Thomas Jefferson King Sr.

October 6, 1945May 2, 2021

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Thomas J. King Sr., of Winter Haven, FL on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at the age of 75 years.

Tommy was born on October 6, 1945 in Lawrenceburg, TN to Eunie and Johnny Thomas King. In 1962, he met the love of his life, Betty and would go on to say it was “love at first sight”. At the age of 19, he started working at a jewelry store in Nashville. Although he was hired to sweep and clean up, his curiosity about the business quickly lead to an apprenticeship which would later flourish into a life-long career as a jeweler. He would go on to open a Jewelry store in Brentwood, TN.

In 1982 he moved with his family to Winter Haven. He continued his career as a jeweler owning multiple jewelry stores around town, and working at Midas Jewelers for 27 years. Additionally, he was proud to work alongside his closest friend Max Mayer of Mayer’s Jewelers and Jerry and Shirley Goldsmith of G&S Jewelers.

He was a wonderful father who always took care of his children and did the best he could to teach and guide them. He was also a loving grandfather, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren refer to him as “Dedo”.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Betty; children: Melody, Sissy (Tommy), and Jeff (Darla); grandchildren: Ashley (Adam), Jeffery (Amy), Tiffani (Brian), Matthew (Amber), Alyssa, Kyndahl, Garrett (Savannah); 10 great-grandchildren; siblings: Johnny (Lisa) and Glenda (Wayne).

Thomas was predeceased by his parents, Eunie and Johnny, and his sister Mary.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens in Auburndale, FL.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021


Thomas Jefferson King Sr.

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Gene Stonewall

May 6, 2021

Betty and family,
So very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Tommy on various occasions. Our sympathy and condolences to all of you.

Alice Golden

May 5, 2021 we are going to miss you! When we were all much younger, and in Wahnetta Florida, We had the greatest of times. I remember the time that I made meatloaf for you all. Oh boy, ya really wanted some meatloaf. I guess the reason it stood out in my mind the most is because of your appealing laugh. It seem to light up the room everytime you chuckled. I can still hear you! I can only imagine the laughter we will hear in heaven. When I get there I'm sure I will be able to pick yours out from the crowd. We'll see you soon. Until then, set back and enjoy the Joys of the Lord!

Tammie Barron

May 5, 2021

Hello My name is Tammie Russell Barron. I’m Tommy’s cousin. I’m sorry to hear bout your loss. Please know the Russell Family has you all in our thoughts and prayers. I remember driving Aunt Eunie, Uncle Jeff and my mother Gethel to Florida many years ago. We stayed with Tommy and Betty. Wonderful memories. We love you all. Love , Tammie

Kim Holley Ashburn

May 5, 2021

Heaven welcomed an amazing man on May 2nd. Uncle Tommy was a very kind, loving, and considerate person. He loved deeply and in return was loved deeply by his family. I will miss him hollering at me from his workshop!! I love you uncle Tommy and will miss you. Until we meet again.....

Mindy Keen

May 5, 2021

I knew Mr King for most of my life. He use to make alot of my parents jewelry!!! He will be deeply missed.. Prayers for the family!!❤❤❤❤

Tommy Smith

May 4, 2021

Hello I'm Tommy's cousin. My mother was ollie rebecca's cates eunies sister
So sorry for your loss
Love you

Tammy Ferguson

May 4, 2021

I first met Mr. King when he was doing jewelry repair for Midas Jewelers & would run into him here & there when running errands after he retired. He would always take a minute to talk with me. He & his family are some of the nicest people I have met. Your family are in my thoughts & prayers & you will definitely be missed by all.

Shirley Graham

May 4, 2021

I am his aunt although I am 8 years younger.
When I was a little girl Tommy taught me to tie my shoes. He was always such a sweet kind person.
He will be so missed in this world by all that knew him and loved him. I plan to see him again one day in heaven♡♡♡
My deepest heartfelt condolences to Betty his beloved wife and his family. We will hold you up in prayer in the coming days ahead. All my love ♡♡♡Shirley

Pip Greene

May 4, 2021

Uncle Tommy I will miss coming to see you when I come home to visit . RIP Uncle.

Bruce Waddell

May 4, 2021

Mr. King was a very nice man and a good man . He has a great family and a great wife who will always miss him. Prayers for the family.