The Committee on Deceased Ministers submitted a report, which was concurred in and recommendations adopted, and is as follows:
"We, your Committee on Deceased Ministers, submit the following report:
Since the last meeting of Mayfield Presbytery, He Who is the head of the Church, has seen fit in His wisdom to call from our ranks our dear beloved brother, Rev. J. V. King, to his reward.
"We recommend that we have Presbyterial funeral at the hour of 2 o'clock this afternoon and tht Rev. D. W. Fooks deliver the sermon."
REV. M. D. JONES, Chairman.
J. B. JONES,
V. T. ROARK.
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery, October 12, 1914, page 14]
The hour of 2 p.m. today was the Hour of Special Order for the funeral sermon of Rev. J. V. King, deceased. Same was delivered from Ps. 25:10, "All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies." The sermon was followed by a number of short talks in the way of a memorial service.
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery, October 12, 1914, pages 16-17]
This humble servant of God, and one of the "Senior Soldiers" of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was born in Alabama, October 6, 1836.
In his infancy his father moved to Weakly [sic: Weakley] County, Tennessee. He professed faith in Christ at the age of twelve years, at a Methodist camp-meeting, at Blooming Grove, Carroll County, Tennessee, and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, at Geen Hill, Tenn., soon afterwards.
In 1857 he was received by Obion Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry and entered school at Middleburg, Tenn., under the tutorship of that sainted man of God, Rev. Joe McLesky. In 1861 he was licensed to preach, and in 1863 he was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry at Pleasant Grove, Calaway [sic: Calloway] County, Kentucky. These were dark days in the history of our country, from 1861 to 1865, and tried the souls of men, but our brother went through them unscathed and was never molested in his ministerial duties.
In 1863, March 5th, he was married to Miss Catherine Elizabeth Thomas, of Obion County, Tennessee, who proved to be an helpmeet nad co-laborer indeed, until January 8, 1910, when she bade farewell to time and timely things and entered into the haven of repose, where sickness, sorrow, sin and death are felt and feared no more.
In the spring of 1863, he entered the field as a "Circuit rider," forming a circuit that required three weeks to make the round, preaching every day except Monday, which he reserved for rest and study. He so arranged his work that his wife knew every day where he was, so that if it became necessary for him to be called home, she would know where to find him. In this work he spent four months making his round every three weeks without missing a single appointment. He says: "I never was molested in any way, although the country was full of soldiers, they never hindered me an hour through the whole time I was in this field of work."
After making four regular rounds in his work he began protracted meetings. He says: "I will not attempt to give full detail of my work, but only relate a few incidents and statistics.
At Unity Church, near where I lived, I held a meeting which resulted in the conversion of about sixty souls. Among the number, four old men, ranging from sixty to eighty years, all of whom joined the church and lived devoted Christians until death. Four weeks later I held a meeting at Henderson's school-house where I had been preaching through the summer that resulted in forty conversions. At the two meetings there were one hundred conversions and about the same number of accessions to the church." This, indeed, was a fine showing for a young man just starting out in the ministry, and much better than many older men make. The last meeting he describes was a wonderful meeting indeed, and shows what the Lord will do for a people when they fully surrender themselves into His hands. The meeting continued about three weeks, and the interest became so great that it was not necessary to have any preaching for four days and nights. The Spirit of God was so manifest in their midst that the people would come from the grove, where they had been praying, praising God. Many of our old "soldiers" have had similar experiences. What is the matter with the church today? Has she departed from the old land-marks? I fear she has. I know this was true for several years previous to the unfortunate (?) union contention. But thank God, I feel that she is swinging into line, and ere many years shall have passed by she will have regained her wonted glory.
At the November meeting of Presbytery, 1863, he made a report of his work as a "Circual rider," which was received as highly satisfactory, and he commended for it. He now belonged to Mayfield Presbytery, by reason of removal and change in presbyterial bounds.
Soon after this Brother King began preaching as a supply to the churches of Mayfield Presbytery, and so continued for forty-six years until the death of his wife. Since that time he has preached funerals and assisted in meetings as occasion demanded.
Our brother is now near the border-land, being in his seventy-eighth year. He is bright, cheerful and happy--a fully ripened, golden sheaf, just waiting to be gathered into the heavenly garner.
"How happy are they, who their Savior obey,
And have laid up their treasures in heaven."
Senior Soldiers: The Biographies and Autobiographies
of Eighty Cumberland Presbyterian Preachers.
Compiled by The Cumberland Presbyterian Board of Publication. The Assistance of Revs. J. L. Price and W. P. Kloster is
Greatfully Acknowledged. Nashville, Tenn.: The Cumberland Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1915, pages 86-89]
J. V. King
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1915, page 110]
Children of Charles King and wife:
1. J. V. King
Cumberland Presbyterian Minister
born: 6 October 1836 - Alabama
died: June 1914
married: 5 March 1853 - Obion County, Tennessee
wife: Catherine Elizabeth Thomas
[daughter of ?]
died: 8 January 1910
Children of J. V. King and Catherine Elizabeth Thomas: