Lt. Gen. John Quill Taylor King Sr., Ph.D.

  • Born: September 25, 1921
  • Died: August 3, 2011
  • Location: Austin, Texas

King-Tears Mortuary Inc.

1300 E 12th ST.
Austin, TX 78702

Tribute & Message From The Family

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. Humanitarian Award, the Frederick D. Patterson Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Minority Advocate of the Year Award from the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Military Education Award from the San Antonio League of the National Association of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award from the Austin Area Urban League, the 1990 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ex-Students' Association of The University of Texas at Austin, the 1991 Philanthropist of the Year in Austin Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Austin Chapter, and the 1994 Man of The Year Award from the Independent Funeral Directors of Texas, Inc. On May 6, 2011 he was recognized at the 25th Anniversary of the Heman Sweat Symposium at The University of Texas at Austin. Well known as a writer, collaborating with others on four textbooks in mathematics, and contributing many articles to professional and religious journals, Dr. King was co-author with his wife of two books, Stories of Twenty-three Famous Negro Americans, and Famous Black Americans, and a booklet on the life of Mrs. Mary McCleod Bethune. General King served as a member of the Board of Directors of several organizations including, Member, Austin Regional Advisory Board, Texas Commerce Bank; Austin Chapter of National Conference of Christians and Jews; former Chair of the Lone Star District, the Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was a former Director and Secretary of The Foundation for Insurance Regulatory Studies in Texas, a former Chairman of the Austin Civil Service Commission, former Trustee of Austin, College, former Trustee of Fisk University, and former member of the Philosophical Society of Texas. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Leaders in American Science, Leaders in Education and eight other biographical publications. He is also a former Commissioner of the Texas Funeral Service Commission. What a remarkable life he led. He meant so much to so many and will be truly missed by us all. He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife Marcet Hines King; and sister Edwina King Murphy. HIS LEGACY The life of this great man will never be forgotten and will be forever cherished by his children, John Q. Taylor King, Jr., M.D. and Sylvia B. King; Clinton A. King, M.D. and Susan R. King, Esq.; Marjon King Christopher and Col. Charles A. Christopher, M.D.; Stuart H. King and Janice H. King; Meagan A. Kirk; grandchildren Nikkole W. Campbell; RosCet King Varner and Cal E. Varner, Jr.; Charles A. Christopher, II; Marlo F. King; Marjon R. King; Caryn A. Christopher; Claudia King; John Q. Taylor King, III; Brandon B. King; Kysha Dorsey and Deserri Dorsey; Melissa Christopher Thomas and Seward Thomas, Sr.; great grandchildren, Cory Campbell, Malik Campbell, Cydney M. Varner, Cal E. Varner, III, Clinton A. K. Varner; Jamie Arnold, Jr.; Orlando Chayce Pannell, Sysali Dwight, Isiah Dwight, III, and Samuel Dorsey; Anaijah Thomas and Seward Thomas, Jr.; his beloved sister-in-law Muriel D. Hegwood; nieces and nephew, Marcet Rhynes, Karen H. Starks, John E. Murphy; special daughters, Mrs. Gloria H. Black, Ms. Pamela Shavers King, Mrs. Patricia L. Purnell, Mrs. Margery "Tillie" Mackey and her husband Dr. A. L. Mackey; special sons, Barry J. W. Franklin, Charles H. Dubra II, and Dr. Reginald Christopher; grandnieces and nephews; King-Tears Staff, Huston-Tillotson Administration, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Former Students; and his cherished brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Memorial contributions may be directed to Huston-Tillotson University; 900 Chicon Street; Austin, Texas, 78702; Attn: Institutional Advancement for The John Q. Taylor King Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and/or The Marcet Hines King Endowed Professorship in Music or to Wesley United Methodist Church.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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 blessing from God. King Family we are keeping you lifted in prayer. Mrs. Gilbert Easley Ann Easley Bob Easley

Posted by Gilbert Easley Family - Austin, TX   September 18, 2011

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 through community activities."when the angels ask me to recall, I'll remember you' Arisa Rice-formely Arisa (houston)

Posted by Arisa Rice - Sn Antonio, TX   September 10, 2011

To The Entire King Family: May God continue to bless and keep you in his care.

Posted by Duran Ridge-Mouton - Venice, CA   August 30, 2011

we verysorry to learn of the family always remember your father ,grandfather was a great man always polite and always every time we would talk to him had a smile on his face. keep your head up and in your life remember how he was now God has him and thinking what a great man i made God bless your family in every way possible.

Posted by carolyn&ray harvey - austin, TX   August 25, 2011

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 him to enter the gates of heaven. Now the two of them are at peace.

Posted by Jo Ann Dickerson - Round Rock,, TX   August 24, 2011

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 of several great men in my early years. I witnessed his handsome smile, easy wit, strong stride, the kinds of things kids can understand. As time passed, other things stood out about Dr. King: his professional demeanor in everything he did; his love and unflagging support of HT; his love for his family; and his positive involvement with his home community. This was a man for all! I salute the King family at this time of sorrow. You have lost a father, and we have all lost a leader. We shall not soon lose track of his path.

Posted by Michael Emery - Austin, TX   August 18, 2011

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 mine. At the time I entered Huston-Tillotson College(at this time), he was the president and through his efforts, I was able to enroll and graduate. I thank God for Him!

Posted by Estelle S. Brooks - Austin, TX   August 17, 2011

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 everyone looked up to and will truly be missed. God Bless and keep you safe always in his care. Ms. Marion Anderson

Posted by Marion Andersoon - Austin, TX   August 17, 2011

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 been such an inspiration to the community. May God Bless And Keep You.

Posted by BarbaraHardeman - Austin, TX   August 16, 2011

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 meeting and sharing experiences with such a remarkable person. He was truly a gift from God. His knowledge had no bounderies and he was very sharing of it. He always found time to come to small rural towns and share with young people about the buffalo soldiers, how to be a good person, a man of your word, a hard worker and a man of good character, and a great believer in God. He touched many childrens hearts and lives in the Vaquero programs from 1990-2006. He will forever be remembered and loved. Again we are thankful to him and our Lord. Sincerely, Ben Solis Former Sonora I.S.D. School Councelor

Posted by Benito Solis - El Paso, TX   August 16, 2011

Have hope in tomorrow, have faith in the everlasting, and take comfort in love of friends and family.

Posted by Joycelyn Lott Toliver and Marshall Toliver - Round Rock, TX   August 16, 2011

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 wish blessings upon this family during this time of berevement. Love The Ephriam's

Posted by Ministers' Ray & Darlene Ephriam - Austin, TX   August 16, 2011

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.

Posted by Jeffrey & Sheila Cofield - Locust Grove, VA   August 15, 2011

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 inner peace in the loss of your beloved father. Love You, Zack and Angela Daniel

Posted by Zack and Angela Daniel - Katy, TX   August 15, 2011

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 reached out to me. The memory of him will remain in my heart.

Posted by Libbe Dennard (formerly Marion Roberts) - Juneau, AK   August 15, 2011

Great memories of Dr. King and hope the family stay strong and support each other.

Posted by Abner E. Lee - Austin, TX   August 15, 2011

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.

Posted by Janice Lee - Austin, TX   August 15, 2011

Dr.King will be missed by all who knew him and especially his ex students like me.

Posted by Booker T. Page - Austin, TX   August 14, 2011

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 and peace be with you. To Marjon we attended UJH together.

Posted by Brenda Shipp Sterling - Austin, TX   August 14, 2011

My prayers go out to the King family. Dr. John Q. Taylor King will never be forgotten.

Posted by Queen E. Owens - Austin, TX   August 13, 2011

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-Tillotson College (University). I will be eternally grateful. Austin, and the world, has lost a giant. Rest in peace.

Posted by Earnestine J. Strickland - Austin, TX   August 13, 2011

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.

Posted by Cynthia Cleveand Holliday - Austin, TX   August 13, 2011

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 in the sand. Farewell Dr King, and to Stuart, we were school mates, keep up the good work, be steadfast, the strenth is there. Love Ron and Stell

Posted by Ronald and Cellestine (Stell) Williams Sr. - Austin, TX   August 13, 2011

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

Posted by Karen Box - Austin, TX   August 13, 2011

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 Darden Frame Fisk "70

Posted by Leo and Janice frame - Edgartown, MA   August 13, 2011

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 sector. I moved here from NJ but Dr King made sure I knew about the history of Juneteenth and the Southwest Texas Conference as it relates to the United Methodist Church. It was like taking a history course (short-form). He was a learned, kind and gentle man with much to say. He has left a legacy that should be taught in the public schools of today. People of color need role models like Dr King to look up to and to aspire to become--Thank you Dr King for those memories

Posted by Ruth D Gentle-Robinson - Austin, TX   August 13, 2011

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 exemplified the best in character and achievement. He helped many people through the years and will be remembered as a gentleman of great purpose,integrity and love for his fellowman. We will miss him and his warmth and love.

Posted by Patrick and Harriet Murphy - Austin, TX   August 13, 2011

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 our home here in Kansas City during his visit to the city. May God Bless you. Herman and Cicilyn Davis and family, H-T 1960-63

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. Herman L. Davis, Jr - Kansas City, MO   August 12, 2011

Stuart & Janice, Sandy and I extend our sincere condolences to you during this challenging time. May Gods blessings be with you all. Dean & Sandy Caylor

Posted by Dean & Sandy Caylor - San Antonio, TX   August 12, 2011

"Boo, Marjon, Clint, & John God keep you close in this time of loss Mary, Rick, & Rochelle Tisdale

Posted by Tisdale - Nashville, TN   August 12, 2011

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. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. With deepest and heartfelt sympathy.

Posted by Mamie McPhaul - Pheonix, AZ   August 12, 2011

The Holmes-Patterson Family (Maple Ave. neighbors) extends condolences to the King Family. Words cannot express what Doc has meant to us and our community. He represented and served this community and our country with honor, dignity and grace. Colin Powell quoted; If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. Colin Powell wrote it however, General John Q Taylor King Sr. lived it to his very Core! We Salute You! Calvin & Jacque

Posted by Calvin & Jacque Patterson-Holmes - Austin, TX   August 12, 2011

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 Dr. King. With deepest sympathy. Joyce Hill - DeSoto, Tx Diane Hamilton - Lubbock, TX Arlee Jackson & Family - Lubbock, Tx

Posted by Joyce Hamilton-Hill - DeSoto, TX   August 12, 2011

Rest in peace. Thanks for your many contributions and to assuring that Huston-Tillotson College (University)was a quality learning and developmental institution for me and many others. HTC "70

Posted by Raymond Lewis - Galveston, TX   August 12, 2011

My deepest condolences to the extended family of Lt. Gen. John Quill Taylor King. General Taylor was a great humanitarian and military leader. May you find comfort in knowing that God is to wise to make a mistake. Look to the hills and know that all of our help will come from God. Because He lives, Howard Anderson Chaplain, Colonel, TXSG (Ret)

Posted by Dr. Howard Anderson - San Antonio, TX   August 12, 2011

You have our deepest sympathy.

Posted by SinoSource International - Houston, TX   August 12, 2011

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 difficult time. My prayers go out to the entire family.

Posted by Kim D. Jackson - Austin, TX   August 12, 2011

Please know the family is in our prayers.

Posted by Mr. & Mrs. Harold Dilworth Jr. - Pflugerville, TX   August 12, 2011

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 us working on the project. He leaves a lasting legacy. Your loss is the world's loss. May God keep you in the comfort of His arms in your time of bereavement.

Posted by Sheila Henderson - Round Rock, TX   August 12, 2011

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 from him. Later in life I learned of his great involvement with higher education, the United Methodist Church and business. He was a giant in all his endeavors and will be truly missed for his leadership in so many fields.

Posted by Col (ret) Ed Komandosky - Taylor, TX   August 12, 2011

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 leader. He will be missed.

Posted by Alexander W. Porter, Attorney - Pflugerville, TX   August 12, 2011

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 after. Dr. King made good use of the dash between birth and death. He earned God's rich reward.

Posted by Johnny & Linda (Holmes) Rankin - Helotes, TX   August 12, 2011

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.

Posted by Bernice Toliver - Austin, TX   August 12, 2011

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 always remember how much you are cared about. Love, Cecil & Octavia Cooper

Posted by octavia cooper - katy, TX   August 12, 2011

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 us in 1969. We respected,appreciated,and enjoyed him as our college President and class mentor.

Posted by Juliet Neal Nious - Austin, TX   August 12, 2011

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 with you.

Posted by Raymond Crayton, Jr. - Centerville, GA   August 12, 2011

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/The Dodge Company.

Posted by Steve Fairchild - Wylie, TX   August 11, 2011

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 the Lewis family

Posted by Bertram M. Lewis - Missouri City, TX   August 11, 2011

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 the enitre King family our hearts and prayers are with you during this time.

Posted by Robert J. Falcon - Austin, TX   August 11, 2011

our prayers are with the family. Dr. King was a dear friend. Jerry & Sue Miller

Posted by Jerry Miller - Hewitt, TX   August 11, 2011

Marjon and Family, May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during your time of grief. Nora

Posted by Nora Oakmon - Austin, TX   August 11, 2011

Condolences to the King family, Two generations of our families shared the Fisk experience with many fond memories.

Posted by Edward V Bennett, Jr.,MD - Albany, NY   August 11, 2011

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 him. We all were close growing up around the mortuary. He was a great role model and will surely be missed. There are people I miss like my father Gus and my son Stephen but I know they are happy and no longer suffering. Boo you especially hang in there and things will level out. Although they are gone from our sight they are not forgotten not in the least bit. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Sandra Bragner Johnson

Posted by Sandra Kay Bragner Johnson - Victoria, TX   August 11, 2011

The Albert L. Patterson Family extends condolences to the King Family. We shared many neighborhood experiences on Maple and Givens Avenue. A final salute to a wonderful spirit of a man!

Posted by Albert L. Patterson - Pflugerville, TX   August 11, 2011

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. Deepest sympathy to the family.

Posted by Dr. & Mrs. George Roberts - Freeport, TX   August 11, 2011

My condolences to the King Family. I will always remember and treasure Dr. King's Legacy.

Posted by Edna O. Rhambo - Austin, TX   August 11, 2011

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 and did so much to make life better for all people in the Austin area, state, nation and world. He will be surely missed. We met Dr. King in 1966 when we relocated to Austin. God Bless,much love, prayer and faith!

Posted by Orvis E. Austin and Family - Austin, TX   August 11, 2011

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.

Posted by The King White Family - San Antonio, TX   August 11, 2011

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 to shine on you and give you peace.

Posted by Herbert Finnen - Corsicana, TX   August 11, 2011

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 Erma B Williams, Mr & Mrs Willie G Williams Mr. William F Houston

Posted by The Williams' Family - Austin, TX   August 11, 2011

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 prayers.

Posted by Lois Bond Hairston - Martinsville, VA   August 11, 2011

To the King Family May heartfelt sympathy comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by Otis & Pamela McCullough - Austin, TX   August 11, 2011

May the good lord grant you peace. My condelence to the family.

Posted by Georgina Abattam - Austin, TX   August 10, 2011

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 contributions to society.

Posted by Ruth Johnson Hill - Baton Rouge, LA   August 10, 2011

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 together in times of adversity. His legacy should always be treasured for what he contributed to Huston-Tillotson University and what he accomplished in society and to the world at-large. Richard Allen Huston-Tillotson, BA 1985 St. Edward's University, MBA '01

Posted by Richard Allen - Austin, TX   August 10, 2011

Marjon, Susan, Clinton and Family, Sincerest condolences on the loss of your wonderful father. God bless your family. Linda Williams Bowie

Posted by Linda Williams Bowie - Englewood, NJ   August 10, 2011

What a great man! Family you will be in my prayers. God Bless you.

Posted by Brigid - Pflugerville, TX   August 10, 2011

Dr. King, a Leader, Teacher, Mentor, of All the TEXAS UNDERTAKERS

Posted by Gregory Brice Daniels - Lockhart, TX   August 10, 2011


Posted by DEREK - AUSTIN, TX   August 10, 2011

Our condolences are with the family. May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, lead you to comfort.

Posted by John & Lois Washington - Austin, TX   August 10, 2011

To The King Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Daphne Lynch Moss Sugar Land, TX

Posted by Daphne Lynch Moss - Sugar Land, TX   August 10, 2011

Dr. King was a TRAIL BRAZER. He shaped Education,Civil Rights, Religion, Business, Huston-Tillotson and TEXAS.Respectfully, Alpha Bro, Norcell D Haywood,AIA, Architect

Posted by Norcell D Haywood - San Antonio, TX   August 10, 2011

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. King rest in peace. I pray for the King family to find peace and solace during this period of transition.

Posted by Ernest L. - Fort Worth, TX   August 10, 2011

I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

Posted by Ernestine Houston - Pflugerville, TX   August 10, 2011

My prayers are with you.

Posted by Keith Lott - Missouri City, TX   August 10, 2011

God bless you and your family.

Posted by Wanda Clark - Austin, TX   August 10, 2011

God bless you during your time of sorrow.

Posted by Fay Terry - Austin, TX   August 10, 2011

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 his life serving the Community. He left us all a wonderful legacy. My prayers are with you and may God continue to bless you.

Posted by Mary Lou Adams - Austin, TX   August 10, 2011

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 a positive impact on their lives, as well as the lives of others. HE LEAVE SO MUCH FOR YOU TO BE PROUD. May God continue to bless you, and remember to make Dr. King proud of you as you carry on his legacy.

Posted by Kaye Frances Jones Peoples - San Antonio, TX   August 10, 2011

To The Family, God bless you during your time of sorrow.

Posted by Min. Ambres & Catherine Kearney - Pflugerville, TX   August 10, 2011

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.

Posted by Minerva Overton Ross - San Antonio, TX   August 10, 2011

God blss you and your family.

Posted by Ralph Pleasant - Misouri City, TX   August 10, 2011

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 everyone who crossed his path. His eyes lit up as he spoke and you knew he was speaking from his heart. A passionate and spirited person, he will be greatly missed. Thanks to the family for sharing him with us.

Posted by Gerry Tucker - Austin, TX   August 10, 2011

Sincere Condolences

Posted by Eva Goins Simmons - Las Vegas, NV   August 10, 2011

Dr King was a friend of my father Dock Reese, we lived in the old tears home for many years.

Posted by Donald U. Reese - Fullerton, CA   August 10, 2011

My prayers are with you all!

Posted by Martha Sanford - carrollton, TX   August 10, 2011

Boo, Our prayers are with you and your family. Eustace Family-Lockhart,Tx. Tillie-Austin,Tx Lynn-Houston,Tx.

Posted by Janet Lynn Lewis Pitre - Houston, TX   August 09, 2011

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

Posted by Alma Rice Tate - Richmond, TX   August 09, 2011

To the King family, Let God be your refuge and strength, may God comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by Dolores Chatman Sennette - Beaumont, TX   August 09, 2011

To the King Family, Dr. & Mrs. King had a tremendous influence on my parents' life, initially when they attended Huston Tillotson College(Overton & Voncile Fullylove). They both held him in the highest regard, expressing their love and respect for him and for Mrs. King. It is no wonder that upon moving to Austin, I was told by my mother to be certain to visit the King family. I am so honored to have known Dr. King and to have shared a part of his life as a choir member of Wesley UMC, as a member of the Huston-Tillotson family and as a family friend. I pray that you all will find peace in knowing the love that surrounds you. God bless you and keep you. Melody Fullylove

Posted by Melody Fullylove - Austin, TX   August 09, 2011

A great man. He was one of HTU's gems. You have my condolences. Class of 1965

Posted by Lawrence Rice - Duncanville,, TX   August 09, 2011

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 pleasure serving Dr. John Q. Taylor King Sr., He will be truly missed, but not his momories, they are what ease the pain of loose. From The Humphrey Family, God's speed. (Anthony and Sarah)Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. ~ Prophet Anthony Humphrey, Austin, Texas

Posted by Anthony Humphrey - Austin, TX   August 09, 2011

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 Heaven has received a blessed soul. My prayers are with you and your family. Nadine & Scott

Posted by Nadine and Scott Walton - Pflugerville, TX   August 09, 2011

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 Spanish at HT and contining with the influence he had in my attending Fisk University. He is truly a legend and will be missed by all. Henry and I will keep your family in our prayers during this difficult time.

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Posted by Denita Thompson - Manor, TX   August 09, 2011

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 College under his Presidency. His bio tells it all! Oh what a great man.

Posted by Sheri & Dwain Marshall - Austin, TX   August 09, 2011

I wish you all well--Dr. King has had a wonderful history with my family; we will miss him.

Posted by larry a. kinchion jr. - glen ellyn, IL   August 09, 2011

My condolences to the family. Dr. King will always be in my memory. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

Posted by Regeina Baldwin Birotte - Hitchcock, TX   August 09, 2011

"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 sympathy and prayers. Teresia Davis Lewis '65 and Reverend S.L.Davis Family

Posted by Teresia Davis Lewis - Austin, TX   August 09, 2011

Truly a ledgen who will be truly missed. Thanks for everything.

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Posted by ANNA (LOVE) PRIESTLEY - PFLUGERVILLE, TX   August 09, 2011

Boo, We are going to miss our boy. We'll miss the kick from Doc that we never got. Surely will be missed. Love, Your other brother Doug Hurst

Posted by Tracie - Austin, TX   August 08, 2011

To the King Family - Dr. King was a wonderful influence on the lives of so many. When I was a student he always had a smile and a kind encouraging word. We all loved, respected and admired him. He will be missed. I will be praying for you. I know that God will comfort and keep you. Barbara G. Evans - HTC/HTU Class of '85.

Posted by Barbara G Evans - Austin, TX   August 08, 2011

To Marjon,Boo and Family, To God be the glory, we love you all and may God continue too bless you! Doc will be missed be he's gone to a better place.

Posted by Tracie A. Miller - Austin, TX   August 08, 2011

Dr. King's life has changed our world and left it a better place. He touched our hearts to ever be forgotten. Wishing the family everything you'll need to get through this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing how many people share in your sadness. God's peace be each of you at this time and always. HTC-Class of '84

Posted by Andrea Charlton - Pflugerville, TX   August 08, 2011

Doc and the King Family have been a vital part of my life from my days as a very small toddler running around Wesley.Even as a small toddler I looked up to Doc the same way youngsters today look up to Lebron James or President Obama.As a black boy I didn't have either Lebron or the President to admire but I did have Dr. John Quill Taylor King and my admiration for him has never ceased nor waivered.I believe that if Doc had been born 39 years later he could have become our first black president.To me he was the epitome of finer black manhood and what it is to be a Christian.Doc cared about all he met even to the point of taking time to show me how to tie my necktie properly just before we marched into the Choir stand one Sunday morning. That meant so much to me. Take your rest Doc and I'll See you in the Morning. Your family Is in my prayers. Love, Joy ,and Peace Frosty

Posted by Maurice Washington - San Antonio, TX   August 08, 2011

On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of the Mortuary Science Department of San Antonio College, I want to extend our condolences on your loss. Dr. King was a truly unique person with the sharpest of minds and the warmest of hearts. To have known him is a privilege. The countless numbers of lives he touched are living testimonies to the difference he made in this world. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Felix B. Gonzales, Chair Mortuary Science Department San Antonio College

Posted by Felix B. Gonzales - San Antonio, TX   August 08, 2011

I want to offer my heart felt condolences for your fathers passing, he is surely a general in God's army in heaven. And you my brother will always be my brother for life, God be with you and your family, Bro.

Posted by Dexter Hollins - Irving, TX   August 08, 2011

It is with the highest esteem and affection that we, Maxine Murphy City and my children of Los Angeles, Ca. regarded Dr. John Q.Taylor King. He was family. His Sister Edwina, was the wife of my brother, Dr. John B. Murphy. The Two Johns were good friends from high school on. Dr. King was raised in a loving family and was a faithful church member. He was endowed with superior intelligence, and with great self-motivation he pressed forward and achieved real greatness. He was blessed with a wonderful wife and family whom he loved and cared for dearly. Goodbye to a very fine man!

Posted by Mrs Maxine City and Family - los angeles, CA   August 08, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of bereavement. Dr. King will live in our hearts forever & ever. He was truly a statesman. We love you all. Loraine Dubra Vienn & Family

Posted by Anna Loraine Dubra Vienn - Houston, TX   August 08, 2011

To the King Family My deepest sympathy for you at this time of sorrow. Dr. John Q. Taylor King was a giant of a man. He will surely be missed.

Posted by Martha Jo Swisher - Oakland, CA   August 08, 2011

My condolences to Dr. King's family & friends. His presence will be missed...RIP Dr. King, a true Pioneer in American History...

Posted by Mary - Houston, TX   August 08, 2011

To Marjon and Stuart, May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. I am so blessed to have known such a great man as your father. He will always be remembered for the impact he made on the Austin Community through both the Huston-Tillotson College and the King-Tears Mortuary. He had a kind and gentle spirit that affected everyone he met.

Posted by Christella Cain - Austin, TX   August 08, 2011

May our Lord comfort you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Rod Houston - Belton, TX   August 08, 2011

The King family hold a very special place in my heart and in my life. I offer my deepest sympathy but I know that "Doc" has been reunited with the love of his life. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. I have many fond memories of and with your family that I will always cherish and hold near and dear to my heart. You are and will always be my "extended family". Dube

Posted by Charles and Evelyn Dubra - Pflugerville, TX   August 08, 2011

A great man

Posted by Cynthia Barker - Austin, TX   August 08, 2011

I am so grateful and blessed to have had the opportunity for my life to cross paths with Dr. King. Thank you for everything Dr. King! God bless the King family. HTC - Class of 79

Posted by Anna Richardson - Austin, TX   August 08, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Dr. King was true hero and change maker to the African American community of Austin.

Posted by Harriette Lott - Dallas, TX   August 08, 2011

My sincere condolences to the family of this great man and friend. I will be forever grateful for your leadership of HTC and Austin as a whole. You never let me forget that we are brothers of the Black and Gold. I will miss you. Fraternally, your brother, Michael B. Moore

Posted by Michael B. Moore DDS - Bedford, TX   August 08, 2011

Stuart and Janice I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family God Bless Tony and Connie Bain

Posted by Connie Bain - Pflugerville, TX   August 08, 2011

Thank you Dr. King for all you did for HT and the students of .class of 1963-1967 and 1970.

Posted by Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Harris Jr. - Austin, TX   August 07, 2011

I have known Dr. King for 54 years and I will cherish every minute of it as a student, son-in-law, fellow military comrade, and fellow lodge brother. Tell my mother-in-law, Marcet hello for me. Love ya, Doc.

Posted by Charles A. Christopher, Sr., MD - Austin, TX   August 07, 2011

Sorry to hear about Dr.King but glad to know he is home & at rest! Dr.King was such a great man, respected by everyone that I knew in our community.He always had a smile & was eager to help when there was a need. He helped my brother (stationed in Korea) get a hardship discharge from the Army when my father suffered a stroke and Mama needed help at home. Mama always looked up to & spoke well of Dr. & Mrs. King. They were strong foundations of our African-American community in Austin, Tx. May God comfort & Strengthen you during this time. Love, Ola Valdez Vaughn

Posted by Ola Valdez Vaughn - AUSTIN, TX   August 07, 2011

May God comfort Dr.King's family during this hour of bereavement. God's army has gained another soldier! Some of the best years of my life were spent at HTU where Dr. King had that listening ear. I will continue to have fond memories of Dr. King!

Posted by Shirley Smith - Waco, TX   August 07, 2011

To The King Family, What a wonderful person Dr King was. His memory lingers. I will always remember his endearing nature and referring to me as "the other Ethel" God Bless You.

Posted by ethel lewis - pflugerville, TX   August 07, 2011

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams

Posted by Reginald Sadberry - Austin, TX   August 07, 2011

My prayers go out to the King family. Dr. John Q. Taylor King will never be forgotten...

Posted by Robin Simpson Deary - Pflugerville, TX   August 07, 2011

To a wonderful leader and friend to so many. . . Dr.King! What a community icon - who will be missed! My sincerest prayers of comfort to the family, and all who loved, admired and respected him so much . . .

Posted by Sylvia Teague - Houston, TX   August 07, 2011

To the King Family, I give to you my deepest sympathy. Dr. King was a genuine legacy. I am honored to be a student graduate of Huston-Tillotson College under his Presidency. He was a wise and nuturing man. He always showed an interest in my studies and flute music. I will never forget as Class President 1979 the day he shook my hand and gave me my Bachelor's Degree and Student Teacher of the Year plaque. I will cherish forever his leadership,guidance and friendship.

Posted by Cheryl Bibbs-Terry - Seguin, TX   August 07, 2011

To the King Family on behalf of the Rev. Vernon Manor Family. Thank you for all the good things you did for the people that you came in contact with. We extend our deepest sympathy at a time like this. Continue to trust God, He is there for you to lean on, when you think there is no one else.

Posted by Seretha Manor Carter - austin, TX   August 07, 2011

Thank You.

Posted by Gloria Hill Black - Austin, TX   August 07, 2011

to The King family DR.King was loved by many and his East Austin families will remember him for his love and kindness, May GOD Bless you and keep you, he will be missed Frieda Randle-Eagan

Posted by frieda Randle-eagan - poplar bluff, MO   August 06, 2011