September 28, 2021
Bettie Odessa King was born December 29, 1920, in Nashville, North Carolina to Iley Williams Bryant and Lillie Blanch Rudd. She was one of eight children. She moved to Washington, DC in 1939 and married Army Veteran, James King, in 1940. With God leading their journey, they had a beautiful family of two sons, three grandchildren, eight bonus grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and six bonus great grandchildren. For over 100 years, Bettie has truly blessed so many people. The following sections are dedicated to her memory and are only a small semblance of a life well-lived and a woman well-loved.
“Grandma King’s food fed your soul. She did not teach me how to cook by a book, recipe card, or any type of notes. It was all by memories of all her favorite dishes and generations of dishes taught to her by ones before her. It was an honor to sit at her kitchen table and share time. Thank you.” Love, Bruce
“Grandma King is incredibly beautiful and powerful. Her success as a business woman has been an inspiration for the entire family. What is truly remarkable is that she accomplished so much in spite the 1900s clear divide. Blacks were struggling for economic equality, racial discrimination, segregation in school and so much more. Although Grandma King was up against the same issues, she issues, she managed to create success through hard work, prayer and determination. Witnessing her drive from her years in business and missionary work, while maintaining a household, taught me the gift of aging with Grace and the power in knowing that I am a child of God for whom all things are possible. Grandma King, we are so blessed and thankful to have been chosen as your grandchildren.” Love, Danielle
GOD & MISSIONARY
“Grandma King believed in the power of prayer. As I would sit beside her in bed, I would hear her praying for everyone by name. Thank you for teaching me to pray.” Love, Jamelle
“Grandma King was always there for her family each and everyday. She provided unconditional love and never gave up on us. Thank you for the constant prayers of the Lord’s covering. Thank you for modeling and teaching us how to be the epitome of strong black women. Most importantly, thank you forteaching us the kindness of giving from the heart. ” Love, Shannon
Grandma King was a beautiful person inside and out. She was elegant and kind hearted and the greatest person I know. Love, Lareshia
For 100 years, Bettie King graced our family with intellect, elegance, commitment and unwavering faith.