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.
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.