O. D. King was born on February 19, 1928, to the union of Miller and Alice Wedlaw-King in Benton Mississippi (both deceased). He was the baby of nine children raised in Benton, Mississippi. He departed this life on November 11, 2020, surrounded by family.
Visitation is Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. until noon at Knight & Strong Funeral Home in Yazoo City.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Cleveland, Miller, James, Johnnie, R. C. and two sisters, Mildred and Hildred.
His early education was in the Yazoo County school system. He later pursued additional education through his employer, Continental Can Company in Chicago, Illinois. At Continental Can, he had many different jobs: maintenance, sales, coffee maker/grinder and what he loved most, truck driver.
O.D. retired from Continental Can Company in 1988 after 23 years of service. In 1987 he became an entrepreneur and opened a neighborhood pub called ‘Markeita’s” (named after his oldest granddaughter) on Chicago’s southside. Markeita’s remained open until May, 1999 when he moved back to his roots in Benton, Mississippi.
O.D. was united in holy matrimony on November 19, 1987 to Dorothy Collins by Rev. Johnnie L. Miller. With this union, he gained a son, Brian Martin.
O.D. joined Mt. Nebo M.B. church of Benton, Mississippi and was baptized in July of 1999 by his then pastor, Rev. Willie F. Mitchell. He served Mt. Nebo faithfully as treasurer of the Benevolent Ministry. He only missed church when his health would not allow it.
O.D. was a great cook on both the stove and the grill; loved to dress; had a kind and giving heart and always willing to help, He especially loved his family. He was a great husband, father and grandfather. One of his most regular sayings was “there’s always two sides to every story”. He was truly a peacemaker and did not like conflict. He was very slow to anger. Because of his mild and loving heart, O.D. was loved by everyone he touched shoulders with. He just loved people and loved having company over.
One of his most favorite things to do was his ground keeping around the house. He loved neat and trimmed landscaping.
O.D. leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife Dorothy of 33 years; sons, Edward King, Donald King (Angie) and Brian Martin (Tanya), one brother Arthur King (Mary), one sister-in-law, Evelena King, 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; several special nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of family and friends. Also, a very special and loyal friend, Earl Washington.