Frances Hall King

December 4, 1908 - July 25, 2013
Frances Hall King

HENDERSONVILLE- Frances Hall King, 104, of Hendersonville died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Carolina Village Medical Center. Frances was born December 4, 1908 in Lincoln, Nebraska to the late Maxwell and Susan Newman Hall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis King; her sons, Christopher and Stephen; and her brothers, Newman and Homer Hall. During her lifetime, she lived in Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C., moving to Hendersonville in 1969.

Francis received a B.A. in English from Western College for Women (Ohio) in 1929, and a M.A. from Ohio State on 1930. She attended Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College for several summers. She taught English at Wilmington College (Ohio), N.C. State (Raleigh), Agnes Scott and Georgia State (Atlanta), American University (Washington D.C.), and Greek plays at the Aegean Institute (Paros, Greece).

Frances was an active member of civic and professional organizations including the League of Women Voters, AAUW (co-founder of the Hendersonville chapter), American Association of University Professors (president of the American University chapter), Western College for Women Alumnae Association, the Association for Retarded Citizens (co-founder of chapters in MD, D.C., GA, and NC), National Association for Retarded Citizens (board member), and Friends Meetings in Bethesda, MD, and Brevard, NC.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan King; daughter-in-law, Sally King; very special friend, Ellie Cox; five grandchildren, Jonathan and Katie Tash, Adam, Kate and Stephen King, Jr.; five great-grandchildren, Alex Tash, Justus, Chloe, Allison, and Kelly King; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be at 1:30 pm, Sunday, August 4, 2013 in the Carolina Village Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1403, or Carolina Village Medical Center, 701 Carolina Village Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

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  • August 13, 2013
    Beth Cramp Dague says:
    I was honored to serve with Frances on the WCAA board. She was an amazing women.

  • August 13, 2013
    Jane Alexander Durrell says:
    To Frances's family, I knew Frances as a fellow member of the Western College Alumnae board and considered it both an honor and a pleasure to be in her company. sincerely, Jane Durrell

  • August 13, 2013
    Pat Jayson says:
    I spent many hours with Frances Hall King during the years we both served on the Western College Alumnae board. When I visited Frances and Willis in Hendersonville, we caught trout in Willis's stocked pond, picked corn and fresh vegetables that they had planted, ate meals at the kitchen table, and talked long into the day & night. It was my great good fortune to know them both. Frances was a rudder in my life.

  • August 15, 2013
    Stevie Snook says:
    I was saddened to hear that Frances has passed on. I am proud to call her a Western sister; the world is a better place because she was in it.