Jerry Carter King passed on December 28, 2021, suddenly from a non-COVID related short illness. He was 81 years old.

King was born September 23, 1940, in Colorado City, Texas, to B.F. “Shark” King and Dorothy C. King. He attended Texas A&M University before completing his university studies at Texas Tech University, where he met his future wife, Kathleen.

Through various locales in West Texas, King began a long and storied career in the construction industry. He started in road and bridge construction with Cooper Construction of Odessa, Texas, and Darbyshire Steel Fabricators of El Paso, Texas, during the 1960’s before finding a place in the commercial glass industry. He began his career in the industry in 1971 as a sales representative for PPG Architectural Metals.

In 1978, King acquired Southwest Glass of Houston and was president until he sold his interest to its current owner in 2006, according to his obituary.

In 1986, he was a founding partner in Houston fabrication shop Brake Shapes until its full acquisition by Glass Wholesalers, now a wholly owned portion of the OBE family.

In 1995, he and an industry friend founded Window Systems of Texas, which was solely managed by his friend as its general manager until passing in 2016.

In 2016, King came out of retirement to manage Window Systems of Texas. Its stock sale acquisition by its current owner in 2018 had King retire once more.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen; son Steven H. King and his wife Helen; son Trevor W. King and his wife Mary Beth; and daughter Melissa C. Solomons (King) and her husband Paul; his only sister, Sabra Gent; eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was an avid golfer for more than 25 years and held several DAL course records. He also owned several sailboats throughout the 1970s and 1980s, becoming a nautical native to the waters of Lake Conroe, says his obituary.

Services were held January 3, 2022, at the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery, Texas. Burial will be January 4, 2022, at 3 p.m. at Calvary Hill Cemetery located at 21723 Aldine Westfield Rd., Humble, Texas.