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Bettye Coleman King

November 5, 1927 — December 25, 2023

Rockwood, Tennessee


Mrs. Bettye Coleman King, age 96, a resident of Rockwood, Tennessee passed away 
Monday, December 25, 2023, at the Roane Medical Center, Harriman, Tennessee. She was 
born November 5, 1927, in Rockwood, Tennessee and married Carl “Bud” King on July 1, 1957. They were lifetime members of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Rockwood. Bettye graduated from Rockwood High School in 1945 and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1949.  She began teaching at RHS with the 1949-1950 class and retired in 1981 after 31 years of teaching Home Economics. She was a member of the Roane County Retired Teachers Association. 

Bettye joined the Rockwood Business and Professional Women (B.P.W.) in 1950 where she remained a faithful member for over 73 years, making her the oldest member in the state of Tennessee. This December she was honored as a 35-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), Avery Trace Chapter; and a 50+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star (O.E.S.), Rockwood Chapter # 382. 

Mrs. King was an active member of the U.T. Alumni Association and an avid supporter and fan of Tennessee Volunteer Athletics, attending as many games as she could as long as her health permitted. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, art, doing genealogical research, and traveling, notably to Texas to visit her grandchildren. She loved her beloved cat, Socks the Kat and had even raised award-winning Cocker Spaniels for a period of time. 

Most of all, she loved her family, but especially her grandchildren. You simply just had to mention their names and she would beam with pride; she loved them fiercely and was able to have loads of hugs and kisses in her final days. 

Bettye was preceded in death by her parents, James Paul Coleman & Mary M. Melton Coleman; husband, Carl Marvin “Bud” King; brother, James Leland Coleman; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James W. “Pop” King & Myra Mae King; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Hugh Ingram King & Frances King, Dr. Glenn Wilson King, and James Horner King; and several other extended family.

Survivors include Daughter & Son-in-law: Blanche King Wheeless (Donald) of Midland, TX; Grandchildren: Sara Raygan Wheeless, AlmaLe` Marie Wheeless and Blane Christopher Karl Wheeless, all of Midland, TX.  Sisters-in-law: Mary King of Rockwood, TN and Pat Evans of Harriman, TN, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and great-great nieces and great-great nephews and many other relatives and special friends.

The family will receive friends Thursday, January 4, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the 
Evans Mortuary. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 5, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. from the 
Chapel of Evans Mortuary with Pastor Nate Williams officiating. Committal services and 
interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, Tennessee. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ; P.O. Box 45, Rockwood, TN 37854. An online register is available at Evans 
Mortuary of Rockwood, Tennessee is serving the family of Mrs. Bettye Coleman King.

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