James Wilford King
James Wilford King was born January 5, 1928, to William and Mae King in Piggott, Ark., and departed his earthly life and entered into heaven’s gates December 18, 2017, at the age of 89.
He was united in marriage Nov. 23, 1946, to Marilyn Gallagher in Detroit, Mich. To this union three children were born – Sharon, Kim and Jim.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1952 and was a faithful and loving servant his entire life. His presence and encouraging words and smile will be greatly missed. He was an active member of Hitt’s Chapel General Baptist Church. He was an ordained deacon and served in that capacity for over 50 years. He was known to be a man of character and integrity, and lived a life that represented Christ in everything he did.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mae King Clayton; his wife of 59 and one-half years, Marilyn Gallagher King; two daughters, Sharon Wright and Kim Maclin; his brother, Bill King, and his sister, Gusta Currie.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Rhonda King of Marion, Ark.; his son-in-law, Darrel Maclin of Sikeston, Mo.; his sisters, Miriam Carpenter of Noblesville, Ind. and Shirley Christiansen of Alpine, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his special friend and companion, Maggie Parrish; and many other relatives and close Christian friends.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. in the Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home Chapel, in Piggott, with Justin King officiating and Charles Richardson assisting. Burial was in Piggott Cemetery. Visitation was held beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, and continued until the time of the service, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to be made to the Gideons.