Janie Janelle JJ King AMARILLO-Janie Janelle JJ King, age 77, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. She was born on July 8, 1936, in Spur, Texas, to Dr. Arthur Bob and Madge Carlton Alexander. She graduated from Spur High School in 1954 and then attended Baylor University and Texas Christian University. She worked as a bank secretary for many years at American State Bank in Lubbock and Herring Bank in Amarillo. Her most treasured role in life was that of being wife to Ronal Dean King who she married on March 29, 1957. He preceded her in death after 23 years of marriage on June 21, 1980. Known as Mom, Tia, JJ , J-Lo, Gam, Gammy, Gamalicious, and Sparkles, she approached each role and challenge presented to her with great strength and enthusiasm and was an example to all who knew her to be who you are, love yourself and others will too. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jack Alexander. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Schooler Funeral Home Chapel at 4100 South Georgia Street, Amarillo. Burial services were in Happy Cemetery at 4 p. m. To honor Janie and the way she lived her life, the family suggested attire to be of bright colors and as sparkly as possible. Honorary pallbearers were Rick Barry, Dean Barry, Chris Scharbauer, James Kidd, Trent Kidd, Mason Berryhill, and Justin Johnson. Janie is survived by two daughters, Pamela Jan and husband Rick Barry of Round Rock, and La Vonne Dean and husband Chris Scharbauer of Amarillo; grandchildren, Lauren and Justin Johnson, Dean Barry and Rachelle Scharbauer; two sisters, Nan L and husband James Kidd of Spur and Jill Scott of El Paso; niece, Korbi and Mason Berryhill; and nephew, Trent and Carol Kidd; great-nieces, Lydia Harris and Bekka and Lexi Berryhill. She is also survived by her great-granddaughter, Libby Johnson, born on Oct. 12, 2013. Memorials may be made in Janie's honor to the Dean King Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Happy State Bank, PO Box 68, Happy, TX 79042. The family would like to extend their utmost gratitude to the staff and caregivers at Park Place Towers who cared for Janie with love and affection. Please sign our online guest register at www.schoolerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Oct. 18, 2013