King embraces neighborly love

Published 9:19 am Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bea King is a fan of helping her neighbors and is most known throughout Charlotte County for preserving history and genealogy through her efforts with Charlotte County Historical and Genealogical Society.

King also documents cemeteries and prides herself on having a great sense of humor.

“There are many situations that could be explored, but to me the most important is kindness. Whether you live beside someone or in a different town, county or state, we are all neighbors, friends and family,” said King. “Our needs are all the same. Money means nothing when it comes to compassion, kindness and a helping hand.”

King said in the giving spirit, if she could win $1 million, she would donate the money to Charlotte County’s Barksdale Cancer Foundation (BCF).

“The money raised by the BCF stays in my home county to help people that live there,” she said.

The BCF has raised numerous funds to assist cancer patients in the county for years.

In addition to documenting cemeteries and genealogy, King said she also enjoys fishing and a good game of bowling. If given the chance, King said she would visit her uncle’s grave in Germany.

“I will be the first to say I love my cellphone, computer and internet, but nothing compares to sitting on the front porch drinking a cup of coffee with a neighbor,” said King. “No device can take the place of a hug, smile, handshake or a cheerful ‘good morning or evening,’” she said.

King said the Aspen Community Association’s mission statement hits home for her, which is described as a nonprofit dedicated to the welfare and improvement of those in the community. Additionally, fundraisers are held to support community activities.

According to King, it is a “wonderful way to get to know, support, and lend a helping