Nov. 4, 1931 – Jan. 20, 2021
Alice Elizabeth Staton King, 89, passed away from natural causes in Columbus, Ga. She was born in Mexia, Texas, the only child of Edgar and Leta Mae (McCravy) Staton. She grew up in Mexia but later moved to Georgia and graduated from Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Ga. After high school, she attended North Georgia College where she met her future husband, Charlie N. King III. After his graduation from NGC, they both attended the University of Georgia where she completed a degree in Home Economics and Mr. King completed his law degree. Alice was a long-time member of the Episcopal Church, most recently of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Dahlonega, Ga. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Dennis) Cook of Hamilton, Ga.; sons Chuck (Kerry-Ann) King of Cumming, Eddie (Jennifer) King of Altadena, Calif., and Marcus (Patty) King of Glendale, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Mendy Woods (Alan), Virginia Patterson (Chris), Caitlin Sowell (Mack), Sarah King, Katy King, Jasper King and Ava King; and eight great-grandchildren, Emma, Alden and Izzie Woods; Mackenzie and Ella Patterson and Jet, Bo and Ali Sowell.
Alice loved the 1800’s home she and her husband bought and restored in 1962, Primrose Cottage in Roswell, Ga. She loved decorating it for Christmas and opening it to all family and friends on Christmas Eve. She knew no strangers. Her family fondly remembers sharing a meal with two young Mormon Missionaries who knocked on the door at dinner time, afterward calling their mothers to let them know what nice young men they were and that they were doing well. She planted a garden in every home she lived and children and grandchildren remember stringing beans on her huge back porch. She reminded them often that “Life is too short to be unhappy.”
She found her true happy place at the home they bought on Lake Lanier where they eventually retired. The screened-in porch at the lake became the place of epic card games especially Spite and Malice with the grandchildren. Every summer this was the site of family reunions with loud groups of sandy, wet people of all ages floating, swimming, skiing, swinging in the hammock and devouring copious amounts of fresh vegetables, fruits and Charlie’s Chicken. Alice could be seen skiing away from the dock, pulled by one of her sons, well into her 60’s. She was a voracious reader and exceptional bridge player. She sang opera in college and even in advanced years sang beautifully to all the hymns she loved especially at Christmas. She was fiercely devoted to her husband and children and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a gentle soul and will be missed by many.
Alice will rest with her husband Charlie in the memorial garden at St. Elizabeth’s in Dahlonega. A memorial service will be planned at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to travel. Those who wish may make gifts in her memory to the Charles N. and Sarah Mae King Scholarship Fund at University of North Georgia (Fund #7567) 82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597.
Dawson County News
Feb. 3, 2021