The task of preparing the property for a landing strip entailed all sorts of excavation work, including dynamiting the hill at the end of what is now the airstrip, Boggs said.
They opened the airfield in 2000 and finished paving the 4,549-foot long runway in 2006. All in all, it took about 10 years, moving tons of earth and millions of the family's dollars to finish.
The airfield, in its central location, serves as a hub for the community to access other locations around the state that would normally be inconvenient. The closest airport for similar use is in Jackson County, about 35 to 40 minutes away from Spencer.
The airport's traffic varies day-to-day. Some days, there won't be a single plane that takes off or lands, but the next day, there are sometimes up to a dozen.
When King's wife was in the hospital at Point Pleasant, King parked his car at the airport, and flew from Spencer to the hospital during the remainder of his wife's stay.
"I see it as a community thing, not investment, but a community outreach to just give us one other way to get us in and out of town," he said. "He [Harry Boggs] loves flying, and he's willing to put his personal investment in to make sure the rest of us can do it. It's just cool. Praise the Lord for him. It would not be here if it were not for him, make no mistake."
King remembers when he was little, he used to go to the old airstrip in Spencer and watch planes take off and land. One day while he was "bumming around," he met Harry Boggs, who offered to give him a ride in his plane.
"I'd jump in his twin, and away we'd go," King said. "I thought for him to take that much time to take a kid with him, who he didn't really know or have a real investment in was pretty daggone special."
The creation of the airfield has also made a little community for the pilots, both past and present, in town. While King and Boggs were checking the plane and prepping for takeoff, another one of their friends rolled up in his Lincoln Towncar, parked it near the runway, and watched the plane take off.
"People who fly are kind of a unique breed. They stick together, enjoy company. At any given time you come up, there are two or three other pilots around, and there's something to talk about," he said.
Flying has been a big part of King's life. He taught his dad to fly, and also taught his son, who is now a pilot for UPS. King's grandson, 14, has also expressed an interest in flying.
"There's nothing quite as beautiful as God's green earth from [the air]. It's just beautiful and we never tire of that," he said.
The "West Virginia Uncovered" project was created to cultivate online innovation and storytelling among the Mountain State's community newspapers.
For the last two years, students from the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism have crisscrossed the back roads and small towns of West Virginia, working with about a dozen weekly newspapers and looking for untold stories. In addition, the participating newspapers receive training in online and multimedia journalism at WVU. The West Virginia Uncovered project is supported by grants from the McCormick Foundation, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Ford Foundation.