John H. King Jr. was born on Oct. 17, 1955 in Tulsa, OK, the son of John H. King Sr. and W. Louise McClellan King. John attended Tahlequah Public Schools, graduated in 1973 and furthered his educational path with a business degree from NSU.
John and Geneva Dumond King were married in Oct. of 1973. Their lives together have spanned 45 ½ years of marriage. They were blessed with four children: Chief of Police Nate King, Associate Judge Joshua King and wife Michelle, Rebecca King Sharp, and Andy King and wife Sara. Even more blessings flowed with each grandchild that arrived in the family: Daniel and Cara King, Craylyn, Cooper and Caleb King, Ezekiel Sharp, Isaac, Luke and Jamison King.
John is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, as well as his mother, Louise King, one brother, Stan King and wife Denise, two nieces, Amanda King and Johnna Consadine.
John was preceded in death by his father, John H. King Sr., his sister Mary King Baron, his nephew John Paul Baron and one great niece, Kingsely Crittenden King.
John worked in management positions in numerous areas: Sales, Advertising, Nursing Home Administrator, buyer for Tahlequah Lumber Co. and Cherokee Nation Entertainment. He also served as Pastor of Tenkiller General Baptist for 13 years. He retired in January of 2015 due to health issues.
John’s love for the sport of baseball was huge part of his life. He coached his children as well as many others from T-ball age through high school age. He managed and coached, with Rick Rozell, the first Little League team from Cherokee County to win a state title. He spent years involved with youth, teaching skills, building self -esteem and making the game fun and successful. Players would cross home plate “Walking Like An Egyptian”, playing the field like "Lion after the Gazelle" and the favorite was booming out the tune “Who let the dogs out”.
Local play at Phoenix Park and tournament play in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Indiana brought together a huge family of friends. That family watched out for each other, fed, watered, scrubbed uniforms, and banded together. This era was one of John’s favorite times to look back on and tell old stories about.
John also had a great love for hunting. He spent countless hours in nature – always after that big buck. He instilled in his children that same love for hunting and nature.
God, family, and friends were the order of things for John. He departed this life at the age of 63 years old and five months, but he has entered into a realm that will never end. Pain free for an eternity. No Worries for an eternity – Nothing could be better for John.
sorry to hear about your loss .. john was a great guy and was always willing to listen to what you have to say or if you had a bad night at work and ready to walk away he always reminded you that its for you not anyone else he always had a way to have you to look at the bright side of things and could make you laugh .. I will miss him he was a good friend
I went to school with John a short time my name is always very kind rest in peace John prayers for your family
Brenda S BrockCatoosa, OK
John it was a pleasure to know you! Rest In Peace 🙏
Harl BlairFortworth, TX
Prayers and love to your family and friends John will be missed by all that had the pleasure knowing him and his family🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Butch & Connie ParnellTahlequah, OK
John- I am sorry I haven’t stayed in touch better. I learned so much from you while we worked together and you will be missed. I loved hearing your stories and your advice was always on the mark. Heaven just got a lot cooler.
Cassie MurrayBentonville, AR
John, as you Walk On, know you have touched so many and you will be missed in this realm.
Kehoga BlanchardMuskogee, OK
Prayers to the King family. John was a fixture at the NSU baseball facilities and raised an amazing family.
Randy BolingerBroken Arrow, OK
Sending my prayers for your whole family at this time of loss.
Mary Jo StoppWagoner, OK
May you rest in peace.
Maryetta Brannon NobleStilwell, OK
May God hold the sweet King family in the palm of his hand. So very sorry for your loss. Prayers being said to help you through this difficult time.
Lynnette Wininger ThompsonRose, OK
Rest in Peace ole friend! Memories in Tunica! I'm honored to have you call me "Coach"! See ya soon!
Jim JolliffPensacola, FL
So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed knowing and graduating with John. My prayers are with his family.
Connie Smith RhodesHulbert, OK
Gone way too soon. So, so sorry.
Cheryl CrosswellTulsa, OK
Geneva, my love and prayers are sent to you and your family. I have and always will feel you, John and the kids as an extension of my family. You and John took my family and me in and loved us unconditionally. John will always be in my heart. I was blessed so much the day you two came in my life. My heart is heavy for your family bit I know you will be together one day forever.
Micki BrownSallisaw, OK
Will miss my classmate he was always fun to be around Class of 1973 will be thinking of him
Archie K WrightFORT WORTH, TX
You was a very distinguished individual whom I've had the pleasure to work with. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to the King family during this sad time.
Gerry VerretteKansas, OK
John was a good friend and co worker with me at Tahlequah Lumber. He will be missed.
Rich & Sue CrambergTahlequah, OK
John and his family has always been good to me and mine. He will be missed, sorry for your loss
Chris WilliamsArlington, WA
Neva and family, My heart hurts for all of you. John was a great person and loved his family with all of his heart. We are sending prayers for each of you during this difficult time.
Hank and Jean Ann Varwig
Jean Ann VarwigSiloam Springs, AR
So sorry for your loss, are prayers and thoughts are with u 🙏🙏
Nick and Karen HubbardTahlequah, OK