Claude King

February 5, 1923March 7, 2013

Funeral services for Country Music Singer Claude King, 90, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Centuries Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Billy Franks and Rev. Tim Maloy officiating. Interment will follow in Centuries Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday March 12, 2013 at the Centuries Memorial Funeral Home.

Claude was born February 5, 1923 in Keithville, LA and passed away March 7, 2013 in Shreveport after a lengthy illness. Mr. King was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He learned to love the outdoors, hunting and fishing at a very early age. His love for music was evident at an early age and he bought his first guitar at the age of twelve. In high school and college, he was an outstanding athlete in baseball and football. He formed a band with Buddy Attaway and Tillman Franks called the Rainbow Boys, and they started playing around Shreveport in their spare time. He wrote and recorded many songs throughout his career probably the most recognized song was “Wolverton Mountain” which reached the # 1 position on the charts on June 30, 1962. He was inducted into the Louisiana Country Music Hall of Fame and inducted into the Walk of Stars in Shreveport.

Mr. King was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jeana Marie King; brother, George, Perry, and Henry and sisters, Bessie,Marion, and Annie Mae Attaway.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara King; sons, Duane Coco King; Bradley T. King, and Jerome Jay King and wife Julie St.Onge; grandchildren, Brandi Coco King, Dustin Coco King, Stacey King, Christopher C. King, Claudette King, Leigh Anne King, and numerous great grandchildren, sister-in-law Shirley Corrales, numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Shan Allison, Don Sims, Davy Daniels, Russell King, Robert King, Albert Mazzone, Mark Chamness, and Joseph Brown.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Dustin King, Hunt Powell, Paul Brown, Bud Christian, and Ben Cato.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Doctors and Staff at Overton Brooks V A Medical Center, for their kind and loving care.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, March 12, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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March 7, 2016

Condolences to loved ones. May fond memories and comfort from others bring solace to you.


August 1, 2015

I will never forget you and the great Wovertin Mountain popular in my senior year of HS. Brings back warm memories of a beautiful voice very under rated. RIP

Al Swanson

September 22, 2014

My condolence to the King family on your loss. His music touched our family deeply in the 1960's. My uncles would sit with us children at the time and cover his songs. I particularly loved Wolverton Moutain, which I still play to this day. God bless him.

Les and Amy (Frey) Tiller

July 13, 2013

Duane and Family,

Your dad will always live on in all of our memories. His music and what he meant to our community is legendary. I am proud to have been your neighbor when we were growing up in the Woodlawn area. And your friend throughout life. Love to you and yours.

Howard Knight

May 30, 2013

Barbara and Boys,
I wish I had known about Claude's passing as I would have been there with you. He was a great man and a wonderful friend to me. I will always treasure my memories of our times together in the studio, on the road, visiting him there, and our phone conversations.

God will give you the strength to get past this lost but you will never get over it as his memories live on in your hearts and minds. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Howard

April 13, 2013

Anglares Dominique

March 29, 2013

Dear Barbara and family,

I'm praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you and loving memories to help you smile again.

My walking dreams often brings me in the empty auditoriums left dusty since decades, then I stroll behind the velvet curtain to look on backstage area. Sometime there's an unknow or a celeb standing there, a real old man, holding a guitar. If the guy like we talk about the old days and try together to put all the various pieces of the puzzle of its life and time. If he rather like to stay silent, being tired by years, it doesn't not matter 'cause I still had in head the last chord of the song he was singing all alone before I come in.
Claude was one of these precious friends who loaned me the auditorium's key and helped me to make that world a better place with my ballpen. Music is a gift of God and a strong weapon for love!

March 28, 2013

I was sorry to hear of Claude King's
recent passing and I send my prayers
& love to all his family members for
their great loss.
Hes probably already playing his music
and has everyone smiling just as he did
for everyone of us left behind.
May God protect & watch over his family
members as Claude would want that for sure. God bless them all.
Alma Ray Stevens-Thigpen
Poway, Ca. (San Diego North County)

Janet Todd

March 26, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the King family.
From the beautiful music I first heard in Cedar Grove in the early 60's to the songs still being played, only now we hear them straight from Heaven. We were all so blessed.

Larry W Jones

March 23, 2013

Tribute song for Claude King:

Wolverton Mountain Man (Larry W Jones 03/20/2013) (song#6679)

Well, I was just a young lad going with the flow
When I first heard Claude King sing on the radio
I was at a soda fountain in Louisian
Listnin' 'bout a big bad Wolverton Mountain man

Now, old man Clowers made good hard liquor brandy
With a gun and a knife he was mighty handy
He had a pretty young daughter with raven hair
But Wolverton bears and birds protected her there


Now I'm an older man and time goes marching on
And it was in March when I heard Claude King was gone
I wonder if he ever kissed Clifton's daughter's sweet lips
Or if he married that girl on one of his trips

I know Claude King climbed up on Wolverton Mountain
Cause all of his dreams were with that young girl he loved
He took his chances up on Wolverton Mountain
It was too lonesome down below than up above

Well, I was just a young lad going with the flow
When I first heard Claude King sing on the radio
Up on that Wolverton Mountain he loved her so