On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Ernest Vincent King, one we loved and knew stepped across the threshold that we call death, but it was only a step into another room, and not a stepping out of the fellowship of life. It was but a stepping into one of the other rooms of our Father’s House. The noises of the world make it hard for us to hear the still small voice beyond the door; the world’s bright lights blind our eyes to the soft glow of eternity; the constant concern with material things deadens our sensitiveness to the spiritual values of that unseen land until we are tempted even to deny their reality.
There are three steps to heaven – out of self; into Christ; into Glory. King took these first two steps early in life and lived a beautiful life in Christ. Now he has taken the third step where there is no more weeping, no pain, no sorrow, no disappointment. King is at peace with God now, and rejoicing in his happy heavenly home.
King was born eighty one years ago in Magnolia, Arkansas, to the late Otis and Ophelia King. To his family he was loving and faithful, striving to keep them happy. In his early years, he joined the Kingshill AME Church, Magnolia, Arkansan, and upon his retirement from Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, he was united with the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church and served faithfully in the following ministries, until his illness: Senior Choir, Trustee Board, Male Chorus, Pastor’s Aide, Sunday School, and the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association.
While in the Air Force he served in three conflicts – the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Peace Keeping Conflict. He received the following commendations and citations in service to our country: Air Force Leadership School Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal – Three Oak Leaf Clusters, and On-the-Job Training Citation – Two Oak Leaf Clusters.
He was married to the former Myrteen Elizabeth Wade for forty one wonderful years. Survivors besides his devoted wife, two daughters, Gwendolyn and Sheila King of Minnesota; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Samuel (Annie) King, George (Barbara) King, and James Otis (Ruthell) King; and preceded in death by John Wesley King; one aunt, Doris Clairbon of Muskegee, Michigan; one uncle, Felix Clairbon of New Johnsonville, Tennessee; eight sisters-in-law, Mary Moore, Martha Wright, Florence Bush, Annie Mae Williams, Albertha Wade, Rosa Lee Wade; three brothers-in-law, Simon Wade, Horace Wade, Jacob Moore; and a host of other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, January 19, 2013 from the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert with the Rev. Anthony Taylor, Sr., pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Willie Dennis, Rev. Richard James, and Evangelist Glenda Miller.
The family will receive friends at the home 6985 Camden Highway, Rembert.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers will be Mt. Pisgah Missionary.
Pall bearers will be Shaw Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Honorary pall bearers will be Mt. Pisgah Trustees.
Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.