Kari Alice King, fondly known as “Alley Cat”, passed away at 3:23 pm at ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital at the age of 89. She was born to James Delpha McCormick and Neva Raine Fields McCormick. Siblings include the late June Delores Flint, James “Bo” Muriel McCormick, Curtis Jesse McCormick, Charles Neal McCormick, and Judy Ann Flint. Survived by her older sis Geraldine “Bunny” Lovullo and her baby brother, Wayne McCormick.
She had those she thought of as her children such as the late, Stacy Sharon McCormick, as well as Paul Kevin Flint and Brandy Nicole Hazelwood. Many others she felt very close with as well.
Alice was a member of the Tarboro English Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She spent many hours in the full time ministry in New Bern, NC with her cousins and in Tarboro with her sister Bunny among others. She loved talking with others concerning the hope of living forever on a paradise earth under God’s Kingdom. During Covid times, many participated in the ministry by letter writing. Alice would do this as well and often say how much it hurt her hand, but she’d do it anyway and would write them over to make sure they were legible.
Alice was an avid reader and researcher and this was often reflected in her wise comments at her Bible meetings, sometimes with a touch of humor sprinkled in. She dearly loved and cared for fellow congregation members and would often speak of many great memories with various ones as well as concern with subsequent prayers offered up for others.
She loved Jehovah’s creation, although quite terrified of bees. Despite her terror, she would always try to get them out of her home alive. She often put out leftovers for any hungry animals to eat and a bucket of water. One of her most frequent visitors was a grey fox that she was always happy to see. She even took pictures and videos of them eating. Her niece Sandra would lovingly tease her about becoming a wildlife photographer.
Alice loved to play games of various sorts. She was quite good at many of them as well. She was really good at those hard type puzzles with coding and hidden messages and such. She was also a master at Bible trivia. She was highly competitive, and this was very apparent when we played a game called Greed together.
She loved to dance and used the fridge as a partner often times when younger. She also was quite fashionable. Everything had to match. Kari was able to look great while being a frugal shopper.
Alice said her mother Neva was lamenting that she didn’t have much left to leave her children and Alice told her that she already gave them the best legacy you could have-teaching them about Jehovah God.
Alice was always quite spiritually uplifting and would often encourage others. She talked on the phone every night with her niece Sandra-often times multiple times a day. They would end the conversation with Sandra saying, ‘see you later alligator’ and Alice replying, ‘after a while crocodile’. Her big sis June would often say this as well.
We look forward to see her spunky self once again with the resurrection to come.
In addition, we’d like to thank everyone for all the love and care displayed during this hard time.
Memorial service for Kari Alice King will be at 1:00 pm on April 8, 2023, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2237 Sherwood Ave., Tarboro, NC, 27886. For those who attend on Zoom; ID: 824 0522 3908 Passcode: 842604
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