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Bessie Mae King was born July 24, 1930, in Oak Grove, Louisiana, to Noah John Smith and Bessie Smith. She died Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 93 years. Bessie was married March 20, 1947, in Oak Grove to William Annerson King. They had made their home in Owasso, Oklahoma, in 1965. Bessie spent much of her working life as a machinist with Continental Industries in Tulsa. She was a longtime faithful member of Rejoice Free Will Baptist Church in Owasso. She enjoyed a variety of pastimes including reading, but especially quilting. She enjoyed being around her Sunday School Ladies. Bessie was known for always doing good things for people. She dearly loved her family and was especially fond of her role as “Mimi” to her grandchildren.

Those she leaves behind who hold many cherished memories include:

Children; Betty Reitz, of Muskogee, Oklahoma
Frank L. King and wife Veda, of Turpin, Oklahoma
Cathy Campbell, of Owasso, Oklahoma
Ruth Newton and Dave Newton, of Skiatook, Oklahoma
Helen Guse and husband Mike, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
William King and wife Kelly, of Ennis, Texas
Grandchildren; Tammy Pitts and husband Brian, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
France Reitz, Jr., and wife Christianne, of Muskogee, Oklahoma
Dustin Post, of Turpin, Oklahoma
Montana Johnson and husband Jason, of Hugoton, Kansas
Wyatt King and Crystal, of San Antonio, Texas
Danette Todd, of Catoosa, Oklahoma
David Elkins and wife Laura, of Irvine, California
Leslie Seaton and Kevin Leverette, of Oologah, Oklahoma
Christian Campbell, of Owasso, Oklahoma
Michael Taylor and wife Heather, of Owasso, Oklahoma
James Newton and wife Heather, of Grand Forks, North Dakota
Jessica Grissom and husband Marshall, of Talala, Oklahoma
William Sams and wife Kristin, of Andover, Kansas
LaShonda Deatherage, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Tony Guse, of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Lindsay Horn and husband Aaron, of Hockley, Texas
Nick King and wife Jen, of Houston, Texas
52 Great Grandchildren and Nine Great Great Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William King, daughter, Brenda Elkins and granddaughter, Franka Post.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Rejoice Church in Owasso with Pastor Leonard Pirtle officiating. Committal service and interment will follow at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The family requests memorial contribution be made in Bessie’s memory to the Rejoice Foundation, 13413 East 106th Street North, Owasso, Oklahoma, 74055, or at https://rejoicechurch.com/rejoice-foundation. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.