|Henrietta Brown King was born on June 20, 1899, to Theresa Thorguson Brown and George Humphrey Brown in Berwick, Louisiana and died December 23,1999 in Yates Center, Kansas. She had three brothers who preceded her in death, Gilbert Brown and Ted Brown of Baton Rouge, and Dewey Brown of Berwick.
After graduating from Morgan City High School, Henrietta attended business college, normal school, and the St. Louis Institute of Music. She taught first grade in Baldwin, Louisiana for several years before her marriage to Rev. Thomas Frederick King on October 26, 1926 in Berwick, Louisiana. She continued sharing her talents with others and assisting in the music of the church throughout her lifetime. She taught private piano for over 60 years.
She was the church organist for the Berwick Methodist Church when Rev. King was appointed to serve the Berwick Church. Other appointments Rev. and Mrs. King served were Lake Arthur, Sulphur, Bunkie, Ida, New Orleans and a second appointment to Berwick. In their later years of life the Kings moved to Kansas to be near their daughter, Carol Jean Vorhees. Their son, the Rev. Jack King, is a Methodist minister in the Indiana Conference. There are five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A faithful servant of the church, a devoted wife, a loving mother, always a friend with a smile, Henrietta is grieved by many. Her daughter says in remembering her mother, “Mother has given us the greatest gift of all, the example of how to love. She did not teach love, rather she lived love.” She was laid to rest in the Coyville Cemetery beside her husband, Fred, who passed away October 11,1990.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 254|