Judge Howard P. King was born in Greenville, SC in 1939. His father, the late William G. King was originally from Rockford, IL. and lived in several northeastern cities before moving to the south in 1925. His mother, the late Maude Pickett, was a Greenville native.
Judge King attended public schools in Greenville, graduating from Greenville High School in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from The Citadel in 1961. While at The Citadel, he was on the Dean's List, received a Presidential Scholarship, and earned the J.D. Seahorne Award as Commander of the Outstanding Drill Platoon.
Upon graduation he received a commission as a 2nd Lt., U.S. Army and served two years on active duty at Fort Sill, OK and Giessen, Germany. He attended the University of Tennessee and University of South Carolina Schools of Law and received his juris doctorate degree in 1966. He was Comments Editor for the SC Law Review and a member of Wig and Robe.
Upon law school graduation, he moved to Sumter and practiced law until 1996 with the firm of Bryan, Bahnmuller, King, Goldman & McElveen. While in private practice, he was active in bar activities, serving as treasurer, secretary, president-elect, and president of the South Carolina Bar. He also is a past president of the Sumter County Bar Association. Judge King served as a S.C. Bar delegate to the American Bar Association for four years.
Elected by the S.C. General Assembly to the position of Resident Judge, seat two, 3rd Judicial Circuit in February 1996, Judge King served in that position until June 30, 2006 when he retired. He continues to serve in a retired/active capacity. He serves on the Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct and formerly served on the Commission for Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Sanford upon his retirement as a resident judge.
In addition to his membership in the S.C. Bar and the Sumter County Bar Association, Judge King is a member of the American Bar Association, and past member of the American Association of Trial Lawyers, the Defense Research Institute, and the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association. He is admitted to practice in all South Carolina Courts, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Judge King is a past president of the Sumter Lions Club. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he has served as a member of the Williams Brice building committee, Trustee, Chairman of the Administrative Board, and on the Staff/Parish Relations Committee. Judge King also served as a member of the Sumter County Library Board. He is married to Nancy Ariail and they have two daughters, Leslie K. Ducey, a K-5 teacher in Savannah, GA, and Ariail E. King, an attorney in private practice in Columbia, SC. They are also grandparents to the world's greatest grandsons, Ryan, Reagan, and Ross Ducey.