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Fayetteville (formerly of Mt. Olive) -Eldress Joan Marie King transitioned to her eternal rest on Thursday, March 29 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.
She was born in Harnett County on April 13, 1953 to the late Frank and Annie Elizabeth Davis.
She attended Duplin and Sampson County Public Schools, graduating from Union High School in 1971. She worked faithfully at Burlington Industries of Mt. Olive for twenty years and Piggy Wiggly of Mt. Olive for sixteen years until her retirement in 2016.
Joan gave her life to Christ in 1975 and in 1977 she answered God's call to preach the gospel. She took her calling seriously and served with fire and compassion for over forty years. She has been a member of First Baptist Calypso, Saints Delight of Smith Chapel and Holy Ghost Cathedral of Mt. Olive. She served as Assistant Pastor of Gospel Revival Uplift Ministries of Mt. Olive from 2006 until the very end.
She prided herself on telling God's people not what they wanted to hear but rather what they needed to hear from God. She would often say, "I'm saved, sanctified, baptized and filled with the holy ghost, anointed and appointed to preach the gospel." Mom would often times be the match to a church service. She would jump up and say, "Praise the Lord everybody", and she would go from there.
Eldress King leaves to cherish her memory: One son, Anthony (Ericia) Davis of Fayetteville, NC. One daughter, Collette (Milton) Waters of Goldsboro, NC. Two brothers: Charles (Renee) Hicks of Garner, NC, Frankie Davis of Goldsboro, NC. Four sisters: Pastor Shirley Pigford of Mt. Olive, NC, Rev. Camelia (Albert) Worrells of Goldsboro, NC, Vicky Harper of Dudley, NC, Judy Davis of Raleigh, NC. Ten grandchildren: Yamika Matthews, Iesha Oliver, Shon Moye II, Anthony Davis, Eric Davis, Alexis Davis, JaHari Waters, Tyler Waters, Amir Waters and Marquel Waters. Three great-grandchildren: YaMere Matthews-Ward, NaSir Matthews-Ward and Harmoni McClain. A host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. One special sister-in-law: Mother Eloise McDaniel