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Dedication to our Founders

Norma Ann King
Aug. 16, 1934 ~ Dec. 12, 2010
Junior King
Mar. 27, 1931 ~ Sept. 22, 2014
Annie's Furniture and Home Accessories, as it is known today, was the aspiration of Norma Ann King. She opened the doors to her new business, Annie's Country Collections, in August of 1982. Prior to opening the family-run business, Norma was the bookkeeper and interior decorator for C.E. King Homes.

Clarence was in the building business for over 50 years. He was a businessman, builder and land developer. He was the owner and developer of King's Suburban Estates in Excelsior Springs. He was a community leader, forming the future of Excelsior Springs as a city council member and mayor in the late '60s and early '70s. He served on the Excelsior Springs Hospital Board and was instrumental in the construction of the new hospital in 1974. Clarence continued serving the community with roles on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Clay County Development Commission and the Lions Club.

Clarence was married to Norma Ann Parman on Nov. 21, 1953. They had three daughters, June, Jill and Joy. The couple raised their family in the Missouri towns of Elkhorn, Lawson, Excelsior Springs and Kearney. Norma was born on August 16, 1934 and lived her life with grace, courage and dignity. On December 12, 2010 she lost her battle with Parkinson's disease. Her family and friends miss her heartfelt love and laughter, but the concept of Annie's store lives on as her daughters, Jill King-Hilke and Joy King, carry on her dream in the warm and humble manner of which Norma would be proud.

Clarence E. King, Jr., also known as "Junior" King, 83, Kearney, Mo., passed away on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, surrounded by his family. Clarence battled chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), COPD, heart disease, congestive heart failure and type 2 diabetes with much pride and never wanted to give up fighting to live. He was loved, respected and admired by his family and friends. Clarence was born March 27, 1931. He was reared on a farm near Lawson, Mo., in Ray County. He was educated in the rural and Lawson public schools, graduating from Lawson High School in 1949. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After returning from the Air Force, he continued farming and feeding cattle with his father until 1960.

They are survived by their daugthers, June Hewitt, of Kearney, and fiancé Mark Guagh, of Cameron, Jill Hilke and husband, Patrick, of Kansas City, and Joy King Fahrmeier and husband, Jeremy, of Kearney, and three grandchildren, who brought much joy to their lives, Ryan Hewitt and his wife, Katie, Kansas City, Ryan Hilke, Kansas City, and Abigail Hilke, Kansas City. Clarence's family will greatly miss his love for his family, friends and most of all his love for building.

"I love to build houses. People find me unusual because I'm 83 and still love to build. I remember what George Burns said ... 'find a job you love and you'll never work again.'" - Clarence E. King, Jr.

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