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Otris King Obituary
Deacon Otris Maurice King , was the eldest of three children born to the late Rev. Otris King and Mrs. Johnnie (Sadberry) King, in Hearne, Texas, on February 11, 1932. His early education was completed in Bryan, Texas. He graduated from Blackshear High School in 1949. Following his high school graduation, he was involved in the Korean Conflict. After service to his country, he entered Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) on the GI bill. He graduated from PVAMU in 1958 with a degree in Industrial Arts. With this degree, he began a career in education that spanned 30 years working in both the North Forest and Houston Independent School Districts where he was a teacher and principal.
Being raised in a loving Christian home, Otris was first a member of Wilson Chapel in Benchley, Texas. Upon moving to Houston, following his military service, he united with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under Pastor Floyd N. Williams. He later united with Mt. Ararat Baptist Church where he was a founding member, under the leadership of Rev. Melbert Lewis. In addition to serving as a deacon, he was a member of One Heritage Society Ministry. He was among the first teachers in the One Heritage Society Ministry Summer Enrichment Program in which he was involved for 4 years, 3 of which he had perfect attendance. He also participated in the ministry's visits to homebound members, many times serving as the van driver. Deacon King was also a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church's Senior Dream Team and went on an outing with the ministry on the Wednesday preceding his death.
Throughout his life, Deacon King was involved in numerous community service activities including Boy Scouts of America, Easter Seals and American Heart Association Heart Walk. He received several awards for his service to community, including the Scouter's Key and the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth from the National Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was certified by the Producers Cooperative Association for Pesticide Application, by the City of West University Place for Criminal Apprehension Assistance, and by the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District for exempt well ownership.
Deacon King departed this life on Sunday, June 8, 2014, shortly after he arrived home from church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otris King, wife and mother of his son, Jearlene King, wife Carol Jordan, sister, Doris King Vaults, and brother, Virgil King whose funeral service he arranged approximately 4 weeks before his death. He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Wendell King; brother-in-law, George Vaults; nephew Theophilus Vaults; a great niece and nephew; and a multitude of other family and friends including Pearl, Angie and Clarence (Man) Meshack.
Visitation will be held on (Tuesday) June 17, 2014 from 10-10:55 a.m., Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 a.m., both services will be held at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 5801 W. Montgomery Rd., Pastor Michael Rutledge, Officiating. Interment (Wednesday) June 18, 2014 at Houston National Cemetery.


Published in Houston Chronicle on June 16, 2014
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