Rev. Gerald W. King, son of the late Roy Judson and Cleda Mildred Allen King, was born in Campbell on Aug. 14, 1930, and died at the MIssouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at the age of 77.
Mr. King had lived in Poplar Bluff, Sikeston and St. Louis before moving to Puxico in 1967. He had owned and operated a welding shop and had worked for the Puxico Schools as a bus driver for many years. He was a General Baptist Minister and had pastored at area churches and was currently pastoring the Hill General Baptist Church near Bloomfield. He was a volunteer at the Puxico Nutrition Center. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had served during the Korean War.
On June 28, 1968, he was married to Bonnie Mae Lackey Jones in Kinder. She preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 1997.
Surviving are four daughters, Cathy Dunivan of Advance, Sherry Spencer of Advance, Cindy Kennedy of Poplar Bluff, and Bethel Covington of Abilene, Texas; six sons, Danny King of Poplar Bluff, Stanley Jones of Grassy, Marvin S. Jones of Puxico, Randy and Rex Jones, both of Jackson, Kenneth Jones of Indianapolis, Ind.; 30 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth D. King of St. Charles, Carl E. King of Mt. Home, Ark., and Robert D. King of Puxico; three sisters, Mary Jane Harrison of Advance, Lois Mae Loida of Sullivan, and Ina Marie Davis of Omaha, Neb.
Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Puxico with Rev. Ray Placher of Puxico and Rev. Kenneth Lambert of Bloomfield officiating.
Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Puxico Nutrition Center, 335 N. Harty St., Puxico, Mo. 63960.