Lylabeth King

lylabeth king

January 1, 1945 ~ February 19, 2022

Born in: Iago, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Lylabeth Joyce King went home to be with Jesus on February 19, 2022.

Born on Jan 1, 1945 in Iago, TX, to Clarence and Alma Joyce, Lylabeth was the youngest child – and only girl – of 6 children.

She first met Art King, who would later be her husband, when they were both babies in the nursery of the Iago Federated Church. They were married in that same church on August 28, 1965 and remained married – and deeply in love – until his death in 2012.

Throughout her life, she was involved in community service, charity work, and ministry. It was this kind of selfless service and kindness that led to her receiving the prestigious Jefferson Award – for outstanding public service, for “ordinary people who do extraordinary things in their local communities without expectation of recognition” – in 2013.

Perhaps her favorite and most appreciated skill was her cooking. She could cook almost anything, without a recipe, and nearly always had people asking for her food and trying to pay her for it. One of the highlights of her final years was playing piano for the weekly Sunday services of Iago Federated Church, where she had met and married her husband, and where she had spent so many formative years of her life learning about and worshiping Jesus.

Lylabeth is survived by her two sons, Ken and Ross, her daughter-in-law Staci, 7 grandchildren, her brothers James “Bub” Joyce and Lloyd Joyce, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other loving family.

Friends are invited to Celebrate Lylabeth’s life at 10am Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Grace Bible Church Creekside location. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wharton, Texas.


Funeral Service: February 22, 2022 10:00 am

Grace Bible Church Creekside Location
4601 Williams Creek Dr
College Station, Texas 77845

(979) 705-1300

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  1. I did not know Lylabeth well, I knew her through her brother, David, whom I dated in high school. We reconnected through FB and she was an inspiration always talking about her baking and chasing the sunsets. Reading her writings, anyone could tell what a godly lady she was. No doubt she is rejoicing in the arms of Jesus.

  2. Goodbye dear friend. I loved you, laughed with you and prayed for you. I will miss your sunset pictures and inspirational stories. I am so happy that you have been reunited with Art, the love of your life, and you both are in the heavenly chorus, singing praises to Jesus.

  3. Lylabeth and I met at Sam Houston as Home Economics majors. We became friends instantly…after all who could not love Lylabeth? My heart hurts for your loss. You were blessed to call her Mother. I feel her home going was glorious and she is now with her Lord and Creator. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  4. Lyla Beth, LB to me, and I go back a long way. She married my 1st cousin, Art King, and I was at their wedding, but I knew her before that having attended Iago Federated Church whenever we went to visit my grandmother. When I started A&M, Art was in Korea and I would go over to visit LB and help her with Ken, who was just a baby. I always got fed a great meal! She always welcomed me with open arms and when Art came home from the service, I still spent a lot of time over at their house. I have so many great memories I could share, but will leave it to say this—“LB, I loved you for your kindness and acceptance of me”. Condolences and love to all of her family.

  5. Lylabeth you will be missed by so many people. You have been a true inspiration to Chuck and I through the years. Thank you for helping me through the last year. Thank you for Wednesdays phone call. I know that you are happy to be back with Art.
    Rest in Peace sweet lady ❤️!

  6. Mrs King you and your husband was a God sent the day you met my brother Chuck Smith. He loved you and Mr. King so much. I know he will be second after Mr. King to great you in heaven. Thank you for the love you showed my brother. What a glorious reunion the three of you will have. ❤️

  7. I enjoyed every minute I spent with Lylabeth. She was a gracious Christian lady and I loved her. I am so glad I was able to spend time with her during her health battles. She enjoyed the homemade bread I made her so much. And she said she enjoyed my spaghetti, but I think maybe she was just being her usual kind self. We had a great time spending long hours sitting over a hamburger and visiting and laughing. She was a great lady. Courageous, devoted, loving, kind, caring. She will be missed by many. I pray for God’s peace and comfort for her family. Rest peacefully with Art by your side in your heavenly home, my dear friend.

  8. Dear Ken and Ross,
    Since serving with your mom and dad in the choir and Jr hi Sunday school in 1977, nobody has been an encourager to me like them. Oh the nights of TV auctions, politics, and other fun! And always joy in the Lord. May Jesus comfort and bless your hearts.

  9. Ken and Ross your mom will be missed tremendously. We are praying for your family. Your mom and dad were our first friends as a married couple. We played many games of “42”, camped and many more things. We reconnected on Facebook several years ago. It was so fun to read her stories and see her pictures of sunsets. We have several pictures that she painted for us that we still hang in our home. We will treasure them for ever. You will be in our thoughts and prayers today.

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