Carol King is one of the few “true Florida natives” that I have had the pleasure to interview for this Spotlight article. She was born and raised in the small Victorian town of McIntosh, FL (founded 1890), located between Ocala and Gainesville. Her father was also a Florida native who loved fishing and boating on nearby Orange Lake. And, that is where he met Carol’s mother, a citizen of Scotland (from near Rosslyn Chapel, of The Da Vinci Code fame) who was visiting Florida with some friends when they took a boating excursion…and the rest is history. Carol and her sister grew up enjoying the unspoiled nature of old Florida while going to schools in Gainesville. Her father worked for the school board and later owned a plumbing business and her mother was a Registered Nurse providing critical care in the ICU. Although her dad has passed, her mother lives in Gainesville and only recently retired a few months before her 80th birthday. Carol’s sister still resides in Gainesville with her family which includes three children.
Inspired by her mother, providing care comes naturally to Carol, who now supports “the families” at Oakmonte Village as the Director of Sales for the assisted living and memory care facilities. Although she grew up in northern Florida, she moved to Orlando to attend UCF, graduating with a degree in Journalism in the Advertising/Public Relations track. She married young and had a son, who is now 23. He has recently moved back to Orlando, from Georgia, after playing football for Georgia Southern University. Carol spent his formative years raising her son and then went into the workforce in sales and account management for VS Media Group, an advertising agency focused on local Orlando businesses and the tourism business. Carol met her second husband, Darrell King, through mutual friends. Darrell’s daughter is the same age as Carol’s son, so that helped complete their family.
As we know, it is always “who you know” that opens doors. A friend of hers was working at Oakmonte Village and made a referral for Carol. She got the job in 2014! She says that she finds her work challenging and rewarding and draws on her personal experience with her aging parents.
Now that the children are grown, Carol and her husband are planning to travel. Both Italy and Germany are on their bucket list. She also enjoys reading and watching Victoria on Masterpiece on PBS.
Oakmonte Village is one of HWC’s valued sponsors and Carol has become involved with us through them. She has participated in some of the Boy’s & Girl’s Club birthday parties and our Galas. She has been active through her church in supporting various charities and she looks forward to joining in more HWC activities and meeting more of our members. Please look for Carol at our luncheons and share what you have enjoyed about our club with her.
By: Lee Granger