Billie Louise King, 84, of Beaumont passed away Dec. 8, at Harbor Hospice.

A gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday, Dec. 11,  from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home.  The celebration of Mrs. King’s life will be Thursday, Dec. 12,  at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, with interment to follow in Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Mrs. King was born March 8, 1929 in Garrison, TX to James and Etta Youngblood, one of 12 children. She moved from East Texas to Orange where she met and married her husband of 65 years, Russell Leon King. Mrs. King was devoted to teaching the children of Cove Baptist Church to love their faith as much as she did and she enjoyed singing in the church choir.  She loved to crochet and knit but she did have one well known vice, her love of Dr. Peppers!  In 2007 Mr. and Mrs. King moved to Beaumont where they promptly joined West End Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Ernest James King and his wife Glenda, of Lufkin, and Michael King of Beaumont,  Aleta King and Freida King Wilde of Orange; and son Richard King and his wife, Susan of Austin;  grandchildren, Natalie Johnson, Elizabeth Pittman, Michael King, Amy Wagner, Stephen King, and Sherry Turner; 13 great-grandchildren, and sister Martha Meyers of Chicago, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

The family of Mrs. King wants to extend their special thanks to Mrs. Libby Taylor and her team of caregivers, Jennifer, Maggie and Tiara.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cove Baptist Church, 1005 DuPont Drive, Orange, TX  77630; West End Baptist Church, 8180 Phelan Blvd. Beaumont, TX 77706; or Texas Children’s Hospital at: Texas Children’s Hospital, P. O. Box 300630, Houston, TX  77230-0630.