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Executive Director Of Generations Together Faced With Personal Tragedy

For more than a year, Tom King, the executive director at Generations Together has been working to keep their doors open. The day care center for toddlers had to close in December. The infant and adult center will have to move soon.

Wednesday, Tom and his family are dealing with the unexpected loss of their 28 year old son.  Tom's son was just like him, he loved helping others.  "He was a big soft hearted teddy bear of a guy and he was just as sweet as he could be," says Tom. 

Micah's passion was working with kids. He painted a mural just a year ago, which says "Never Doubt the Heart of a Champion"

"He was a big brother a best friend to many of the kids that we have," says Robbie Slocumb, Executive Director at the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas.  For 3 years, Micah had worked at the club.

"He has always had a knack for finding a kid that was hurting or isolated from other kids and the ones that just needed him and he would just love them," says Tom. 

Early Wednesday morning, Tom went to check on his son. "My son has sleep apnea real bad and it triggers seizures," says Tom.  Micah is supposed to wear a breathing apparatus while he sleeps.  "Last night he went to sleep without it on," says Tom.

Micah's sudden death comes at a time when Tom has been trying to raise funds for Generations Together. Micah had also worked along side his dad. Tom's dedication to the organization even meant going without a paycheck for the last six weeks.

Tom says Micah had his whole life ahead of him.   "He was going to graduate college to be a teacher," says Tom.

The King family has set up a fund to help out with funeral arrangements.  If you would like to help, you can make a donation to the Micah King Memorial Fund at any Southside Bank.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

 

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