Jimmie King died Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, 2013, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton, under the care of Skiff Hospice.A funeral service for Jimmie will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Baxter Evangelical Free Church. Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton is entrusted with the arrangements. A visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home. Pastor Eugene Bucklin will conduct the service. Memorials are being designated in Jimmie’s name to the Baxter Evangelical Free Church or Progress Industries. Burial will be in the Restland Cemetery in Baxter.
Jimmie E. King, 78, the son of Neal Leo and Juanita Janet (Mercer) King, was born Oct. 2, 1935, in Clinton. He had attended schools in Clinton and Auburn, Ill.In 1953, Jimmie was united in marriage with Carolyn A. Gray. They later divorced, and on Jan. 1, 1978, Jimmie was united in marriage to JoAnn M. (Hills) Springer at the First Lutheran Church in Newton. Jimmie was employed by the Maytag Company 26 years, retiring May 29, 1992, in the maintenance department. A longtime resident of the Jasper County area, he devoted his life to his family and friends, and was a member of the Baxter Evangelical Free Church. He enjoyed his coon dogs and mules.
Those left to honor Jimmie’s memory include his son Darin D. (Pauline) King; his daughter Kitty (J.C.) Burton; step-daughter Diana Lee (Tommy) Illingworth; step-son Donald Scott Springer; his 12 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren; a sister Leola (Larry) McPeck; and his many friends.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife JoAnn on April 2, 2012; a son David E. King; and one sister.
Online condolences may be left for the family at: www.pencefh.com.