Mr. King was born on January 8, 1943 to Lillie Mae and Norman Hammond in Montgomery. As a child growing up “King” (whose name says it all) was very responsible and a strong will young man. He attended Loveless Elementary School and Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from Jimmy Lowes Night School. At the age of 18 he joined the Job Corp in Mammoth Cove, KY areas of Law Enforcement and Forestry. Here he met a man by the name of Sgt. Carter, a mild mannered, father figure who encouraged him to pursue a career in the military. King was always a hard worker, as a teen he worked in a neighborhood grocery store and drove an ice-cream truck. In his spare times he enjoyed clay sculpturing by hand. Some of his creations include busts of J.F.K. and the famous Indian Chief, Sitting Bull.
Eventually, King decided it was time for him to make a move and determined to do something that he enjoyed, he joined the Army. King re-ceived his Basic Training, in Ft. Benning, Ga, and AIT training in Ft. Bliss, Texas. He was a member of a group called the “Duster.”
On November 26, 1968 he was sent to serve our country in the Vietnam War. He did two tours of duty and received several rewards including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Distinguished Purple Heart.
As you can imagine King Stokes came back to Alabama a well-decorated war hero. Always charming and a self-described “ladies man,” he was finally ready to settle down. He met a beautiful young woman named Rosemary McShack. These two were match made in heaven.King and Rosemary were married on January 15, 1971. For a little while he worked for Gunter B.K. King finally decided to go back into the Army, because by this time two children were born Two girls, Spring and Latoya. The Stokes family was on the move. Ft. Benning, Ga. was the first. They stayed there for three years. At Ft. Benning, King was a wonderful “Chef.” He always brought his creations home to his family, who enjoyed this immensely, (especially Rosemary).