Billie Coley King

Billie Coley King passed away April 12, 2017 in Amarillo, Texas. She was 89 years old. 

She was born on December 12, 1927, the daughter of Irvin Greenie (I.G.) and Minnie Denning Coley of Jacksboro, Texas. She was the delight of her older brother Irvin Stewart (Pete) Coley. 

They belonged to First Methodist Church Jacksboro and Billie sang in the choir as a young girl. Billie made lifelong friendships growing up in Jacksboro. In fact, she seldom ever met a stranger.

At Jacksboro High School Billie met Don Carter King of Jermyn. They married March 15, 1947 and first lived in Lubbock, Texas then moved to the family ranch in Jermyn. Two children, Sherry and Carter, were born while they lived on the ranch before moving to Fort Worth in 1965. 

Billie was a member first of the Meadowbrook Methodist Church and later at First Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth. She served as president of the Texas Porcelain Art Club and became a certified teacher for the International Porcelain Artists. She traveled the state and taught many china painting classes and seminars. Other interests included sewing incredibly beautiful clothing, painting Old West scenes in oils, gardening, and traveling the world with Don. She also had fallen in love with family history, and her love of genealogy led to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 2009 Billie moved to Canyon to be near family where she joined the First Methodist Church and was active there. 

Her parents, brother, and husband preceded her in death. 

Billie Coley King is survived by daughter Sherry Cherryhomes of Jacksboro, and Dr. Don Carter King, Jr. and wife Rochelle of Canyon; five grandchildren and their spouses: Clinton Carter King and wife Julie of Lafayette, Colorado, Mandy Elizabeth King Madden and husband Preston of Lubbock, Brett Trevor Loeffler and wife Kathy of Mason, Lacy King Loeffler Kozak and husband Terry of Alvin, and Brandon Todd Loeffler of Dallas; and seven great-grandchildren. Known as “Gram”, she was adored and is loved by all those family members around her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Jacksboro or the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation.

The family would like to extend their thanks to Childers Place and BSA Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo, Texas for the loving care and support that staff members have provided for Billie.

Services were held on Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with burial following in Graceland Cemetery under the direction of Coker Funeral Home. Please visit for an online guestbook.

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