2009-09-16 / Other News

Ceremony honors Dr. King

Dr. King's grandchildren, from left, O.H. King Jr., La'Nez King Mock, Bobby King, Betty King Chandler, Lamar Willis, Hardy Jim King, Julian Willis, June Willis Harris and Vivian Willis. Dr. King's grandchildren, from left, O.H. King Jr., La'Nez King Mock, Bobby King, Betty King Chandler, Lamar Willis, Hardy Jim King, Julian Willis, June Willis Harris and Vivian Willis. A large group of descendants of Dr. John James King (b. August 3,1829, d. October 7, 1907) attended a joint Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy Iron Cross dedication ceremony at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Clay County in memory of Dr. King Sunday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m.

The Stewart-Webster Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp #1607 and the Mary Brantley Chapter #446 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, assisted by Company K, 17th Regiment "Stewart Grays" Re-enactment Regiment, conducted the ceremony.

Dr. King volunteered to serve in Company A, 51st Regiment "Early Volunteers" of Clay County to offer his services as a physician.

Jack Bynum, on behalf of the Cuthbert VFW, welcomed everyone. Joan King Lashley, of Cuthbert, presented the memorial tribute to her great-grandfather, who fought with the Army of Northern Virginia where his regiment was involved in many major battles fought in Virginia and into Pennsylvania throughout the war.

Dr. Gail King Nesbitt, of Cordele, also a greatgranddaughter, read Dr. King's eulogy which was published in the

Early County News newspaper after his death. After the War Between the States, he became a preacher in addition to being a local doctor. He and his wife, the former Sarah E. Harris, were the parents of eight children, some of whom were born after the war. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren attended the dedication.

Guest speakers were Jack Bridwell, of Moultrie, commander of the Georgia Division SCV and Pete Giddens, of Irwinville, commander of the 9th SCV Brigade of Georgia. Both expressed their appreciation for the service of Dr. King and his love of the Confederacy and for every ounce of Confederate blood in all of everyone there.

Commander Bridwell asked for a show of hands of veterans of all wars who had fought for the freedoms we Americans enjoy and several in attendance raised their hand with Bridwell saluting the World War II veteran.

A member of the Mildred Rutherford Chapter of the Children of the Confederacy, Will Cobb, of Richland, was the drummer boy with the "Stewart Grays". SCV members participating were Chase Shannon, of Preston; Donald Lupo, of Preston; Herbie Majors, of Parrott; Bruce Ross, of Columbus and Glynn Cobb, of Richland.

Other members of the SW Camp attending the service was John Gatlin, of Sasser and Jimmy Wills, of Parrott.

The Stewart-Webster SCV Camp presented certificates of appreciation to Mary Frank Wills, of Parrott and Rena Cobb, of Richland, members of the Mary Brantley Chapter UDC, and Donald Lupo, of Preston, a member of the SW Camp as well as the re-enactors for their selfish and dedicated service to the cause.

Other UDC members having a part in the ceremony were Pat and Terri Gatlin.

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