Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, at First Baptist Church for John Conditt King of Artesia, New Mexico.
John (JC) Conditt King went to be with his Lord January 8,2018.
Ty Houghtaling will officiate at the service.
John King was born May 4,1929 on a farm near Tahoka, TX to Arthur O. and Esther King. John attended school in Tahoka until fourth grade when his family moved to Dora, NM in 1939. John attended and graduated from Dora High School in 1946. That fall John took a job on a ship carrying horses to Poland, a war tom country. Later moving to Carlsbad, NM where John worked for U.S. Potash Company. In June of 1949 John married Mary Louise Duncan. John and Mary moved to Artesia when the potash mine closed and John worked for the National Guard which John joined at the age of seventeen; moving up in ranks to Lt. Col. serving in the National Guard and Army Reserve for 47 years. While in the National Guard, John continued his education, attending many military schools throughout his years of service.
John worked for American National Insurance for 27 years. John loved people and was a friend to many. John was a member of the Senior Center and played shuffleboard traveling all over the State for 12 years winning many gold medals. His favorite place was in the Sacramento Mountains at our JRK cabin. John always enjoyed the deer, elk, turkeys and other wildlife and said he felt closer to God there. John loved eagles and his wife said he was the wind beneath her wings; he also enjoyed hymns sung by his nephews.
John was a deacon at First Baptist Church Artesia for several years, taught Sunday School Classes, served on the kitchen, wedding, baptismal committees and worked parking lot security duty along with other deacons of the Church.
John was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Arthur O. King Jr. and his wife Delma.
John is survived by his wife Mary of the home, a son John Michael King his wife Beverly, a grandson Alex King of NC and extended family Jason Slane his wife Mary and their daughter Olivia of Amarillo, TX.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to:
New Mexico Baptist Children's Home
PO Box 629
Portales, NM 88130
What a wonderful man. Godspeed to you sir, Godspeed!
Vern BoltonRoswell, NM
May you all be encouraged and at peace in knowing that John is enjoying the gift of eternity. What an great story teller and an amazing Christian man. Thank you God for sharing him with us. I pray that you all feel the love that God's has for him and the love He has for you!
God Bless you all, Susan Hudson
Susan HudsonCommerce City, CO
King family, so sorry to learn of John's passing. I recall very fondly the many times our families spent together. I know John is in Heaven rejoicing in the Lord.
May God grant you peace in this difficult time.
Greg BratcherSan Angelo, TX
Dear Johnny and Beverly,
Sorry to hear about your dad, just to let you know you are in our prayers, if there is anything you might need just call.
Tony & Loretta Hall
Tony & Loretta HallArtesia, NM
Our condolences go out to the King family during this loss. This world loses a great man but he has joined a great army with our Savior. May God Bless you and prayers.
Raul RodriguezArtesia, NM
Mary, our heart goes out to you and your family. John was exceptional...quiet person and loved to be around him....always had a smile and a good ear to listen. He loved the Lord and he serve Him well. John will live in our heart, May God Bless all.
Bill and Andie CarpenterLas Cruces, NM
Sorry for your loss! Prayers for you all!
Silvia HaldemanArtesia, NM
Mary and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I can't remember a time during my early years at First Baptist Church not knowing you and JC. You were such wonderful friends and wonderful Christians. Heaven is gaining a wonderful Christian!
Shirley Daugherty ThielLubbock, TX
May the resurrection hope spoken of at acts 24:15 provide comfort to the family and friends of John who look forward to seeing him again.
Oh, how we will miss our dear cousin J.C. So many wonderful memories enjoying the stories and laughter. To Mary, Johnny and family, our prayers for comfort during your loss.
Vaunda and Mike Stenzel and Wayne KingPahoa, HI
Prayers an thoughts to the family.
John & Mary have positively influenced many folks.
John’s kindness and wisdom helped me in ministry and life.
Joseph TilleryLockney, TX
Mary & family,We are so sorry for your great loss. John was a great friend of mine. We served together in the Guard. He was a great officer and a special friend. He will be greatly missed.
We pray Gods comfort to you all.
Curtis and Katherine TeelArtesia, NM