Obituary for Thurs., Dec. 15, 2016

Published 2:18 am Thursday, December 15, 2016

Johnnie Ruth Reeves King

Mrs. Johnnie Ruth Reeves King died peacefully at her home on Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, at the age of 89. She will be greatly missed by her extended family and friends.

The family will receive visitors at the First Baptist Church, East Three Notch Street, in Andalusia beginning at 10 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 15; funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., and be followed by interment in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Dr. Bill Montgomery and the Rev. Peggy King Scott will officiate. Dr. Joseph D. Scott will provide music.

Born in Coffee County, Mrs. King lived most of her life in Andalusia, where she raised her family, worked as a co-owner of King’s IGA Grocery, and served in numerous children’s ministries of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, William Hugh King; her father, John Henry Reeves; her mother Fleeta Parrish Reeves Teate; and by her brother, William “Bill” Reeves.

She is survived by her sisters, Patricia Reeves Northrop of Opp, and Janette Reeves Locklier of Flomaton; her sister-in-law, Annette Reeves of Andalusia; her children, Peggy King Scott of New Roads, La.; William Hugh King, Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Rose Hill, Ala.; Catherine King Alexander and husband, Gary, of Andalusia; her grandchildren, Jennifer Scott Borden of McLean, Va.; Mary Elizabeth Scott Van Sickle of Natchitoches, La.; Carrie Elizabeth King of Auburn, and by Alex Tyler King, Mitchell Lee Alexander and Edith “Edie” Ruth Alexander, all of Andalusia; by nine great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews. She will be remembered for her tireless devotion to her extended family, her bountiful and wonderful cooking, and her gracious and unassuming generosity in helping anyone in need, particularly children.

The family wishes to thank Dorothy Cobb, Shirley Harris and Brenda Ziglar for their loving service during the past years of Mrs. King’s home confinement and to all who visited and expressed care and concern during this time.

In her honor, donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering of the First Baptist Church of Andalusia or the charity of your choice.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at