Lela M King Irion of Paris, Texas, was greeted by her Savior and loved ones who preceded her in death on June 28, 2018.
She was born to Dorris Livingston and Pearl Mae Roberts Jackson in Paris, Texas, the 5th day of January 1925. Early in life, Lela received Christ as her Savior while attending Immanuel Baptist Church where she was baptized. She graduated Paris High School in 1944. Lela, known as Jackson, worked at Perkins Brothers in downtown Paris as an elevator operator, in gift wrapping, and as a switchboard operator. It was there she met her future husband William D. King fell in love and eloped to Hugo, OK, where they have married 23 June 1945. After their marriage, Lela worked at Westinghouse for several years. After the death of her husband, 04 Sep 1968, Mrs. King successfully obtained her Real Estate License. Continuing her education, Mrs. King obtained her Broker/Dealer License and opened her own Real Estate business. She was a member of the Paris Board of Realtors and was voted Realtor of the Year by her peers. In 1977 in Las Vegas, NV, Mrs. King married Mr. Robert R. Irion, a fellow Realtor. Mr. Irion preceded her in death in 1984.
Mrs. King-Irion was a member of First Methodist Church, the London Bridge Club Ladies, and various other bridge clubs. Additionally, she was proud to trace her ancestry to the founding of the United States as a member of the Lone Star Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
Mrs. King-Irion was blessed with and survived by three children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. One son, William D. King, Jr, and wife, Pamala A. Bishop King of Texarkana, Texas; two daughters; Sydney Beth Jackson-King, of Paris and Sherry J Moree and husband J. Scott Moree also of Paris. Three grandchildren are; Michael A King and wife Emily of Huntsville, Alabama; William L King of Austin, Texas; and Evan Paige Moree of Paris. Four Great-Grandchildren: Langston Everett, Jonah Pierson, Callianne Eden King; of Huntsville, Alabama and Hayden Scott Moree of Paris, Texas. Surviving Mrs. King-Irion also from Paris, Texas is nephew Boyd N. Cunningham and a host of other nieces and nephews living out of town and one grand-God-daughter, Bailey Nicole Williams, of Haskell, Arkansas. Included in the household was her 4 footed companion, Murphy Crawford King who shared her chicken livers with great gusto!
The family will receive friends at Fry-Gibbs Funeral home, Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Graveside services only will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 at Meadowbrook Cemetery.