DEXTER -- The Rev. Gerald W. King, 77, died Dec. 26, 2007, at the Missouri Southern Healthcare.
Born Aug. 14, 1930, in Campbell, son of the late Roy Judson and Cleda Mildred Allen King, he had lived in Poplar Bluff, Sikeston and St. Louis before he moved to Puxico in 1967. He had owned and operated a welding shop and had worked for the Puxico Schools as a bus driver for many years. He was a General Baptist minister and had pastored at area churches and was currently pastoring the Hill General Baptist Church near Bloomfield. A volunteer at the Puxico Nutrition Center, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War.
On June 28, 1968, in Kinder, he married Bonnie Mae Lackey Jones who preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 1997.
Survivors include: four daughters, Cathy Dunivan and Sherry Spencer of Advance, Cindy Kennedy of Poplar Bluff and Bethel Covington of Abilene, Texas; six sons, Danny King of Poplar Bluff, Stanley Jones of Grassy, Marvin S. Jones of Puxico, Randy Jones and Rex Jones of Jackson and Kenneth Jones of Indianapolis; three brothers, Kenneth D. King of St. Charles, Carl E. King of Mt. Home, Ark., and Robert D. King of Puxico; three sisters, Mary Jane Harrison of Advance, Lois Mae Loida of Sullivan and Ina Marie Davis of Omaha, Neb.; and 30 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. Sunday at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday. The Revs. Ray Placher of Puxico and Kenneth Lambert of Bloomfield will officiate.
Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.