COVID-19 has created many challenges and uncertainties for a lot of people over the last 3 months here in the Highlands, but it’s given one local Master Plumber time to complete a continuing education course online! That Master Plumber is Dennis King, of Chapman Plumbing, Heating and Air in Covington.
Dennis King worked as a Millwright for 43 years at Westvaco Corporation in Covington before retiring on his 62nd birthday, July 31, 2008. Shortly after his retirement, Dennis’s Mount Hope High School sweetheart and wife Connie was diagnosed with cancer. He spent the next 10 months taking care of her. She lost her battle with cancer on August 12, 2009. Although his service at Chapman started out as a need for a day, he has served faithfully for the last 10 years. His late wife, Connie worked for Chapman Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. and purchased the company in 1990. Dennis would often help in the field when needed throughout the years, when he had a day off at the mill.
In December that same year, his daughter Tiffany Sanders and now owner of Chapman Plumbing, Heating and Air called and asked if he could help carry a furnace to a job site due to being short handed. Dennis came in that day to help and that turned into 2 days and that turned into 3 days. They both soon realized he was needed and from there he began his unexpected second career. King studied and passed the exam to become a Master Plumber in 2018. He holds a freon license, and has attended Ruud factory training in Atlanta, Georgia and Sterling water filtration training, Last month, while quarantined, he studied and did the online continuing education course to maintain his Master Plumber License.
Dennis King is a hard worker, determined and dedicated to helping others professionally. Dennis is also a life member of the Westvaco Rescue Squad, a member of the Masonic Lodge, 171, was a member of the Girl Scouts of America. Yes, he was a Girl Scout along with his wife, daughters Gina Dawn and Tiffany. He is a member of Edgemont ARP Church where he has served as a youth group leader, Deacon and member of the Session.