ETX Philanthropist, Chick-Fil-A Owner Passed Away Today

TYLER (KYTX)- Today, Claude "Ed" King passed away. 

Mr. King, has been a long-time philanthropist in East Texas and owner of Tyler Highlands Village Shopping Center Chick-Fil-A. He is known for his generosity with Salvation Army, Children's Miracle Network, Meals on Wheels and American Cancer Society.

Majors Ben and Doris Lawrence of The Salvation Army released this statement: "Former Advisory Board Member, Ed King, truly understood the mission of The Salvation Army and supported it in every way. We are eternally grateful for who he was and take comfort in knowing that he was promoted to Glory...from angel on Earth to angel in Heaven. Our prayers are with his family and friends at this time."

CBS 19 Local Sales Manager Holly Carroll says it was King's love for children that inspired him to sponsor Children are a Gift on CBS 19 for years.

Mr. King died today and services are likely to be Sunday at Green Acres Baptist Church, according to Stewart Funeral Home.


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