Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thelma K. (King) Chalfant 1902-1981

Thelma K. Chalfant, daughter of Henry and Elsie Belle Davis King, was born May 3, 1902 in Minier, Illinois, and departed this life January 1, 1981, in Phelps County Memorial Hospital in Rolla, Missouri.

She was united in marriage to David Henry Chalfant, and to this union was born one son and four daughters.

She was a life long member of the Church of Christ.

She began her teaching career in Dixon, Missouri at the Elementary School in 1919.  When her own children were school age she began teaching again and continued her profession in Camden, Morgan, Cass, Phelps, Crawford, and Pulaski Counties, until retiring in 1965.  She taught at Fort Leonard Wood after retiring, which made a total of more than forty years as an educator.

She has written three books and two of which have been published entitled, “Heart’s Treasury” and “Love Thy Neighbor”.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 4, 1981 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Ralph Zumwalt and Rev. Reavil Hankins officiating.

Burial was in Chalfant Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Funeral Chapel.

Pallbearers were: Roger Collins, Lewis Jones, Lewis McCarthy, Raymond Mings, Monty Morgan and Edward Ray Collins.

She is survived by four daughters, Essie Collins of Big Piney, Maxine Scott of Montreal, Missouri, Ilene Shorey of Bangor, Maine, Mary Sue Chalfant of Waynesville, Missouri; three brothers, Lewis King of Kansas City, Missouri, Hollis J. King of St. Louis, Missouri, Woodrow King, of Cuba, Missouri; two sisters, Berniece Licklider of St. Louis, Missouri, and Iris Southard of St. James, Missouri; twenty-seven grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren; as well as other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, David Hollis, three brothers, Harry, Richard, and Champ King; and infant brother and sister, and two grandsons.

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