Ruth King Antiques and owner of Better Services Inc., he developed an expertise in importing goods from England, including Qwicksilver and Big Tom, for marketing throughout the United States and many foreign countries. He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Ruth Moseley King, 1 Woods Way, Bristol, Tenn. 37620; his son, William E. King, Jr. (Ronan); his daughter, Nell King Bieger (Dan); his four grandchildren, Will and Moseley King, and Daniel and David Bieger; and his sister, Betty King Irvine (Walter) and children, Walter Jr. and Beth. He was preceded in death by his brother, Albert D. King, Jr. ’45.