Carl King Funeral
Sermon • Submitted
0 ratings· 17 views
Carl L. King, Sr., 82, of Waynesville, OH passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at the home of his daughter, Rebecca King Allen.
Carl was born in San Pedro, CA, but spent most of his life in Arkansas. Carl retired from Alcoa, originally Reynolds Metals, in Jones Mill, AR after 20 years.
He served in the United States Army from 1961-1967.
Carl is survived by his wife of 49 years, Loretta Robinson King; 3 sons: Carl L. King, Jr. (Cristy) of Conway, AR, James King (Marsha) of Fayetteville, AR, Brian King (Sheryl) of Bella Vista, AR, and a daughter Rebecca King Allen (Matthew) of Waynesville, OH.
He is also survived by his brother Kenny King (Roma) of Westminster, CA; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a beloved cousin, Eugene King, of Wilmington, CA.
Welcome & Thanks
Welcome & Thanks
On behalf of all of our family, we want to thank you from coming today.
Today we come to comfort those in grief, express our love to the family and friends who Carl impacted throughout his life.
Carl was such a gentle, patient, and quiet man … but yet never someone who would hold back his love, care, and service to those he loved.
As his son-in-law, it’s my honor to speak today.
As far as personalities go, he and i are at the opposite ends of the spectrum.
He .. quiet and reserved, keeping his thoughts to himself … me pretty much the opposite.
It’s made for some interesting family dynamics through the years … but overall I’ve always had a lot of love and respect for him.
One of the most memorable days I had with Carl was the day of his baptism.
We gathered at the church in Hot Springs and entered the little building.
The baptistry was full … but ice cold. The coldest water I think I’ve ever baptized someone in.
Loretta was first. In and out.
Then Carl. And you know how he was always cold. It was a hot September afternoon and he was still cold that day. And then the water.
I remember him climbing the steps and putting his foot in. He looked at me and remarked how cold it was.
Step-by-step - ten minutes or more - he climbed down into the baptistry.
He didn’t quit. He didn’t turn back. He was glad to go down into the water that day. I was absolutely honored to baptize him.
I remember spending time with him … driving down every road in the Black Hills. Fishing in Rapid Creek.Searching for ghost towns. Looking for gold.
In 2002, Carl & I got to go antelope hunting in NW SD. He got a tag I didn’t. I remember pulling a camper up there and setting it up on top of a butte. It was so cold that night … and so quiet.
We were up early .. well before sunrise .. and off to hunt. As the sun was coming up, we spotted a number of antelope several hundred yards away on top of a hill.
One shot. One antelope harvested. Carl was always such a great shot. And I could tell that day just how much fun he was having.
And what a pleasure it has been to have him in our home in Ohio for the last 2 years. I’m thankful, so thankful for that time.
I got to spend some time with Loretta earlier who mentioned Carl’s devotion to his family.
He was a very hard worker and a dedicated employee.
There were many times where he would go into work not feeling well .. but he knew how important it was to support the family.
He worked very hard so that Loretta could stay home to take care of the family.
And on his days off, many of them were filled with drives out in the country … just to see where the road wound up. He and Loretta would pack a lunch and find a good place to eat.
Simple times. Good times. Special, special times that we can hold on to.
Glen Robinson remarks
Mark Bailey prayer
John 11.35 - Jesus wept.
While we may know this verse as the shortest in the Bible, I believe it is very important that we not overlook the power of it.
Here is where we have a glimpse of the humanity of our Savior.
When Jesus saw Mary and the others weeping, He was deeply moved, even to the point of weeping himself.
Weeping out of love for Lazarus...
but also because of the grief that the family and friends were experiencing.
He openly cried. There was no holding in of emotions.
This is the man of sorrows acquainted with grief, Isaiah 53.3b.
These aren’t sentimental tears. They’re not professional tears.
They are literally the shocking outburst of our sympathetic high priest.
This passage teaches us that when we are brokenhearted, Jesus is with us.
He comes to us and surrounds us with His love during our sufferings.
18 The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit. 19 One who is righteous has many adversities, but the Lord rescues him from them all.
When people are brokenhearted and wounded, God’s word tells us God will bind up our wounds:
3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
5 Our Lord is great, vast in power; his understanding is infinite.
As we move back to John’s gospel, we see more comforting words from our Savior:
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. 26 Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Do you believe Jesus is the resurrection and the life?
Days like today are what our faith is all about.
Days like today are where our faith gets very real … because it brings home the very obvious reality that is only by faith that we walk and in grace that we stand.
We have faith in a power that transcends this world.
Faith in a loving God who keeps every single promise.
Faith in the loving work of a Savior who lovingly and willingly sacrificed Himself in our place so that we can die in hope.
Faith in the word of God which tells us that by His own resurrection, Jesus has taken away the sting and victory of death.
It is this faith that propels us to lead lives just like Carl did … a life of surrendered dedication to Christ. This fact, that we all observed, propels us with the strongest of assurance.
It is Paul who declared:
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.
Death is Not the End
Death is Not the End
15 The death of his faithful ones is valuable in the Lord’s sight.
The death of God’s saint is the crowning glory of a life of faith and obedience.
For Carl, the eternal inheritance is no longer a hope — it is a reality.
D.L. Moody once said:
Someday you will read in the papers that I am dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment, I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall have gone up higher, that is all, into a house that is immortal, a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body, fashioned unto His glorious body.
Because of his relationship with Christ, our brother Carl is not dead. He was prepared for this day.
He is alive and well. He is not cold anymore.
He is in a place of comfort, rest, and peace.
We trust in the power of God. He has promised that those who live for HIm in this life will reign with Him in the next.
I know Carl knew that. He knew that for the Christian, the best is yet to come.
16 Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. 18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 1 For we know that if our earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands.
Did you hear the contrast Paul just spoke of?
Right now, we live in a tent.
Tents are temporary and not designed for us to live inside permanently.
They are flimsy, easy to tear down, and are meant to be replaced.
Our bodies wear out. They break down.
While it is possible to slow the aging process, we can’t delay things forever.
Here, Paul says one day we’ll trade in our tent for a building.
A building that is strong, built on a foundation, and not meant to be moved.
Someday, we’ll trade in this tent and replace it with a building made by God himself.
Death is not the end. Death is a trade-in.
One day, we’ll trade in our broken-down bodies for a new one. Paul says this new body:
Is from God
is not made with hands
That is what Paul means in verse one where he says, “we know.”
Paul is certain. Paul is confident.
For him … and for us … the promises are not a remote possibility or a vague wish.
The promise is a fixed reality for the child of God.
I know Carl believed in the truth presented by Paul who said:
20 Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself.
There Has to be More
There Has to be More
If Carl could speak to us today, he would definitely testify to that.
He would tell you, now more than ever, not to neglect that which is really important — that is, a relationship with the Savior.
When it comes down to it, that is all that matters.
There is no promise of eternal life for the person who does not have a faithful relationship with Christ.
Do you believe in the message Jesus brought? He said:
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Have you turned away from sin and confessed Him as your Lord? Have you been immersed into Christ and washed away your sin?
The need for Christ is real, because the reality of our death is real.
27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment—
So when death strikes close to us, we see how much we really do need Jesus.
We need him to save us from our sinfulness.
We need him to lead us safely through this life.
We need him to give us strength and comfort.
We absolutely need him when we must walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
It is only through Jesus that we will be victors over death:
55 Where, death, is your victory? Where, death, is your sting? 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
I believe Carl understood this promise and lived with this hope.
Even in Death There is Comfort
Even in Death There is Comfort
We have comfort in the fond memories of Carl and how he touched our lives.
Treasure every memory of him.
Let his good character, good values, and godly example influence your life.
There is comfort in knowing that our Lord will come to us in the deepest times of grief … just like He did with the family of Lazarus.
He not only comes to us, but meets our loved ones to provide comfort, console, and receive them into his presence eternally.
Today, our brother Carl is a recipient of that comfort and consolation from the Lord.
Jesus is always there for us, ready to bless, and willing to receive.
Burial and Committal
Burial and Committal
We have reached the end.
We can go no farther with Carl in this life.
Today, based on the fruit of Carl’s life, we stand confident in the promises of our God.
We trust he is alive and at peace.
We trust that he has a brand new body and has moved on to enjoy the fellowship of the saints.
And for this, we are thankful.
As we mourn for his death today, let us remember Psalm 121, where we have the promise that God will help those who seek HIm:
A song of ascents. 1 I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. 4 Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. 5 The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. 6 The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night. 7 The Lord will protect you from all harm; he will protect your life. 8 The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.
P R A Y E R