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Brookshire Grocery Co.’s (BGC) CFO, Tim King, died March 3 after a brief illness.
Born in 1961, King joined BGC, a privately held grocery chain based in Tyler, Texas, at the age of 16, working as a part-time warehouseman while attending Robert E. Lee High School. He continued to work for BGC as a part-time sacker and stocker until he completed a BBA degree at the University of Texas in Austin in 1984.
King worked at the Squyres, Johnson, Squyres accounting firm for five years, and earned his CPA licensure in 1989.
In 1990, he joined BGC corporate as a financial accountant. King went on to become corporate tax manager, director financial accounting, VP/controller, SVP/CFO/controller, EVP/CFO/controller and, most recently EVP and CFO, in which position he oversaw all financial aspects of the company, including accounting, treasury, legal and risk management areas. In recent years, he played an instrumental role in preparing BGC for its transitions to category management and SAP business processes and technology.
“Tim was a wise, brilliant and excellent business partner,” said Rick Rayford, BGC’s president/CEO. “More importantly, his honesty and integrity were impeccable, his Christian beliefs were uplifting, his love for his family was inspiring, his leadership skills were exceptional, and his love of life was a constant encouragement to all. He was truly a servant leader who was loved by all who had the unique opportunity to work with him.”
King served on the board of directors for BGC and was affiliated with the Texas Society of CPAs, the Texas Retailers Association, the Food Marketing Institute and the AICPA. He was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler, and was also involved in Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, the Children’s Advocacy Center and Tyler Economic Development Council, among other organizations.
King’s survivors include his wife of 23 years, Lisa, and his sons, Tucker and Tanner.