Hugh Gaston King IV

Monday 9th of May 2022

Hugh Gaston King IV

Services

Visitation

May 15, 2022 (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Milward - Southland

391 Southland Dr., Lexington, KY

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Hugh G. King IV said his final goodbyes on May 9, 2022 — a beautiful Spring day in the Bluegrass. A true horseman till the end, it was only right that he waited until the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby before heading to greener pastures.
By his friends, Hugh will be remembered as the cantankerous, yet loyal man he was. His charisma and boisterous voice made him the center of most gatherings. Undoubtedly, memories of his quick wit and clever humor will paint their thoughts of him for years to come.
To his parents, Hugh will be remembered as their strong-willed first born. He was hard-headed like his mother, yet as equally tender hearted. Repeated visits to fix lawn mowers, and bring much adored Spalding’s donuts, will survive him as fond and much appreciated remembrances.
To his sister, he will be remembered as, “Huey,” one who was always ready to lend a hand or speak the God-honest, no fluff truth.
To his children, dad or “dadders,” will be remembered as a lyricist — constantly bellowing new, spontaneous songs such as “Honey Bear We Love Your Cereal” or “Ol’ Mooney Magee” throughout the halls of their home. A true music aficionado, days were filled with tunes of every genre — Bluegrass, Rock, Gospel and Country would be on the radio at any given moment. He will be remembered as a Jeopardy-lover. 7:30 pm was a sacred time in the King household, where the living room became a hub of trivia. He will be remembered as a true “foody” always asking, “now, what was the best meal?” After any of his people returned from a trip.
To his wife, Hugh will be remembered as her love of nearly four decades. From days on the lake, weekends at the camp site, getaways to the beach, and countless evenings sitting on the front porch, their love-story is survived by their living-legacy — two beautiful children, their beloved daughter-in-law and their adored newest addition, an adorable granddaughter (to whom he will be remembered as Papaw). Hugh will be forever remembered as Mr. Fix-It, an expert, passionate horse-trainer, a visionary creative, a committed gardener, a loving husband, a caring father.
Hugh is survived by his wife Karen; his son Mason and daughter-in-law Kelsey; his daughter Bailee; his granddaughter Noah; his parents Hugh and Barbara; his sister Tyler and brother-in-law Al; his nephew Trey; his brother-in-law Kenneth and sister-in-law Chelsey. Hugh was predeceased by his brother Brent.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 15th at Milward - Southland located at 391 Southland Drive. 

To share a remembrance of Hugh or to offer condolences to his family, please sign the online guestbook at milwardfuneral.com.

Guest Book

Gail Lawlor

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Karen my dear friend , I am so deeply saddened to hear of Hugh’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . May God bless you all at this difficult time. Love you Gail

1 week ago

George B Dunn

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He was a good friend of mine and Mason we spent lots of weekends on my farm camping hunting drinking ATV riding laughing and joking he spent a lot of time helping me through my own personal hard times he’s a true friend he’ll be remembered in my heart and in my mind love you guys

1 week ago

Bobby Simmons

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I am so sorry to hear of this. To say he was larger than life is an understatement. We lost a good one.

1 week ago

Timothy White

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To say that I am shocked to learn of Hugh's passing is an understatement. Although we had drifted apart over the years, I always valued his friendship, humor, appreciation of good music and so much more. My thoughts and prayers go out to Karen, Mason, Bailee, his parents and all of his extended family and friends. We have lost a true one of a kind friend and loved one. Hugh, if you can get this message I ask you to say "Hello" to Brent, Kes, P.R., Kay Cascio, and any others I may be too shocked to remember. One other thing- I expect you to have a nice big heavenly houseboat reserved for all of us when we see you again ! For now, you are sorely missed.

1 week ago

John Miller

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Although I didn't run into him as much any more, Hugh and other members of the King Family and I go way back. He was always a good friend and would always go out of his way to say hi. Having just been treated for prostate cancer last December, Hugh's death hits really close to home. My condolences to his family.

1 week ago

Allison Turner

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I still can't wrap my head around the fact that Huey is gone; it doesn't seem possible. No doubt the heavens are rejoicing now that this amazing, larger-than-life guy has joined their ranks. Huey was a great cousin, who was loving, caring and an all around wonderful human! Thank you for being Huey, this world is a better place because you were in it! I'm blessed to have had you as part of my family and I will miss you forever. Love you to the moon and back. Sending so much love to Uncle Hugh, Aunt Barbara, Karen, Mason, Bailee, Kelsey, Noah, Tyler, Al and Trey at this difficult time.

1 week ago