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“I remember him most as my Aunt Mary Marcee's neighbor, a humble gentleman. We were saddened to hear of your loss, and realize many people have lost a...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Gilbert Easley Family - Austin, TX

“I am extremely sad to learn of the death of Dr. King.May his family value the peace of all the lives Dr, King touch. I had the honor of knowing him...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Arisa Rice - Sn Antonio, TX

“To The Entire King Family: May God continue to bless and keep you in his care. ”
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Duran Ridge-Mouton - Venice, CA

“we verysorry to learn of dr.king.to the family always remember your father ,grandfather was a great man always polite and always every time we would...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: carolyn&ray harvey - austin, TX

“Dr. King was very special to our family. We will miss him dearly. God Bless, Marjon, Stewart, Clinton and John. I am sure Marcet was waiting for...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Jo Ann Dickerson - Round Rock,, TX

“For years while my mother worked at Huston-TIllotson and I attended across the street at Blackshear, I was in the general proximity of Dr. King, one...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Emery - Austin, TX

“To the family: Dr. King was a very special man-A man of integrity and a man who cared and made a positive difference in so many lives, including...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Estelle S. Brooks - Austin, TX

“To: The King Family that I've known and grew up with for many years I send you my sincere regards in the absence of a very great man , and dad that...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Marion Andersoon - Austin, TX

“May God who call our dear ones home and grants them peace and rest, give you the strength and faith to say that he indeed knows best.Your family has...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: BarbaraHardeman - Austin, TX

“Our sincere condolences to the family of General King from the Solis Family in El Paso, Texas I thank the lord for giving me the privilege of...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Benito Solis - El Paso, TX

“Have hope in tomorrow, have faith in the everlasting, and take comfort in love of friends and family. ”
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Joycelyn Lott Toliver and Marshall Toliver - TX

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this great man! He has touched so many lives in our community including ours and our parents. We truly...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Ministers' Ray & Darlene Ephriam - TX

“You share in your lost but we will continue to pray for the family. We loved Dr. King too, may God bless your entire family. ”
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeffrey & Sheila Cofield - VA

“John, Sylvia and Family, May you all find comfort in knowing your friends care and share your sorrow. God bless you all with unity, harmony and...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Zack and Angela Daniel - Katy, TX

“Dr. King will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and grace, certainly by me. I knew him all my life and recall the numerous times that he...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Libbe Dennard (formerly Marion Roberts) - AK

“Great memories of Dr. King and hope the family stay strong and support each other. ”
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Abner E. Lee - Austin, TX

“We the Lee Family wish you our condolences during this time of your loss, may God's blessings and His undying love give you comfort. ”
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Janice Lee - Austin, TX

“Dr.King will be missed by all who knew him and especially his ex students like me. ”
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Booker T. Page - Austin, TX

“To the family, Dr. King was truely a man among men. He will be missed but now he is singing for the Lord. May the Lord continue to bless his family...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Brenda Shipp Sterling - Austin, TX

“My prayers go out to the King family. Dr. John Q. Taylor King will never be forgotten. ”
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Queen E. Owens - Austin, TX

“Dr. King, You gave me the opportunity of a lifetime - to work full time and, at the same time, be enrolled as a full-time student at Huston...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Earnestine J. Strickland - Austin, TX

“To the King family, you have my sincere sympathy. May God Bless and keep you. He is a good God. Cynthia A Cleveland Holliday and Family. ”
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Cynthia Cleveand Holliday - TX

“To the King Family, please remember God is a good God, and doesn't make a mistake. Dr King a fruitful life, and a good life and left many footprints...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Ronald and Cellestine (Stell) Williams Sr. - TX

“Marjon and Family, We are very sorrow for your loss and we will continue to pray God's peace for you all. Love, Karen & Mike Box ”
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Karen Box - Austin, TX

“Marjon and Clinton, So very sorry for your loss. The great spirit has kissed him, now he sleeps. Thinking of you at this time . Leo and Janice...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Leo and Janice frame - Edgartown, MA

“Dr King is the "most" important man I have met in my life time/career- I am very proud of his accomplishments in both the military and civilian...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Ruth D Gentle-Robinson - Austin, TX

“As brother-and-sister-in-law-to Dr.John Q.Taylor King, We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire King family. Dr. King was a brilliant man who...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Patrick and Harriet Murphy - TX

“To the family: Our prayers are with each of you during this time of your loss. My family has truly been blessed for having entertained Dr. King in...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Mr. and Mrs. Herman L. Davis, Jr - MO

“Stuart & Janice, Sandy and I extend our sincere condolences to you during this challenging time. May Gods blessings be with you all. Dean & Sandy...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Dean & Sandy Caylor - San Antonio, TX

“"Boo, Marjon, Clint, & John God keep you close in this time of loss Mary, Rick, & Rochelle Tisdale ”
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Tisdale - Nashville, TN

“To the King Family, Know for certain that we never lose the people we love. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Mamie McPhaul - Pheonix, AZ

“The Holmes-Patterson Family (Maple Ave. neighbors) extends condolences to the King Family. Words cannot express what Doc has meant to us and our...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Calvin & Jacque Patterson-Holmes - TX

“To the King Family, May you feel God's presence as you grieve your loss. We are thinking of you and all those that were touched by the passing of...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Joyce Hamilton-Hill - DeSoto, TX

“Rest in peace. Thanks for your many contributions and to assuring that Huston-Tillotson College (University)was a quality learning and developmental...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Raymond Lewis - Galveston, TX

“My deepest condolences to the extended family of Lt. Gen. John Quill Taylor King. General Taylor was a great humanitarian and military leader. May...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. Howard Anderson - San Antonio, TX

“You have our deepest sympathy. ”
36 of 100+ | Posted by: SinoSource International - TX

“I would like to share my deepest condolences to the King family. Dr. King truly left a legacy for all. May God bring you comfort during this...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Kim D. Jackson - Austin, TX

“Please know the family is in our prayers. ”
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Harold Dilworth Jr. - TX

“Dr. King provided oversight to a DOD grant project at NASA-JSC where I was employed. He was a noble person of distinction and was revered by those of...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Sheila Henderson - Round Rock, TX

“I came to know LTG King when was already a general officer and I was an young Army officer. He always treated me with respect and I learned much...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Col (ret) Ed Komandosky - Taylor, TX

“A giant among men. A frat brother whose shoulders my generation used as a stepping stone to higher levels. A true and humble, but effective...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Alexander W. Porter, Attorney - TX

“Except what God allows. Continue to take comfort in His gentle loving arms. My prayer is that God continues to strengthen you during this time and...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Johnny & Linda (Holmes) Rankin - TX

“A life well lived and the victory is won. Dr.John King will live forever through the many lives he touched. With deepest sympathy and prayers. ”
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Bernice Toliver - Austin, TX

“Dear John, Please accept our condolence on the death of your father. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Lean on us for strength, and...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: octavia cooper - katy, TX

“Our prayers for strong faith and good memories are with the entire King family. Dr.J.Q.T.King welcomed my college class to HTC in 1965 and graduated...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Juliet Neal Nious - Austin, TX

“I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. Jer.31:13 Oour prayers will continue to be...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Raymond Crayton, Jr. - GA

“Stewart and Janice and the entire King Family. My thoughts and prayes are with you in the lose of Dr. King. May he rest in Peace. Steve Fairchild...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Steve Fairchild - Wylie, TX

“Let not your heart be troubled. Be comforted by the God of all comfort. Our condolences goes out to all the King family. May God bless you. From...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Bertram M. Lewis - Missouri City, TX

“I am honored to have known Dr. King and was fortunate to spend time visiting with him around the funeral home. Truly a Great Man. Marjon, Stuart and...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert J. Falcon - Austin, TX

“our prayers are with the family. Dr. King was a dear friend. Jerry & Sue Miller ”
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Jerry Miller - Hewitt, TX

“Marjon and Family, May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during your time of grief. Nora ”
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Nora Oakmon - Austin, TX

“Condolences to the King family, Two generations of our families shared the Fisk experience with many fond memories. ”
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Edward V Bennett, Jr.,MD - Albany, NY

“To the King Family, You have my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. He loved many people and many people loved...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Sandra Kay Bragner Johnson - TX

“The Albert L. Patterson Family extends condolences to the King Family. We shared many neighborhood experiences on Maple and Givens Avenue. A final...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Albert L. Patterson - TX

“A dear friend, mentor, and fraternity brother, Mary and I entertained and dined Dr. King on his visit to Freeport to deliver a commencement address. ...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. & Mrs. George Roberts - TX

“My condolences to the King Family. I will always remember and treasure Dr. King's Legacy. ”
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Edna O. Rhambo - Austin, TX

“We share your great loss and extend our heartfelt sympathy for one so dear to all of us.Your father was a great man and humanitarian. He loved people...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Orvis E. Austin and Family - TX

“It was always a joy to talk with Dr. King. He had a very kind and loving spirit. We will miss him! God Bless you. ”
58 of 100+ | Posted by: The King White Family - TX

“I wish to offer my condolences to the family of one of the most influential men I have ever known. May God bless and keep you. May he make his light...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Herbert Finnen - Corsicana, TX

“Our hearts goes out to you in this difficult time. Please accept our condolences and know that we will be praying for you. God Bless, Mrs...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: The Williams' Family - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. He was a remarkable person. To my Fisk classmates, Marjon and Susan, please know you and your families, are in my...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Lois Bond Hairston - Martinsville, VA

“To the King Family May heartfelt sympathy comfort you in your time of sorrow. ”
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Otis & Pamela McCullough - Austin, TX

“May the good lord grant you peace. My condelence to the family. ”
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Georgina Abattam - Austin, TX

“Deepest sympathies to the King Family. My prayers are with you as you remember the wonderful life of Dr. King. He will live on through his...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Ruth Johnson Hill - Baton Rouge, LA

“Dr. King was a great man and believe in the value of a higher education. He really put Huston-Tillotson University on the map and kept the University...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Richard Allen - Austin, TX

“Marjon, Susan, Clinton and Family, Sincerest condolences on the loss of your wonderful father. God bless your family. Linda Williams Bowie ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Williams Bowie - Englewood, NJ

“What a great man! Family you will be in my prayers. God Bless you. ”
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Brigid - Pflugerville, TX

“Dr. King, a Leader, Teacher, Mentor, of All the TEXAS UNDERTAKERS ”
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Gregory Brice Daniels - Lockhart, TX

“GIVE ALL OF MY SYMPATY TO THE FAMILY.GREW UP WITH BOO & ALSO WENT TO H.T. UNDER DR. KING .GOD BLESS FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF SORROW ”
69 of 100+ | Posted by: DEREK - AUSTIN, TX

“Our condolences are with the family. May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, lead you to comfort. ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: John & Lois Washington - Austin, TX

“To The King Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Daphne Lynch Moss Sugar Land, TX ”
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Daphne Lynch Moss - Sugar Land, TX

“Dr. King was a TRAIL BRAZER. He shaped Education,Civil Rights, Religion, Business, Huston-Tillotson and TEXAS.Respectfully, Alpha Bro, Norcell D...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Norcell D Haywood - San Antonio, TX

“I will forever remember Dr. King as an exemplary educational and civic leader who was a stellar role model for the entire Austin community. May Dr....Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Ernest L. - Fort Worth, TX

“I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with your family. ”
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Ernestine Houston - Pflugerville, TX

“My prayers are with you. ”
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Keith Lott - Missouri City, TX

“God bless you and your family. ”
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Wanda Clark - Austin, TX

“God bless you during your time of sorrow. ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Fay Terry - Austin, TX

“To The King Family, My deepest sympathy to you on the death of Dr. King. We will all miss him as he was a wonderful man, a true Christian, who lived...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Lou Adams - Austin, TX

“To the Children and Family of Dr. John King, Once in a lifetime one has an opportunity to meet someone like Dr. King, whose life has made such...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Kaye Frances Jones Peoples - TX

“To The Family, God bless you during your time of sorrow. ”
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Min. Ambres & Catherine Kearney - TX

“God be with the family in the time of sadness. We felt that Dr. King was a part of the Overton family. He will be missed. ”
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Minerva Overton Ross - TX

“God blss you and your family. ”
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Ralph Pleasant - Misouri City, TX

“Sincere condolences to the family and friends. Dr. King was a legend in his own time. An honorable and warm spirit, he had a smile and kind word for...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Gerry Tucker - Austin, TX

“Sincere Condolences ”
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Eva Goins Simmons - Las Vegas, NV

“Dr King was a friend of my father Dock Reese, we lived in the old tears home for many years. ”
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Donald U. Reese - Fullerton, CA

“My prayers are with you all! ”
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Martha Sanford - carrollton, TX

“Boo, Our prayers are with you and your family. Eustace Family-Lockhart,Tx. Tillie-Austin,Tx Lynn-Houston,Tx. ”
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Janet Lynn Lewis Pitre - Houston, TX

“You have my deepest sympathy. Lift your eyes to the hills from whence cometh your help,Your help comes from the Lord. Sincerely, Class of 1956 ”
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Alma Rice Tate - Richmond, TX

“To the King family, Let God be your refuge and strength, may God comfort you during this difficult time. ”
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Dolores Chatman Sennette - TX

“To the King Family, Dr. & Mrs. King had a tremendous influence on my parents' life, initially when they attended Huston Tillotson College(Overton &...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Melody Fullylove - Austin, TX

“A great man. He was one of HTU's gems. You have my condolences. Class of 1965 ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Lawrence Rice - Duncanville,, TX

“August 05, 2011 To the King Family, I send my deepest condolences to the Family, We Pray God's Peace and Mercy be with the Family. It's been a...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Anthony Humphrey - Austin, TX

“Stewart, Janice and family -- I'm so very sorry for the loss of your father! The world has lost a truly accomplished, caring and remarkable man, but...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Nadine and Scott Walton - TX

“To the family of Dr. King, there are too many memories of how he touched the life of my family. Begining with the times when my father taught...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Felicia Whitby Hammons - Garland, TX

“THE YEAR WAS 1947, AND MY LATE HUSBAND ALMUS HILL OF AUSTIN AND JOHN KING WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS. IN MAY OF THAT SAME YEAR JOHN WAS BEST MAN AT OUR...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: HILDA HILL - SIERRA VISTA, AZ

“WHAT AN AWESOME LEGACY! TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR THE THINGS HE HAS DONE!!! YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS, Denita Thompson ”
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Denita Thompson - Manor, TX

“To the King Family, We send our deepest sympathy. Dr. King left a legacy. I am honored to have crossed paths with him on the grounds of Tillotson...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Sheri & Dwain Marshall - Austin, TX

“I wish you all well--Dr. King has had a wonderful history with my family; we will miss him. ”
98 of 100+ | Posted by: larry a. kinchion jr. - IL

“My condolences to the family. Dr. King will always be in my memory. Well done thy good and faithful servant. ”
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Regeina Baldwin Birotte - TX

“"Once upon a time, there lived a King who ruled and reigned well." That King was Dr. John Quill Taylor King, Sr. For the family: Thinking of you with...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresia Davis Lewis - Austin, TX


THE EARLY YEARS John Quill Taylor King, Sr. was born September 25, 1921 in Memphis, Tennessee to Dr. John Quill Taylor and Alice Clinton Woodson Taylor. (His mother was a direct descendent of Thomas Woodson, son of slave Sally Hemings and her owner, Thomas Jefferson. Dr. King along with other descendents did extensive research on this fact and attended several family reunions at Monticello.) He was the third child born to this union. His oldest sister, Alice, died as a young child. When Dr. King was a young boy, his father died as a result of injuries sustained during World War I. His mother later married Mr. Charles B. King and Dr. King and his sister Edwina took their stepfather's last name. The family moved to Austin, Texas in 1933 and Mr. and Mrs. King opened the King Funeral Home (now King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.) which was located at 1107 East 6th Street. Dr. King attended Gregorytown School and the original L. C. Anderson High School graduating in 1936 at the age of 15. He followed his sister Edwina and attended Fisk University where his mother and maternal grandmother were also graduates. While at Fisk, Dr. King met the one and only true love of his life, Marcet Hines, a beautiful young lady from Chicago, Illinois. They married June 28, 1942 and this union lasted until Marcet's death on March 14, 1995. Four children were born to this union. EDUCATION Dr. King was a strong advocate of education. His credentials include B.A. Degree in Mathematics from Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, B.S. Degree from Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, TX, a M.S. Degree from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, and a Ph.D. Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He received the Honorary Degree Doctor of Laws from both Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas and St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, and the Honorary Degree Doctor of Humane Letters from both Austin College, Sherman, Texas and Fisk University, and the Honorary Degree Doctor of Science from Huston-Tillotson College. He also held a Phi Beta Kappa Key. PROFESSIONAL CAREER In 1947, Dr. King and his wife both joined the faculty of Huston-Tillotson College (now University) a college related to The United Church of Christ and The United Methodist Church. He was Professor of Mathematics for several years and Dean of the College for five years, and was appointed President in 1965 and Chancellor in 1987. He retired on June 30, 1988 and was named Chancellor and President Emeritus. He subsequently served as Director and Chair of the Center for the Advancement of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CASET), a Research Component of the College. Dr. King loved Huston-Tillotson!!! While Dean and President, he was always on the road raising funds and recruiting students, many of whom would not have attended college were it not for Dr. John Q. Taylor King, Sr. He was a mentor to many and a friend to all. He often brought students home for dinner and tutoring even after becoming President. Some of the students who could not afford to go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas either stayed at his home with the family or he would find somewhere for them to stay until school started again. His love for Huston-Tillotson and his students was immeasurable. RELIGIOUS LIFE Dr. King truly loved his church and was raised at Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, now Wesley United Methodist Church where he was active as a Lay Leader for many years and served in many other capacities. He was a delegate to each General and Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church from 1956 through 1988. Dr. King was a former Lay Leader of the Southwest Texas Conference and was President of the General Council on Ministries of The United Methodist Church from 1972 to 1980. One of his passions was singing and he began singing in the church in the children's choir, continued as an adult in the Wesley Chancel Choir, the Men's Chorus and finally the renowned Wesley Intergenerational Choir which was very dear to his heart. Right by his side was his beloved Marcet who was the church organist for over 50 years. MILITARY CAREER General King entered World War II as a Private, served as a Captain in the Pacific Theater of Operations, and retired from the Army of the United States as a Major General on August 22, 1983. Since WWII, General King served in Alaska, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Germany, Hawaii, and at many other U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Installations. He completed courses at several Senior Service Schools, including the Command and General Staff College, the Air War College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Logistics Executive Development Course, and the SROC at the Army War College. He has received many military awards and decorations. Former Texas Governor Mark White promoted him to the rank of Lieutenant General in the Texas State Guard in 1985. One of his great uncles was a member of the Buffalo Soldiers which led him to research this illustrious group and he was often asked to give presentations on their history. PROFESSIONAL, CIVIC, AND FRATERNAL AFFILIATIONS Participating actively in civic, professional and fraternal organizations, he was a life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, several professional and honor societies, and is a 33rd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He was the youngest and first to be initiated a Master Mason at the age of 17. A licensed mortician, he was President of King-Tears Mortuary, Inc. Among his many honors are Alumni Awards from Huston-Tillotson College and Fisk University; the Carl Bredt Award from The University of Texas College of Education, Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Distinguished Service from Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas, Roy Wilkins Meritorious Award from the NAACP, the Arthur B. DeWitty, The Martin Luther King, Jr.

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