Hennon L. King: History of the Man and the Company
King Ford, LINCOLN, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Kawasaki
Hennon L. King Sr. is an Alabaman business man with a passion for
service. In February of 1969, Mr. King and his wife Barbara opened their
first Ford dealership in what was the Old Martin Theater building
located in Lafayette, Alabama. Since day one, Mr. King set out to
provide an invaluable service the local community.
In 1980, Mr. King added the Chrysler and Dodge franchises to his
family of dealerships, and purchased West Point Ford, Mercury in 1983.
In 1985, he established King Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge,
combining the dealerships at its current multi-million dollar complex.
In 1987, he added Lincoln to the franchise.
In September of 1989, King Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge
became an accredited business member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
where they currently hold an A+ rating, the highest score possible.
In 1993, King purchased a Chevrolet dealership adjacent to the Ford store, expanding the complex's total to a whopping 28 acres.
With his good-neighbor polices, Mr. King and his business began
winning numerous awards from both auto franchises and the local
In 1994, the City of Valley proclaimed February 15th “Hennon King Sr.
Day” in recognition of his timeless service and major contributions to
several charitable organizations of this area.
On March 27th, 2008, the City of Valley and Chambers County declared
the bridge over I-85 at exit 77, near Mr. King's business, be named the
“Hennon King Bridge” . Today, King Ford, LINCOLN, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep,
Ram, Chevrolet and Kawasaki is still family-owned and operated, and is
one of the few auto dealers that remains locally owned and family
operated for the past 45 years. King Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chrysler,
Dodge is located in Valley, AL but also serving Phenix City, AL, Auburn,
AL, Opelika, AL, Columbus, GA, and LaGrange, GA.
King Auto Corner Today
Hennon King Jr. (better known as Jr.), along with his sister Tanya
Waldrop and the entire King staff, continue to operate King Auto Corner
with its founder's good-neighbor vision, and remain true to the motto “Small enough to know you and large enough to serve you.”