Mr. Charles Henry King

  • Born: February 23, 1928
  • Died: August 31, 2015
  • Location: Indio, California

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82975 Requa Avenue
Indio, CA 92201

Tel. (800) 204-3131

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Henry King, a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley for 64 years, died in Indio on August 31, 2015. He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on February 23, 1928 to Beulah (Walker) and Henry King. Being the youngest of five children, his family affectionately called him "Babe."

His family were hard working folks in rural Arkansas but were also musicians, including Charlie, who played mandolin by the age of 7 when the "King Family Orchestra" entertained on the radio and at dances.

The King Family made the difficult move to California during the Dust Bowl. By day the family picked fruits, vegetables, cotton, etc. up and down California and Oregon. By night they picked banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins, entertaining at the dances held at the Migrant Farm Labor Camps where they lived. Theirs was truly a very similar story to John Steinbeck's classic novel "The Grapes of Wrath." As a matter fact, the family band was "discovered" at the Arvin Farm Labor Camp and cast in the famous film "The Grapes of Wrath" where they played the music for the camp dance.

However, Charlie's real legacy began in 1944 when as a Beaumont High School student he met a Banning girl named Novella Danchak. She became his best friend and lifetime partner, marrying on June 27, 1948. Sorry, Mr. Shakespeare. No truer love story was ever told. Together they made a loving home in Indio where they raised a family of seven children - all musical no less - and became active contributing members of the community including Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where Charlie served a term as Knights of Columbus Grand Knight and participated in the 3rd Degree.

After a massive stroke in 1975 which necessitated his leaving the Automobile Club of Southern California's active employment, Charlie was determined to rehabilitate himself and he was successful. Besides his active family life where he supported his children's every musical, theatrical, sporting and academic endeavor, he received an Associate of Arts degree at College of the Desert, was a member of the OLPH Parish Council, worked in RCIA and sang bass in the choir. He also became the first man to join the John F. Kennedy Hospital Auxiliary where he became president and worked side by side with Novella for more than 30 years.

Charlie is survived by Novella, his wife of 67 years; his seven children and their spouses Bennie King Driskell (Bob), Charles King Jr. (Stephanie), Glenn King (Lisa Marie), John Stanley King, Jeanette King Hurwitz (Michael), Ronnie King (Lisa Pearl) and Bobby King (Sylvia).

Charlie's greatest joy was his family including his grandchildren Andrew, Gregory, David Driskell and Katie Driskell Morris, Guinivere King, Amy King Stark, Matthew King, Ryan King, Sarah King, Regan King, Danny King, Danielle King, Sammy King, Joey King, Mason and Owen King. He also leaves three great grandchildren, Annabelle and Abigail Stark and Deacon Driskell.

He is also survived by his sister Julia Marken, nieces Cindy Eakins, Sandra Griffith, nephew Larry Batchelor, Brother in-law John Danchak Jr., nephew Terry Danchak, Michael Danchak,
and niece Allison Krasniak.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Harlen, John, and Bill King,
nephew Randy Danchak, and by his grandson, Charles Henry King III.
He was a most loving and generous man who will be missed by many. If he could leave one more bit of wisdom with everyone (besides loving each other and taking care of Novella), it would simply be "Keep on Keepin' On".

Services will be held on Tuesday, September 8th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church
in La Quinta, CA where Charlie has been a parishioner and usher for 20 years. Interment will follow at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in Memory of
Charles H King at or 800-242-8721.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by Bobby King - La Quinta, CA   April 11, 2016


Prayers, smiles, and memories to all the members of the King Family.


Posted by Kevin Gilbert - Scurry, TX - family friend   October 14, 2015

Our condolences and prayers go out to his whole wonderful family. Keep on keepin' on - you're a great legacy for him.

Posted by Linda & Tony Bianco - Palm Desert, CA   September 22, 2015

Another Indio pioneer in heaven. What a great life! Blessings to the family.

Posted by Carol Brockman Castro - La Quinta, CA   September 10, 2015

May God comfort,lift you up and give you grace as you go through this time of loss.

Posted by Ceil Woodward - Palm Desert, CA   September 10, 2015

Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. (James 4:8)

Posted by Mario    September 09, 2015

To the Entire King Family- My deepest condolences on the passing of a lovely man. My family and I have known The Kings and Charlie for almost 50 years! I am a better person for having know him. May you all be comforted in knowing that Charlie is in Gods hands now.

Posted by David Patino - La Quinta, CA   September 09, 2015

Bennie, Novella and all the family. I was sorry to hear about yor dads passing May God hold all of you in his arms and carry you through this very difficult time. Sorry I was not able to attend the service today but will keep you and your family in prayer.

Posted by Rita Castro Bova - La Quinta, CA   September 08, 2015

To the King Family ... our sincerest condolences to your family. Charlie was a gem of a man and will be missed by so many.

Posted by shelley tucker - indio, CA   September 08, 2015

I knew Charlie as a young man always real nice Condolences too entire King family

Posted by dudley Swenson - Palm Desert, CA   September 07, 2015

Charlie was the kindest most loving man I had ever met & he made me feel like one of his own! He raised his kids to be the same and to have class & integrity-I was blessed to know him for the time I did & I will miss him dearly!

Posted by Penny Salamida - Palm Desert, CA   September 07, 2015

God blessed the Kings with such a wonderful Father! Blake and I send our deepest love and respect to all the Kings with particular heartfelt wishes to Ronnie & Lisa and John Stanley.

Posted by Michael & Blake Lansing - Rancho Mirage   September 07, 2015

Novella, Glen & King family,

Our sincere condolences and sympathy to your Family! Charlie was a quite simple loving Man of few words, but large stature. It was my pleasure and honor to have known him, thank you for your Usher's service to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in La Quinta for so many years. You will surely be missed my Friend. God bless you and rest in peace.


Richard, Judyann & Family
La Quinta, California

Posted by Richard Moreno - La Quinta, CA   September 07, 2015

What a blessing to have such a great role model in my life. Godspeed my Father in Law.

Posted by Michael Hurwitz - Antioch, CA   September 07, 2015

May comfort and peace surround you all during your time of sorrow. Charlie always had the infectious smile on his face and it was always a joy whenever we would see this wonderful man. There is a deep friendship of many many years that the King/Butvidas family share.
You will ALL be in our thoughts and prayers,
The Butvidas Family

Posted by Butvidas Family - La Quinta, CA - Family Friend   September 07, 2015

Everyone who knew you was blessed, Babe.
May you rest in peace.

Posted by A friend   September 06, 2015

Multiple blessings and much sympathy to the entire King family. Charlie and Novella were my neighbors in Coronado Gardens for 30+yrs. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Kathy Beckel - Indio, CA   September 06, 2015

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Posted by American Heart Association    September 06, 2015

Jeanette & Michael, So very sorry for the loss of your dad. Though I never met him, I have enjoyed hearing all the epic stories about him over the years. They don't make 'em like Charlie King anymore! Seems like he was a truly wonderful man and I know his loss leaves a big hole in everyone's heart. Sending thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

Posted by Laura Lorenz - Berkeley, CA   September 06, 2015

Our sincere condolences to the entire King family.

Posted by Rick & Maryanne Brown - Bermuda Dunes, CA   September 06, 2015

Dear King Family,
I used to live next door to John and Ethel in Cathedral City and I remember you all.
May God wrap His wings around you and comfort you all during this time of mourning.
We have the hope of being reunited with those who have gone before.
Blessings to you all. Laura

Posted by - CO   September 06, 2015

RememberING all of the square dancing families and the Indio parades. Our family would like to express our deepest sorrow to your family's. It is very hard to say goodbye, when you want them here forever. My our thoughts and prayers help you through this difficult time.
Love Always
Jacquie Bethel, Dawn Gummer, Laurie Paxton and Tom Dailey

Posted by Laurie Dailey-Paxton - Indio, CA - Family Acquaintance   September 05, 2015

My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Michelle Ash - Ran home Mirage, CA   September 05, 2015

Your Dad was great, I remember him doing dance calls at special events.My uncle Frankie Ford would use him. May he Rest in peace.

Posted by Sal Frisaura - Palm Springs, CA   September 05, 2015

His legacy will continue for generations to come. Praying that God will surround you with His love and peace. Take comfort in all your sweet memories and the friends and family who are sharing your great loss.
Linda Brian Boster

Posted by Linda Brian Boster - Indio, CA   September 05, 2015

What a lovely tribute to a lovely man. My thoughts are with you, Novella (and all).
God bless.

Posted by Gail (Hoye) Jensen    September 05, 2015

This mans cool and calm demeanor will never be forgotten! He was a beautiful family man of strong faith who's words of wisdom always moved me!

Posted by Danny Flahive - Cathedral City, CA   September 05, 2015

We were so fortunate to have such a wise and wonderful man walk amongst us. It was an honor to have known him. My heart goes out to all of you!

Posted by Melodee Seccombe - Redlands, CA   September 04, 2015

Your dad was a real super dad and he has left an amazing legacy of talent that seems to keep on growing like a giant snowball. Much love to Novella and all. Keep on keeping on!

Posted by Judy Basehore - Philo, CA   September 04, 2015

so very sorry for your loss

Posted by sharon king - clarksville, AR   September 04, 2015

What a wonderful legacy...a very nice man with a great family.

Posted by Chuck Garcia - Oak Park, CA   September 04, 2015

To Ronnie, your dad sounds like an awesome man and our thoughts are with you and the rest of your family.
Big hugs, Joanie and Ray Croteau

Posted by Ray Croteau - Bermuda Dunes, CA   September 04, 2015

Posted by John Hadley - Indian Wells, CA   September 04, 2015

To the King Family, Hugs to you all!

Posted by Jody Johnson - Indio, CA - Desertsands Unified School Distr   September 04, 2015

So very sorry for your loss. What a great man...

Posted by Corrine Lanier - Aberdeen, WA   September 04, 2015

Peace be with you Glen and to the all the Kings. The San Diego Davis' send our condolences

Posted by James davis - San Diego, CA   September 04, 2015

What a wonderful man! Best wishes and prayers to all of the family.

Posted by Kathleen Haley Ray - Bakersfield, CA   September 04, 2015

Blessings to the King sorry for your loss, but I know in my heart that he brought you such joy and his inspiration carried you into all your many wonderful talents....
Bless you all.... love, jL

Posted by Jeri Lynne - Rancho Mirage, CA   September 04, 2015

His smiling, gentle face will be greatly missed. Our love and sincere sympathy to the family.

Posted by Paula & John Sloan - Palm Desert, CA   September 04, 2015