Four States Living Tribute To Women
During her speeches, Christian author and speaker, Joyce Meyer, often says: “When you begin to worry, go find something to do. Get busy being a blessing to someone; do something fruitful. Worrying will not solve your problem.” Rhonda King strives to follow those life’s instructions, while being a humble servant who listens to God for daily direction.
Rhonda King has always felt love and support from her family, even as a child. “I had the best childhood ever,” she explains, “thanks to good parents who invested in me, two sisters who have always been there for me, and a great husband, Bill. Knowing that I am loved has always been a ‘given.’”
Raising five great kids (Clint, Lauren, Kadie, Chasen, and Jay) in a step-family dynamic is a feat that Rhonda calls her proudest personal accomplishment. She and Bill are now empty-nesters, with all of their kids married with 12 children of their own (and more to come).
A woman with many talents, Rhonda served as an assistant property manager in Las Colinas after graduating from Hendrix College. In her early days, she worked as a fitness instructor in Springfield, Missouri, served as an occupational therapy aide in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a grants administrative assistant in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and a vocational instructor for the State of Arkansas. Prior to her retirement, she was director of Colonial Lodge (an assisted living/retirement community), worked in marketing for Grand Storage Solutions, and was in social services for a nursing home in Kansas City.
Listening to others and letting them know she cares about them is a passion of Rhonda’s. She loves going to sleep at night knowing that she has been able to bless someone that day. “I’ve served 16 years as a Kiwanian, an organization that helps
the Texarkana community in countless ways,” Rhonda says. “I have been a MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) mentor for four years, and I’m a member of a knitting/crochet circle that makes handmade caps for chemo patients which I collect and distribute to our local cancer centers.” She and Bill also co-teach a “Marriage Matters” Sunday morning class and facilitate a step-family support group at First Baptist Church Texarkana.
The Way Leanne Wright sees her
Rhonda King is the kind of person who sees a need and fills it. Often behind-the-scenes and without any fanfare or recognition, she just has a knack for taking care of people and being there when they need her. Whether it’s blankets for a homeless shelter or handmade hat creations for cancer patients, she’ll be there, quietly making sure everyone feels surrounded by love. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Texarkana and has been an active member of First Baptist Church Texarkana for many years. She’s the kind of friend who will send you a random text, having no idea that you were in need of a bright spot in your day. Her positive energy and outlook are contagious, giving an immediate boost to anyone fortunate enough to be near her. She has a genuinely kind and giving heart, and I am fortunate to call her a friend.
What is something unique about you that most people would not know?
“I inherited my Daddy’s violin which is at least 100+ years old, and I aspire to play it well one day.”
If you could have dinner with one person, famous or not, living or would it be?
“Jesus, of course! I would go ‘light’ on the food, and ‘heavy’ on the questions!”
If you could travel to space, and it was free, would you go?
“Absolutely not! I’m not a fan of the dark unknown or the confinement of small spaces.”
What music do you listen to in your vehicle?
What did you imagine yourself being when you were growing up? “I saw myself as an independent career woman; I just had no idea what that career would be. I think the influence was from watching ‘That Girl’ and wishing I was Marlo Thomas.”
What is the last gift you gave someone?
“I gave flowers to console someone after a pet’s death.”
What is your favorite meal that you order regularly at a local establishment?
“Gusano’s lunch salad + pizza special from my favorite waitress, Kendra. She always makes us laugh and treats us well.”
If there was a movie produced about your life, which actress would portray you?
“That answer would also be Marlo Thomas.”