Mrs. Winogene “Gene” Spikes (Mrs. James C.) King of Evergreen passed away August 22, 2018 at Evergreen Nursing Facility. She was 93.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am., Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Evergreen Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Messer officiating. Interment will follow in the Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Cope-Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of these arrangements.
Mrs. King was born February 15, 1925, in Black, Alabama, moved to Evergreen in 1941, and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1943. She was then educated as a Registered Nurse at the Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans. She worked as the operating room supervisor in Jackson Hospital in Montgomery and also served in that capacity for a time at the Conecuh County (later Evergreen) Hospital. She worked part-time at the Conecuh County Health Department, retiring from active duty nursing in 1985.
Mrs. King was a long-time and active member of Evergreen Presbyterian Church, serving as a Ruling Elder to the congregation to which she was devoted. She was also a member of the Helen Keller Club, as well as volunteering her time to the local American Heart Association. She received the Volunteer of the Year Award as president of the Conecuh County Cancer Society. Mrs. King was a member of the Conecuh County Hospital Board and the Rural Health Board where she spearheaded the effort to attract more and better medical care for the county’s rural residents.
Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, James Crawford King; her son, Charles Devon King; her mother, Irene Spikes Lewallen; and brother, Charles Davis Spikes.
Survivors include her son, James Crawford King, Jr., of Decatur, Alabama, and special friends Gilbert and Robin Harden of Evergreen.
Serving as pallbearers are as follows Gilbert Harden, Myles Wiggins, Jack White, Craig Palmer and Mike Faulkner. Honorary pallbearers are John Law Robinson and Robert Mason.
Special thanks to all staff at the Evergreen Nursing Home and Southern Care Hospice.
A special thanks to nurse’s aide Denise Rankins due to her special bond with Mrs. King.
In lieu of followers, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Oak Ranch, P.O. Box 507, Springville, Alabama, 35146-8998.