By Portia A. Scott (www.atlantadailyworld.com)
Family, friends and well wishers celebrated the life of Janette Yvonne King recently at Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church in Southwest Atlanta. King, music director at Hoosier, was well-liked and thought of, as a packed audience poured into the church on Saturday, Nov. 5, around 11 a.m.
A cadre of key speakers remembered the deceased as a gifted musician, who was very sincere in her work and “challenged her own life and others in the church choirs.” She is gone but not forgotten, said Rev. Curtis L. Lester of Greater Bethany Baptist Church, where King was a former member. “She was jolly and a happy-go-lucky spirit, but serious about music,” Rev. Lester said. Rev. Richard Winn, a former pastor of Hoosier and now senior pastor at Ben Hill UMC, said he served nine years as her pastor. “She had a broad span in her music, and challenged her own life and others in church choirs.” Rev. Winn also praised the deceased as being “saved and a servant of God, who understood her challenge was to get here on Sunday.” Winn added that she was “sincere, special, saved and spiritual.”
More reflections were brought by Rev. Dr. Walker Kimbrough, retired UMC pastor, and Dr. Carolyn A. Knight, pastor at Providence Baptist Church, where the deceased was a member, as well. Rev. Knight acknowledged her love for cats and said they became good friends as a student and co-worker. “She was gifted in many ways, and loved ITC and her church, which she served both faithfully.”
Janette King, who died from complications from an illness and stroke, joined Hoosier in 1992 and began working in the music department of that church. She graduated from Gammon Theological Seminary of ITC in 1996, with a Master of Arts Degree in Church Music and a Master of Divinity degree in Christian Education. She also began singing in the ITC Chorus and served as an assistant to Dr. Melva Costen, director of the chorus and a professor at ITC. While at ITC, King received several awards and honors, and was inducted into the International Society of Theta Phi in recognition of her high attainment in scholarship at ITC.
Other reflections were brought by Dr. Michael I.N. Dash of ITC, executive assistant to then-ITC President Robert Franklin, who praised the deceased for her interpretation of music and “who brought music and ministry to her projects.” He praised Janette King for being “at rest, where pure enjoyment remains.” Dr. Dash thanked God for knowing the deceased and having associated with her.