Carithers, Kenneth Karl


August 11, 1902-1979
The Rev. Kenneth Karl Carithers, known as K. K., was born August 11, 1902 at Princeton, Indiana, the youngest child of Thomas L. and Sally White Carithers.
As a young man K. K. was active in social action programs and was a member of the Lion’s Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the Odd fellow’s Lodge. Later he was a member of the Town and Country Commission of the Louisiana Conference. His last position of service was as a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Tammany Parish Council on Aging.
K. K. was married June 14, 1928 to Rose Pierson. A few years later he was called to preach. These two knelt at the altar of Faith United Methodist Church in Princeton and promised to go wherever God wanted. He preached for one year in Indiana, sixteen in Arkansas and sixteen in Louisiana. Two years of college were gained at Arkansas A&M College, Monticello.
Rev. Carithers was responsible for the direction and development of the lives of many persons and for many persons going into full time Christian service. His ministry culminated in a family of 15 persons serving either full time or retired. Many persons to whom he ministered are leaders in the churches to which they belong because of the training he gave.
K. K. was the source of material items, of advice, and of brotherly love to any person who had need and would accept his help. Few persons have ever been more deeply dedicated to the service of God than was K. K. Carithers. He planted in many fields, and God gave the increase.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1979, p. 180 By Jim Constable

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