Service will be held at Temple of Praise Community Church located at 1900 Amarillo Blvd at 11am. Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary 1416 N. Hughes St. Amarillo, Texas.
Ira Lee King, Sr. 71, died December 16,2018. He was born September 14, 1947 in Crowell, Texas to Minuard and Josephine King. He was the eldest of 13 children.
Ira attended school in Petersburg, Texas. He later joined the U.S. Navy where he served 2 years active duty. While in the Navy, Ira was on the USS Hornet and part of the Apollo Rescue Team. He served in Vietnam and had the honor of meeting President Nixon and Neal Armstrong. After leaving the Navy he attended College at Cal State University. He gave his life to Christ and was called into the Ministry. He was ordained in 1977 and dedicated his life to serving God. He was the Assistant Pastor under Jimmy Lee Paschall for 17 years at Greater Shiloh Church of God In Christ, in Compton, California. While a member at Shiloh, Ira met Linelle Byone. They were married for 21 years and raised their three children.
He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend whose life touched many people. He loved going to Church and always shared the word of God. Ira loved to go fishing, reading his bible, watching Walker Texas Ranger and action movies. He loved to Bar-B-Que and was known as the King of Chess.
Always smiling, he was best known in Church for singing, “It’s A Blessing To Be In Service One More Time.”
Survivors include three sons, Larry King of Compton, California. Diondre King/Byone (Rachel) of Keller, Texas. Ira Lee King, Jr. of Amarillo. One daughter, Kini King of Amarillo, Texas. Nine grandchildren: Zahkwee, Zeldon, Kashabrean, Ky’Anna, Barry, Ireanna, Zakera, Kori, and Lauren. One great grandson, Korbyn. Five brothers: Joe King, Johnnie King, and Tracy King, all of Amarillo. Jerry King (Valorie) of Dell City, OK. Jack King (Mary) of Lubbock, Texas. Four sisters: Carla Thomas (Robert) Amy King, Pamela King and Shelia King all of Amarillo. A host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and friends.
Although Ira will be missed, he will forever remain in our hearts. As God called him home, we know he was shouting, “Somebody lift your hands and say yes!”
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