|John Lucas King, Jr., was born on April 14, 1920 to the union of John and Lena King in Greenville, Mississippi. As the son of a Methodist minister, his childhood was spent in many cities in Mississippi. Among these were Greenville, West Point, Oxford, Aberdeen, Tupelo and Louisville.
John Lucas accepted the call to the Christian Ministry during his senior year in high school and continued his education preparation by attending Rust College, Jackson College and Gammon Theological Seminary and the University of Southeast Louisiana. His pastorate began with his assignment to the Columbus Circuit Charge and continued in the Upper Mississippi Conference at Yazoo City, Biloxi, DeKalb and Forest. During his pastorate at Forest, he met and married Madice Nixon, July 4, 1956 with his father, Rev. J. L. King, Sr., performing the ceremony. To this union eight children were born (two preceded him in death). The children are Marie Channiece, 14, Madice Eileen, 11, Claudette Denise, 8, Reginald Lucas, 7, Gwedolyn Loretts, 5, John Christopher, 10 months.
In 1960 John Lucas was assigned to the Louisiana Conference at Franklin Circuit. He also served at Shreveport, Bogalusa and was appointed to Neely Methodist Church in Baton Rouge in 1971. He has given 26 years of service to the ministry.
John Lucas’ ministry was characterized by a serious dedication to the teachings of Jesus Christ. His conception of being “great” may differ from our present day’s version. It did not entail the quest for materialism and social status. His family will always remember him as “great” for his sacrificial life of love, compassion, endurance and forgiveness.
He leaves a wife, 6 children, 2 sisters, 6 brothers, 2 uncles, one aunt and many genuine and concerned friends among the lay people and his brother ministers in the Louisiana Annual Conference.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1972; p. 139|