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Reverend Michael Kennard King was born on April 6, 1951, in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Mr. Louis King and Vivian Gloria (Grant) King. He graduated from Stanton High School in Jacksonville, Florida and later attended Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida.
At an early age, he became a faithful member of Greater Grant Memorial AME Church in Jacksonville, FL, and was later called into the Christian ministry. He dutifully pastored many churches over the course of his lifetime, including, Brooks Chapel A.M.E. Church, Crowell, Texas, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Sweetwater, Texas, Baker’s Chapel A.M.E. Church, Big Springs, Texas, Greater St. James A.M.E. Church, San Angelo, Texas, St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, Pittsburg, Texas, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Athens, Texas, Greater James Temple A.M.E. Church, Dallas, Texas, and most recently at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He loved and served the A.M.E. Church in many capacities, including the Board of Examiners and on the District Trustee Board.
He was a faithful member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Texas where he served as member and Worshipful Master of Golden Compass #60 in Pittsburg, Texas, as a member of Mystic Tie #3 Holy Royal Arch of Texas, and the Lawrence “Pap” Anderson #6 Royal and Select Masters Council. He also served as District Deputy Grand Master of District #1 and he served as Assistant Grand Chaplain of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas for several years. He loved all types of sports, including bowling and baseball which led him to serve as a baseball umpire for many years.
He was married to his loving wife, Mrs. Earlean King, and they enjoyed serving the Lord and His people together. Reverend King departed this life March 15, 2023, surrounded by his wife and family at his home in Pittsburg, Texas. He is preceded in death by his mother, Vivian King, his father, Louis King and great grandson, Brennan Greenhouse. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mrs. Earlean King, Pittsburg, TX; his son, Mr. Monte King (Charmell) of Jacksonville, FL; daughters, Monique Swain (Lenard) of Austin, TX; Danita Hashaway (Billy) of Pittsburg, TX; LaJuan Chambers (Daniel) of Henderson, TX; grandchildren, Castle Swain, Matthew and Sophia King, Billy Hashaway lll (Shannara), D’Maya Hashaway, Devante Greenhouse (Aaryn) and a granddaughter in love, Kalebra Lauderdale; great-grandchildren, Saniyah Taylor, Brylee Hashaway and great-grandchild in love, Kade Prevo. He also leaves to cherish his memory his sisters, Joan Howard and Renee King; and brother Gregory King, Jacksonville, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Reverend King will always be remembered for his kind heart and generous spirit. He loved God, his family, the church and his masonic brotherhood – all our lives are richer as a result of his love for us.