King, Emma (Mrs. Willis J.)


Mrs. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, one of four children of the Reverend and Mrs. George W. Arnold. Dr. Arnold served his ministry in Georgia with a great deal of distinction; this splendid heritage found residence in the lives of his children.
Mrs. King pursued her education at both the elementary department of Clark College and the Cheyney Teachers College at Cheyney, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of her studies she entered upon work with the Y.W.C.A. as a Youth Secretary both in Washington, D. C. and in Maryland. The work of the Y.W.C.A. remained one of her chief interests throughout her life and she devoted much volunteer service in this direction. Upon the death of her father she returned to Atlanta and taught in the public school system of that city for many years. On June 28, 1944, Emma married the then newly elected Bishop Willis J. King. He was assigned to the Monrovia Area, West Africa and they immediately left for Liberia. They labored together for twelve years in the mission work of that country.
Mrs. King, dedicated to the work of the church, worked side by side with her husband, supporting and bolstering his efforts and working untiringly with the women and young girls both in the mission field and at home. Emma would often say to friends, “You know I am married to the ministry.” She brought to this union and its ministry charm, dignity, culture and understanding. A dutiful and devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend and a loyal and loving wife, she passed away on June 29, 1976. She was predeceased by her husband, the late Bishop Willis J. King (retired) in death on June 17, 1976. Her remains are interred in the Arnold Plot, Southview Cemetery, Atlanta.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference1977, p.174 By Robert F. Harrington

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