RIP Chris King

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This is an image that was shared during a Wharton County Commissioners Court meeting on Monday, Jan. 13 regarding a plaque to honor the late Chris King, who was Pct. 2 commissioner since 1991 until his passing last year.

The Wharton County Commissioners Court unanimously approved to purchase a plaque on behalf of the late Chris King.

King’s tenure as Precinct 2 commissioners lasted for decades after having been elected for the first time in 1991.

King, 64, passed away last year while he was still serving in office. He was elected to the office once against in 2018 after running unopposed in the Republican Primary.

Since King died on July 23, 2019, the commissioners had spoken about various ways to honor King, whose county office was based in East Bernard.

Rusty Graves has since been appointed to the seat.

During the regular Monday, Jan. 13 meeting, commissioners said the plaque would be placed inside the East Bernard annex of the Wharton County Library System.

A date has not been set for a dedication, the commissioners said during the meeting.

They did all approve to spend $1,533 for the plaque that will come out of the Contract Service Fund.

The commissioners only had a piece of paper to view the work and each was very pleased with what the final product looked like.

When the Wharton Journal-Spectator posted information about the county’s plaque approval on its Facebook page, several likes and some positive comments were made.

Many also complimented King for his efforts as commissioner, although in the final months, it was plain to see he was suffering from health problems.

King had three children, Ryan, 38, of Sugar Land, Leslie Quinnell, 35 of Austin, and Matthew, 31 of East Bernard.  

The family said King was single but engaged to Debbie Guthman, of East Bernard. 

The family said King “spoke often that he felt blessed he was able to continue working for his constituents throughout his short illness, and in fact, attended his last commissioners court only a few days before he died.”

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