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John Felix King
April 30, 1940 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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John Felix King, 83, of Danville, IL, peacefully drifted into Eternity on January 12th, 2024, at OSF Heart of Mary Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. A relentlessly happy man, he lived his life with joy and purpose.
Born to Charlie and Birdia King on April 30th, 1940 in Turrell, AR, John was the youngest of the family. He attended Danville High School in Danville, Illinois. During that period he met April Louise Ingram – whom he would marry on March 17th, 1963. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2023.
He was employed for 30+ years for General Motors in their Central Foundry, and retired from them in 1993. He then worked for Chem-Cast, working there until his *true* retirement in 2002. After his retirement, he took part in what gave him joy, which was donating much of his time to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church taking on roles of Treasurer and Trustee, along with faithfully volunteering at the Food Pantry; tending to his yard and gardening (you’ve probably had something out of his garden if you live in Danville), fishing, cooking, reading, watching Westerns and sports, jokes, and spending time with his family. A lifetime Cubbie, he got to witness the Cubs win the World Series in 2016. He was also a lifelong fan of the Chicago Bulls, Fighting Illini Basketball, and the Chicago Bears. In fact, he has stated that he would have loved for the Chicago Bears team to be his pallbearers, so they can let him down one last time.
He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, April King; his daughter, Michelle Tate and son-in-law Antione Tate, both of Richton Park, IL; three grandchildren; Amber King of Austin, TX along with Aniyah Tate and Antione Tate II, both of Richton Park, IL; one sister, Ivory Jean Tate of West Memphis, AR. He also leaves behind an array of nieces, nephews, cousins, and even dubious “nieces and nephews”, as he was “Uncle John” to a fair amount of not-actual-relatives in Danville. He was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Birdia King; a son, Terrance King; and several siblings.
While flowers are always appreciated, please also make food donations to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. Feeding people was something that was dear to his heart, and frankly, other than cracking some jokes, is one of the best ways to keep his memory alive.
A homegoing celebration will commence at 12:00 Noon Saturday January 20, 2024 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church 311 N. Collett St., Danville. Eulogist: Pastor Lucius Barber. A visitation will begin at 11:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow after at Springhill Cemetery.