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James King


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Heaven gained an amazing dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, James Allen King, age 62, went to be with our Lord and Savior. He was born to Earl H. King and Gladys Stevens on January 3, 1956, in Roswell, New Mexico. James’ love lives on through his children: Abby King-Sorensen and husband, Steve Sorensen, James King and wife, Christina King, Joshua King and wife, Rose Ann King and Lori King-Whann and husband, John Whann. James was very proud of his children, but his greatest gift was his grandchildren: Paul, James, Camillo, Phillip, Aubrey, Wade, John, Joshua, McKenzie, Bailey and Anastasia; all thought TaTa was the KING.

He is also survived by his baby sister, Vanessa King; brothers: Lester King and Ollie King. James is also survived by his lifelong friend, Phil Miles, who was considered a brother. Nieces and Nephews are: Dustin, Mathew, Lacey, Jesse, Justin, Cindy, Leslie, EJ and David, and one niece who met him in Heaven, Crystal.

James’ infectious smile and sense of humor were undoubtedly why he was loved wherever he went. His hugs and prayers would melt away stress, sorrow and pain.

James was strong in his faith and never questioned that he would spend his eternal life in Heaven. As life began to take a toll on his body, he never feared death. Nor did he want sadness in his death, rather he wanted everyone to celebrate, for he was with Jesus.

At a very early age, music became James passion. He was born to play drums; his talent came easy to him, as he was a self-taught drummer. James was given his first drum set while still in grade school. He played in the Roswell High School band and went on to play in bands with Phil Miles, Ben Brown, Sam Dunnahoo and many, many more. So many different musicians and genre of music that it was impossible to list them all. Although it wasn’t his favorite talent, James also became known for his raspy singing voice and was even a front man for the band Radio Zebra in the early 80’s. He toured Germany with Radio Zebra and also recorded another album called, “The UndertaKING.” Locally he played in a very popular band known as, “The No Sleep Blues Band,” where he played drums and did vocals. Much of his recorded works will be used during his memorial.

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James was a loyal employee of Access Point Delivery Systems for nearly ten years. He would often talk about the many people he encountered on his daily trek of 425 miles. James genuinely found fulfillment in helping others. He would say that it wasn’t a job that many people could do, but he found peace in listening to the Bible on CD over the many miles he traveled.

Services will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 2:00 PM. A Celebration of Life will be announced at the Service. Celebrate James’ life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.

In lieu of flowers bring food, drinks or money donations for the reception following the celebration of life. The reception will be announced at his Celebration.

James’ family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.


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