S.J. King, a life long resident of Lincoln County and former mayor of the City of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully at his home on May 20, 2016. He was age 89. He was preceded in death by his parents Sidney Johnston and Neice’ Blaylock King, grandson Jonathan King, 4 brothers and 5 sisters. He was the youngest of ten children and the last survivor.
Mr. King was born in the Lincoln Community. He served the office of Alderman from 1966 – 1968. He was chairman of the ABC Commission for the State of Tennessee. He was elected mayor of the City of Fayetteville from 1970 – 1976. Mr. King served on the power board from 1966 – 1969 under the CEO, Floyd Nelson.
Mr. King was instrumental in getting Amana, now know as Goodman Manufacturing, to locate to Fayetteville. It was during his terms as mayor that Copperweld opened in Fayetteville. These two companies have been very generous to the City of Fayetteville and Lincoln County. Mr. King was a true servant to his county and to the City of Fayetteville.
He was an avid businessman and part owner of the Piggly Wiggly in Park City. He genuinely loved people and sharing conversations of years passed. He never met a stranger.
He is survived by his wife, Janice (Pickett) King, two daughters, Janice Rollins of Fayetteville, Connie and Larry Hearlston of Flintville, son, Jerry and Emily King of Fayetteville, 2 granddaughters, 5 grandsons, 14 great grandchildren and his precious Yorkie, Annie.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2 pm at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Don Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Flintville Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 12 until 2 pm at Higgins Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Thomas Foundation, 4220 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 or the Howell Church of Christ, 275 South Fishing Ford Rd., Petersburg, TN 37144.
Janice, so sorry to hear of S.J.’s passing. I have very great memories of you both. Keeping you in my prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Janice and all the King Family .So sorry for your loss .May God wrap his arms around you at this time .Heaven has gained another angel.
Janice we were so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Mayor King as we always called him. You certainly took good care of him. Prayers for you and the family.
Janice I’m sorry for the loss of Mr. S J. I will keep you and the family in my prayers. God bless you all.
S.J. was a great man who cared for all people and was especially a man who gave unfortunate people Hope. God bless you Janice and the rest of the family.
What can one say when they lose a brother-in-law? I, for one, am gonna miss SJ King. We had a lot of laughs the past few years. Both of us had grown older and mellowed alot and we became closer. He had a special wit about him. He had charm. He was a gentleman. He loved people. Yes, we will miss him but my sister will miss him the most. He was her life for so long. As the years rocked on, and his health made him more dependent on her for everything, she stepped up to the plate and did an amazing job. He never wanted for anything! The love that they shared for each other was so apparent to me and many others. I admired SJ and he had my respect. But most of all, my sister is one to be praised. She unselfishly put him and all his needs before herself. May he have eternal peace! May my sister, Janice P. King, forever find comfort in the memories and the love and respect from her family. God Bless.
I am so sad to hear of SJ’s death. Janice, you were the best care giver there could have been. You and the family are in my prayers, but also thinking of the celebration there will be in heaven as they welcome SJ.
My deepest sympathy to family & friends. I have grown to know S.J. over the years as he was part my family in Fayetteville. He will always be remembered and missed.
Sj was a giant man who will be missed. He offered good advice and a sense of humor. My love goes oit to his family
Janice and Family, Our hearts are saddened by the passing of S.J. We know he will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends in Lincoln County. May God give you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Love and prayers.
I am saddened to hear of S.J.s passing. Prayers go out to the family. He will be missed.
Thinking of you during this difficult time. You were so faithful to S. J., and you’ve been instrumental in his care for a long time. I know you will miss him terribly. Love you.
So sorry hear this Janice my prayers or with you
We are sorry to hear of the passing Mr.S J. He has been very kind to me and gave me some good advice when I was running for City Alderman.I think he has done a lot for the people of Lincoln Co. and Fayetteville.Our prayers are with the family.
I M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
I am so saddened to hear this. He was a great person and a wonderful mayor. Janice he will be missed dearly