Our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Friend, Uncle, Cousin, Patriarch and most profoundly, Servant of God, Sidney P. King, rested on May 6th, 2020. He was a lover of God, anyone who ever met him knew that and was always introduced to the God he served; whether it was through stories told of all the many blessings his Heavenly Father bestowed upon Him, or one of his many kind gestures in service to you. He never sugarcoated anything and a person always knew where they stood with Sid King. He would see people as family, no matter what walk of life you were on, if there was a need that he could meet, he was there and with his whole heart he gave. A true example of Matt 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you fed me: thirsty and ye gave me drink: a stranger, and ye took me in: I was sick, and ye visited me: in prison, and ye came unto me. To the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me.”
Sid King loved his family with all his heart, never given the chance to experience having a father and never being shown how to be a father, regardless, he would become one of the greatest examples of what a father should look like. Sidney P. King was born to Juanita Pruiett August 1958, as her second child and first born son. Sidney grew up in Brooklyn, NY with humble beginnings, he would always tell stories about his grandmother’s wonderful cooking and rearing... and O’ how he loved his grandmother! Stories of the trouble he, his sister Doris, cousins and friends would get into, no one could tell those stories better than him. Stories of incidents with relatives, various holidays with his grandfather, he would recall everything down to the very detail, he was a walking history book. History being one of his many hobbies, he enjoyed all things history and nature and the stories they told, Sid was a jack of all trades, in which he would receive many trophies due to his accomplishments. He also enjoyed basketball and would play it throughout high school until Senior year where he would end his basketball career due to a knee injury. During his High School years, he would meet the love of his life of 47 years and high school sweetheart, Anthea aka “Mel or Melody” as he would call her. Sid graduated high school at the age of 17 and joined the US Army, to become a Medic, as he put it “it was either prison or the military”. He soon after, married his sweetheart Melody and before long, they began expanding their family. In November of 1979, they would be blessed with their first born son Sidney Jr and would continue those blessings of expansion with Tasha, Simeon, Sedrick, Tamisha and Stephen.
Sid knew he wanted to be the best husband and father he could be and recognized that it could only be done through the hand of God, that he could accomplish that. The summer of 1980, Sid gave his life to the Lord and joined the Parkhill SDA Church, he would then be led to the mentorship of Bob White where God would light a fire within him that could not be quenched and thus would start his ministry as a truly devoted servant of God. As only he could tell, the blessings that God bestowed upon him are still living on today. He would soon after assist in the building of the Community SDA Church (Presently New Community SDA), where he served as a deacon and Elder/First Elder.
Sid was one of those peculiar people, whom God truly favored. As he gave his life to God, God would walk with him for the rest of his life. Every corner Sid would turn God would have a blessing awaiting him and somehow where most people would dwell on the struggle, Sid would testify of how great God is. Sid wasn’t a rich man with great wealth, he was a hardworking man with clear evidence of God’s unfailing love toward him. He and his family was blessed with the property of seven acres of land and a home that he would be given the wisdom and ability to build from the ground up. He never forgot each struggle that God would allow him to go through to get to each blessing, nor would he be ashamed to testify and give God all the glory and honour. Whether it was “white gold” (snow), or only being able to eat nothing but beans and rice because of hard times. Sid would always see the blessing even in the worst of situations. Sid had a heart of gold, if he was blessed you were blessed too, always willing to share and do the jobs that everyone else ran from.
The good book says, that “you will know them by their fruits” his wife, six children, fourteen grandchildren, Malachi-deceased, Melody, Arianna, Lily, Ava, Gianna, Elijah, Alannah, Nevaeh, Khloe, SJ, Milania, Isaiah, Harper), siblings (Doris, Willie, Denise, Vandell, Venus), family, and his friends stand as a testament to who he was. All of us, being impacted by this one special man, by his stories, commanding presence, simplicity, practicality, kindness, longsuffering, joy, peace, realness, straightforwardness and most significantly, his love. What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man! Sid King was and is a one of a kind. As we await our Saviour’s soon coming, as Sid would plead with everyone of you to do upon hearing the words of his life, won’t you let Christ into your heart today?
Funeral Service to be held 10:30AM on Friday, June 5th for close family and friends; a reception will immediately follow. For details and to RSVP, please contact Sidney King at 720-495-8179. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the King family request visitors bring their own chairs for social distancing and bring a mask.
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