Dr. Dar­rel D. King

Cald­well & Cowan Funeral Home

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Dr. Dar­rel D. King of Covington went home to be with the Lord Jan­uary 13, 2014, af­ter a brief bat­tle with leukemia. He was born in 1938, in a farm­house in Camp­bell, Mo., to Del­bert and Melba (Shaf­fer) King. The son of a share­crop­per, he was ed­u­cated in a one-room school­house. He of­ten cred­ited his teacher, Althea Malin, with in­spir­ing him to think big and pur­sue his dreams be­yond the Cot­ton Belt Rail­road and the boot heel of Mis­souri.

When he was 12, his fam­ily moved to St. Louis. Dar­rel’s life of ad­ven­ture and travel be­gan in 1959, when he was sent to St. Paul Is­land in Alaska by Foulke Fur Co., as its youngest-ever project man­ager. In the sum­mer of 1961, he ac­cepted Je­sus as his per­sonal Lord and Sav­ior. The fol­low­ing year, he mar­ried Janet Hol­land of St. Ann, Mo. They were blessed with two daugh­ters, Beth and Sara, whom he loved dearly.

From 1961-1964, he served his coun­try in the U.S. Army. Dur­ing the Ber­lin Cri­sis, he was dropped be­hind en­emy lines to aid po­lit­i­cal refugees to free­dom. He was called to preach in 1967 and pa­s­tored sev­eral small churches in Mis­souri and later in Geor man­ager for the 1973 St. Louis Billy Gra­ham Cru­sade and as­sisted with other cru­sades. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, his in­volve­ment with World Lit­er­a­ture Cru­sade’s Change the World Schools of Prayer fueled a pas­sion for prayer that would re­main with him for the rest of his life.

In 1983, he moved to At­lanta, to work in the - itual Awak­en­ing at the Home Mis­sion Board of the South­ern Bap­tist Con­ven­tion. In the 1990s, he re­ceived his master’s de­gree and doc­tor­ate of min­istry from Luther Rice Sem­i­nary. His decades of re­search on Methodist preacher and prayer war­rior E.M. Bounds led books. Years of min­istry took him to 11 coun­tries, and he preached in all 50 states.

In re­cent years, he en­joyed serv­ing the com­mu­nity in the min­istries of his church, East New­ton Bap­tist Church. His fa­vorites in­clud­ing send­ing do­nated cof­fee to U.S. troops and pro­vid­ing food for those in need. If he were here today, Dar­rel would want you to know God can use even a share­crop­per’s son if you will only make your­self avail­able. Those who knew Dar­rel will re­mem­ber him for his love for the Lord, his love of peo­ple, his giv­ing spirit and ser­vant’s heart, his in­fec­tious smile, and his abil­ity to lo­cate the best bar­be­cue restau­rants in the lower 48.

He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Del­bert King; step­fa­ther, Del­mar Craw­ford; mother, Melba Shaf­fer King Craw­ford; and his sis­ter, Joyce King Hansma.

Left to trea­sure his mem­ory are his wife of 51 years, Janet King; daugh­ters and son-in-law, Beth King and Robert Neph, Sara King; grand­son, James Neph, all of Covington, Ga.; and nu­mer­ous fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Funeral ser­vices for Dr. King will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at East New­ton Bap­tist Church, Covington, with Pas­tor Tom - ter­ment im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Cald­well & Cowan Funeral Home, 3134 Floyd St., Covington.

Flow­ers will be ac­cepted, or do­na­tions may be made to the Build­ing Fund of East New­ton Bap­tist Church, 11290 High­way 278 E, Covington, Ga. 30014.

Visit www.cald­welland­cowan.com to place on­line con­do­lences 770-786-7062. held at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at Bethabara Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church, Covington, with the Rev. Carl Jones, pas­tor, as eu­lo­gist, as­sisted by oth­ers. In­ter­ment fol­lowed in the church ceme­tery.

The fam­ily wishes to ex­press heart­felt thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for acts of kind­ness shown dur­ing this time of be­reave­ment.


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