Meet THE TWINS
Although Katherine and Margaret were born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the twins and their three siblings, Bill, Kirk and Allan, grew up in the north central hills of Mississippi in Oxford, a university town and a place they have always loved. Home is where the heart is rings true for The King Twins—in Oxford.
Katherine Cecile King graduated from The University of Mississippi in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with an emphasis in mathematics. In 1971 she received a Master’s of Education Degree from The University of Mississippi with an emphasis in guidance and counseling and graduated with a Master’s of Science in mathematics in 1987 from The University of Mississippi. During her teaching career Katherine was twice named Star Teacher. In 2005, she received the Headway Educator of the Year Award, recognizing her as the outstanding teacher at Northwest Community College. In 2008 Katherine was named the Lamplighter Educator of the Year from Northwest Community College. She is semi-retired, serving as adjunct instructor in mathematics at Ole Miss.
Margaret Elizabeth King graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with an emphasis in history. Following a brief teaching career, she began working with the federal government as a Courtroom Clerk with United States District Judge Orma R. Smith in the Northern District of Mississippi. After nine years, Margaret transitioned to Farmers Home Administration/Rural Development. While working with Rural Development, she twice received the highest award given to a government employee—The Distinguished Service Award. She also received the Department of Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, the highest civilian award given by the military.
Both Katherine and Margaret are retired and find community service important. They belong to the Oxford Exchange Club, where Margaret has served as President and as Secretary. She is President-Elect of the Mississippi Exchange District. Margaret is a former board member of the Exchange Club Family Center and the Interfaith Compassion Ministry board. She is currently a board member of the Oxford Boys and Girls Club. Both authors contribute to Backpacks for the Homeless, a program that Margaret founded in the Oxford area. Katherine created Santa Cause in 2010, at the Oxford campus of NWCC, whereby faculty identify needy students and donate gifts to their children at Christmas. They are both members of the Oxford University United Methodist Church.