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Devida McGaha King

Obituary for Devida McGaha King

January 23, 1927 - May 29, 2017
Dallas, Georgia | Age 90


Devida McGaha King went home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 29, 2017. She lived to the excellent age of 90. The daughter of a physician in Tennessee, Devida continued her father's legacy of service throughout her life as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, an X-ray technician, a nurse, church pianist and church organist. At various times in her life she could be found traveling the country, working in her garden, bowling in leagues, practicing the piano or the organ at her church or at her home, watching every UK basketball game on TV, worshiping at church, and spending time with family. 
Devida was born in Newport, Tennessee on January 23, 1927. She graduated from Maryville College with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 1948. She went to work in Knoxville, TN as an X-ray technician. Soon after she met and fell in love with her husband, Philip Benton King, whom she married in Sevierville, TN in 1951. They moved to western Kentucky, where they built a home in Lone Oak. Devida and Philip worked together at the Union Carbide Nuclear Plant in Paducah, and Devida worked until just before her first son was born. She returned to work when her boys were older as an X-ray technician for an orthopaedic surgeon. In this position, she made a very strong impression on both her boys by telling stories of young people who had been crippled by motorcycle accidents. Having mastered the craft of X-ray, she returned to college to earn her Nursing degree at Paducah Community College. Soon after graduation, Devida took a position as a nurse at Lourdes Hospital, where she worked until retirement in 1991. 
Throughout this time, Devida served as a volunteer pianist and organist at her churches, Forest Hills Presbyterian and Highland Cumberland Presbyterian. She loved serving through her gift of music, and had the ability to remember even the third and fourth verses of many hymns. Devida was recognized as a Perpetual Member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for her efforts in 1997. She later was a member of Lone Oak United Methodist Church. 
Devida recently moved to Georgia and found a renewed energy and excitement for life. She played in a Wii bowling league twice a week, played bingo, participated in Bible studies, found a church family at Mount Nebo United Methodist Church that she greatly enjoyed, and loved going out with family or hosting them at her new apartment.  
Devida is survived by a sister, Meriam Anderson of Knoxville, TN, son Jim King and wife Debbie of Marietta, GA, son Ed King and wife Rachael of Paducah, KY, grandson Adam King and wife Megan of Dallas, GA, grandson Eric King and wife Katie of Acworth, GA, granddaughter Rachel Shibley and husband Michael of Acworth, GA, grandson Stephen King and wife Julie of Madison, MS, and granddaughter Susan King of Paducah, KY. She is also survived by fourteen great-grandchildren - Addison, James, Isabelle, David, Philip, Joseph, Daniel, Luke, Mandy, Emma Jean, Isaac, Charlie, William, and Esther. 
She leaves a legacy of love. Love for the Lord and for her family and she will be greatly missed. 

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