Monday, March 07, 2005

Major King

I've been working on family history over the weekend. That explains the vacancy here on the blog. I've been thinking about some topics, however.

Sadly, I'm home today to attend the funeral of an uncle on B's side. He was a man with an ebullient personality, warm ties with his family, and a knack for selling. Here are extracts from the obit in the Washington Post.

Charles R. 'Major' King Auto Dealer

Charles R. "Major" King, 68, who with a business partner owned and managed four Ourisman auto dealerships in the Washington area, died March 2 at Anne Arundel Medical Center of complications from a broken hip. He lived in Davidsonville.

Mr. King was born in Boonesboro, Md., and raised in Baltimore, where after graduating from high school, he sold cars with his father at A.D. Anderson Chevrolet.

He then spent four years in the Army before returning to A.D. Anderson in the early 1960s. In 1971, he joined Ourisman Chevrolet in Marlow Heights and helped lead the dealership to sell more than 8,000 vehicles annually.

In 1978, Mr. King partnered with Danny Korengold to buy Ourisman Dodge in Alexandria, followed by Ourisman World of Ford in Alexandria in 1982, Ourisman Fairfax Toyota in 1989 and Ourisman Chantilly Toyota in 2002.

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