25 Jan Couples: The Kings
HER: Abby King
Where did you grow up: I grew up in Muscatine, Iowa, and Conway.
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Central Arkansas.
Job: Owner of HipSway.
Parents: Shea Cantabery of Charmco, W.Va., and Rick Cantabery of Beckley, W.Va.
Community activities: Guardian sponsor for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. I always try to give back whether it is supporting the Faulkner County S.P.C.A, Bethlehem House or the Children’s Advocacy Alliance.
Church activities: Our house is very Christ-centered. We live by the scripture: “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
Hobbies/special interests: Spending time with family and friends. I enjoy biking, running and jump roping. I love anything that has to do with fashion. I absolutely love going to market whether it is Las Vegas or Dallas.
How would you describe yourself: I am very fun, quirky and outgoing. I always strive to see the positive in everyone and in every situation. I LOVE being a mom and a wife. I have my No. 1 supporter who is my husband Stuart. My son Khyler is the light of my life. Our family will be growing come April when our daughter KateLeigh is born.
Favorite restaurant in the 501: Cross Creek Sandwich Shop.
Most enjoyed weekend activity: Spending quality time with family.
Favorite quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi
What do you love about living in the 501: I absolutely love Conway’s downtown. I have not been to another town that has a unique downtown quite like Conway. The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Partnership of Conway have done an amazing job with downtown (of course all over Conway as well). It is so fun to be able to shop, eat, bank and play all while being in downtown. I love how friendly everyone in the 501 is. You can’t walk down the street without someone smiling and saying hi.
HIM: Stu King
Where did you grow up: Pine Bluff.
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from the University of Central Arkansas.
Job: Manager of Superior Senior Care.
Parents: Dr. Y.Y. King and Lila King of Pine Bluff.
Church activities: We are a family of strong Christian faith. Our focus is to live a life that is pure and demonstrates the values of our beliefs.
Hobbies/special interests: I enjoy the simple things in life. I am an avid Razorback fan as well as a UCA Bear fan. I like to push myself and try anything at least once. I have completed a marathon as well as a “tough mudder.” When the weather is right, I enjoy spending time on the golf course or at the pool.
How would you describe yourself: First and foremost, a family man. I am so lucky to have such an amazing family. I have the most amazing and beautiful wife, a handsome son, Khyler; and our daughter KateLeigh will be joining our family in April. I am beyond blessed and could not imagine my life any other way.
Favorite restaurant in the 501: Pasta Grill.
Most enjoyed weekend activity: Spending time with family and friends.
Favorite quote: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night, saying we’ve done something wonderful, that matters to me.” — Steve Jobs
What do you love about living in the 501: There is so much to offer in the 501. Entertainment, dining and shopping are all a short drive away. Conway is a thriving city that continues to grow. The atmosphere that Conway delivers is amazing; it is a place that everyone can love.
Residents of: Conway.
How we met: We first met at the HPER center at UCA.
The proposal: In January 2007, while dining at Michelangelo’s, Stu asked Abby to be his wife.
Wedding bells: May 17, 2008, at Longboat Key, Fla.
Children: Khyler and KateLeigh.
Pets: Dogs Libby and Baxter.
Family activities enjoyed together: Shopping local, cooking, going for walks, biking, arts and crafts and golf.