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King, Opal M.

King, Opal M.

March 9, 1933 — January 22, 2021

Opal was born to Jobie and Rosie Bell Slaughter on March 9, 1933 in Waco, Texas. Opal graduated from Moore High in 1952 and studied to be a licensed practical nurse at Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas. She married Joseph Oscar King in 1955 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Robinson. They had three children together.

Opal worked for the Jones Store Company for over 30 years and helped many young ladies as they started their careers in retail. She was a dedicated member of Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she was a member for over 25 years serving on both the Adult Usher Board and Welcome Committee. Opal enjoyed helping people and working in the community where she lived. She served as President and Treasurer of the 35th Street Block Club. Opal loved her community and served as the President of Palestine Neighborhood Development Corporation (PNDC) for over nine years. She mentored others so the spirit, life, and success of PNDC could continue. Opal was a board member of the Kansas City Municipal Ethics Committee and received the Spirit Award from LINC for resident-led change in her community in January of 2008. She was honored to be a Senior Queen at a Lincoln University Homecoming.

Opal enjoyed retirement, her children, serving her community and serving her GOD. As her health changed, she moved to communities that were able to support her life-style and provide activities and the specific care she needed.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Oscar King, son Joseph Oscar King Jr, parents Jobie Slaughter Sr. and Rosie Crain Slaughter, siblings: Joe B. Rauls, Marion Slaughter, Bennie Slaughter, Johnny Slaughter, Leroy Slaughter, Newton Slaughter, Joe Lewis Slaughter, Elizabeth Slaughter, Rosie Bell Haynes, and Emma Lee Thompson.

Opal, leaves to cherish her memory: daughters Deborah King Williams (ElRoy), Janet Walters (California), son Reginald King, sisters Katie C. Sparks, Florence Wydermyer, Amy Webster and brothers Edward Slaughter and William Slaughter and a host of family and friends.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by a service celebrating Opal's life at 11:00 am, on Thursday, February 4, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, 1640 North State Route 291 (I-35 at 291 Hwy), Liberty, MO 64068. Private committal services will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Opal's service will be live streamed.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by a service celebrating Opal’s life at 11:00 am, on Thursday, February 4, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, 1640 North State Route 291 (I-35 at 291 Hwy), Liberty, MO 64068. Private committal services will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Opal’s service will be live streamed.

King, Opal M.'s Guestbook

My sincere condolences to Debbie & Uncle Elroy, Reginald. Grandma King shares a special place in my heart since I was a little girl. Continue to cherish all memories. Love you and praying for you all

Stacie (Adams) Owens & Family

Debbie and Family We extend our sincere condolences. Your mom and Thelma (our mom) were good friends and shared many memories on their travels together. Your mom was a joy with a beautiful smile. May God's light and blessings shine on you and your family during this time. The Jones Family

Michelle D. Jones-Denmon and Family

Deb and Elroy, Your California family sends our deepest condolences!!! We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Miss Opal .. She will be missed dearly by all, but never forgotten. May she Rest In Paradise ! We love you ! Your Lil Sis Keiana (Rodney) Braxton

Rodney & Keiana Braxton

Never forgotten. My big sis.

Norma Newton

Deborah & Elroy, I didn’t get a chance to meet Mother King, but with that smile and glow on her face I know she was a great, happy and blessed woman. Hubert and I am so sorry for your loss. We wish you and your entire family PEACE. God Bless you all. Rest in paradise Ms Opal

Rita Andrews-Eason

Deb and Elroy, I love you both and am so sorry for your loss! I will miss her sassyness and her smile! She was a jewel in your crown Deb that you will always have! Love you Mrs. King!

Nancy Litte

Dear Deborah (Elroy) and Reginald, We are never ready for our loved ones to make this final transition, but God has his plan to bring his children home. Our heart is broken and she leaves so many beautiful memories. Remember those precious moments, God's comfort and care of others, and the healing power of time. Love you guys, Ella Hogg Family

Ella Hogg (Uncle Leroy’s Daughter)

Mrs King will definitely be missed. Many memories our family had with Mr and Mrs King. Condolences, and prayers to your family from ours. RIP Mrs King.

The Family of Oscar and Thelma Jones

Deb, Your mom’s spirit lives in you. What beautiful souls you both are and it is the ultimate gift from God to be loved cherished and honored as Ms. Opal is fondly and forever remembered in our hearts. May you navigate this new path of your life with sweet memories of your mom and revel in the experience and blessings of a mother’s unconditional love. While a mother’s love is incomparable, know that “goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life” because she loved you and taught you when love is given, love is received. You give love beyond measure and that is a reflection of a mother’s love. Much love and prayers to you, Elroy and your entire family. Love you, Beth Ann

Beth Medlock Hunter

To Deborah and Reggie, Your mother Mrs. Opal King, was a beautiful spirit person who touched all of our lives. The Lee family is thankful to had experienced the love from her. Mrs. King was our other bonus Mom we loved dearly. She always steered us in the right direction. It was such a joy to visit her home and family. Deborah, Oscar (deceased) and Reggie became our extended siblings. Your mom cooked meals; the season taste was out of this world. We remember Mrs. King working at The Jones Store and I worked downtown took my lunch break and shop at the store. I would always find her to say hello; she had a radiant smile. Your Mom helped my mother to get a job at The Jones Store and later on I started working part time in the China Department. The Lee Family will MISS your Mom, Mrs. Opal King. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. RIP

Toi Lee & Family

My sincere condolences and prayers for the loss of your mother. We are praying for you that God gives you comfort during this time. I love you dearly.

Debra (Williams) Wells

We miss you my friend! May the Lord be with Reggie and family at this time. Will keep you all in prayer. Bless you!!

Mitty Jones & Family

We love you King family. We will miss Aunt Opal and her beauty. Heaven rejoice to have a beautiful angel join.

Edna and Robert Potts

Debbie and Elroy, We give you our deepest love and sympathy for the loss of Ms. Opal. She was a treasure and will deeply be missed by us all. Larry and Kassandra Smith

Larry Smith and Family

Good morning, My condolences to my cousin Deborah William and Reggie I love y’all and hello King and Slaughter family hope everyone is ok and I do apologize for me not being able to be there in person but we will miss and always remember Aunt Opal and that beautiful beautiful smile and those delicious meals she would have every time I would come over on Bales. Love Kenneth Thompson Lakisha Thompson Zyon Thompson

Kenneth Thompson and Lakisha Thompson

Deborah & Elroy Condolences to your family and all who were touched by Ms King.

Stephen Boyd

My condolences to Reggie, Debbie and the entire family. As you mourn the loss of Mom, Mrs. King. She was always smiling and cheerful. May God comfort your hearts and give you peace.

Roderick D. Watts

Mother king I thank God for your amazingness. through you, you blessed us with my auntie Deb and for that I will forever be grateful. kiss mommy for me rest in peace. ❤️

Belinda Reaves

To Reggie and Family, my deepest condolences in the loss of your loved one. A mother's love is forever! My prayers are with you today! Trust God who is more than able!

Kim Bruce

Ms. Opal was always smiling. She was a pleasure to be around. My family offers our deepest condolences. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me take care of Ms. Opal and be part of the family. She will truly be missed.

Neosha Collier

To the King family: We offer our condolences. Mrs. King was a beautiful person whom we had come to know and love. We will miss how welcoming she was and the wonderful hospitality she always showed to family. We know she is with the Lord now. We will continue to pray for peace and comfort for Debra, Reggie and the King family. Love you all.

Todd & Lisa Williams

Deborah and Reggie. I want to personally tell you how sweet and loving your Mother was to me. She always made her home warm and loving and the doors were always open . She was a true Mother figure to many of us. I know you will miss her but God has given her earthly wings to glory. The Coleman family sends their deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family of Opal King. Our prayers are with you. The Coleman Family

Sheila Coleman Hamilton

We send our heartfelt condolences, and sincere love! Mrs. King was always so kind, and treated everyone with lots of love. We will miss her beautiful smile, and kind spirit. Love, Marlon, DiAnn, and family

Marlon & DiAnn Lewis

To Deb, Reggie, and the entire Opal King family, We were grateful to have Mrs. Opal King served as our President, for many years, giving of her time, talents and beautiful smile. She is gone from our sight, but never our memories; gone from our touch, but never our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We realize no matter how old we are, losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. Yet her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom live on, like a legacy of love that will always be with you. Each time we embrace a memory, we meet again with those we love for the heart never forgets. With our love and condolences, Always the members of the 3500 Bales Block, formerly the "The Block Club!"

3500 Bales Block Families

We would like to express our deepest sympathy in the passing of Mrs King. She was a great Neighbor and friend with my Mom and uncle and I considered her my Mom also. We will never forget her . Our thoughts and prayer to Reggie and Deborah and the family. God Bless

Ronald and Betty Harris

My Aunt Opal was a true woman of God you will be truly missed every time I came to Kansas city it was like I never lefted you always made feel special you where like another mother to me I will always cherish the beautiful memories we had even through looking at pictures with your beautiful smile I love me some Aunt opal. Cousin Debbie my prayers are with you and Reggie Love you Aunt Opal your Niece Rosalyn Fraziet (Beadie)

Rosalyn Frazier (Beadie)

Ms. in Deborah and the family from Ricky and Renee Williams..."everything's gonna be alright, trust in the lord who will keep her safe for you. We bow our heads in prayer for your comfort, we bow our heads for your continued love of your mother. As long as you keep her memory alive by saying her name, she will always be with you in Jesus' name, Amen"...

Rick Williams

Reggie and family, To express my sympathy in the loss of your mom and let you know that my thoughts are with you. Think of all the wonderful things and even though she's gone, within your heart and memories your mother will live on. Rosa

Rosa Davis

Deb & Elroy, the style and grace of "Pretty Mama" will be missed. She had such a sweet and gentle presence. A smile that truly lit up a room. Her beautiful legacy lives on and we are better for knowing her.

Charlie & Edwina Brown

Truly sadden to hear the loss of Opal. My sincere sympathy to the family.

Gene Franklin Sr.

Reggie and Debbie-the loss of a mother is unimaginable. Mother’s care so much about their kids and the unconditional love that they have is beyond words and tears. We understand the sadness is deep and the heaviness in your heart is almost unbearable. Everyone grieve in their own special way. Allow yourself to grieve and reflect on those special moments to lighten your sorrow. Let the memories leave you with a sense of grace and gratitude. God of love and mercy, embrace Reggie and Debbie, whose heart overflow with grief. Grant them space to express their tears. Lord, hold them close the coming days! May your love and power push them through those quiet and lonely days. Give them rest, peace and sleep. God, bless the entire family (son, daughters, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends), during such time as this. We ask this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen Love, peace and comfort! Phillip and Angie Washington

Phillip and Angie Washington

Dear Reggie - We are so sorry to hear that Ms. King passed. We know how much you loved and cherished your mother. You were a dedicated son and can be at peace that you did all you could for her comfort. We did not know Ms. King well, but when we met her, we were impressed that she was indeed a great lady. If you need anything from us, Reggie, please let us know and we will gladly oblige. We love you and wish you well as you grieve the loss of your mom. God bless you. James & Brenda

James and Brenda Byers

I first met Sis. King at the downtown Jones store, where she was always so helpful and friendly. Later in the years I met her after joining The Greater Mt. Zion MBC. She always presented herself as a classy lady, inspirational, and provided quality leadership as President of The New Members Committee. My prayers goes out to her family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Dorothy M Ruffin

We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and will keep you uplifted in prayer. Reggie your mother will be missed. She was such a sweet and lovely person with a wonderful smile, and we know she loved working with the Block Club. God Bless you.

Mr.& Mrs Walker and Sandra & Anthony High

Family, we send our Condolences and lift you both up in prayer. Mrs. King's beautiful smile is shining down on you both, she's a brilliant light in Heaven. Remember we're here for you and love you. Your Mom will truly be missed. May God be your comfort as He is our Comforter.

James, Dimika, Jada and Maya Jarvis

I had the "gift" of a bonus mom in Opal King. She could light up a room with her smile. Just like the gem "Opal" she was irresdasent in her beauty and spirit. On my many visits back to KC she would fry me whiting fish with all the fixings just because she knew it was one of my favorites. That's love. She was an amazing cook. I will miss my bonus mom who loved me so, and I am grateful she called me daughter and gave me unconditional love. She will be dearly missed. God has called her home for rest but she will forever rest in my heart for the lifetimes of memories we shared together. To my family, her friends and loved ones I offer my condolences and prayers. She was one loving, giving, and remarkable women of grace and substance. Love you Opal King.

Janet Walters

Doilnella and I extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family as you celebrate the life and homegoing of your dear Mother. It was truly a blessing to have known Mrs. King and spend time with her. We enjoyed the good times whenever in her presence. One thing we know for sure, Opal King enjoyed life and sharing with others. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will miss her! God grant you peace as you go through this difficult time.

Charles Williams

Opal King family, it is with our heartfelt sympathy that we express our sincere condolence. Aunt Opal as she was known to my children as the other mother who they adored. Opal was ever so kind with a smile you could not forget. We were friends for over 60 years and not a day went by that she was not in my thoughts. May her memories comfort the family and her smile remain in your hearts. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday.

Vivienne Smith – Johnett-Dee- Alec

My aunt you will be truly missed may u Rest In Peace .loved u to family and friends you all have my deepest sympathy

Luewanda king

Our Sincere Condolences and Prayers, Georgia Miller and Family

Georgia Miller and Family

Deborah and Elroy, Sallie and I extend out deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at the passing of your mother. Ms. King was quite the polished, gentle woman exhibiting such grace and kindness. Each encounter with her left such a sweet memory for us to reflect on during this time. Her beautiful smile and kind soft words will be missed. Deborah and Elroy our prayers are continually ascending up to our Father on your behalf for His comfort and strength to you in the days ahead. Love and Peace to you and your entire family Sallie and Vincent Williams, Centreville, VA

Sallie and Vincent Williams

Ain't Opal will be truly missed. She was an amazing woman and I truly enjoyed how she was always kind. She was certainly a woman of the Lord and would extend her kindness and cooking to the community. Rest In Paradise. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time. Tammy & Meng Vang

Tammy (Davis) Vang

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