Funeral services for Oneida pastor and business owner Wayne King will be Friday afternoon. King, 64, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 26, following a months-long battle with cancer.
King, a native of the Pine Hill community and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, was a three-time president of the Scott County Chamber of Commerce, serving in that capacity in 2003, 2012 and 2013.
King was also a longtime employee of Scott County Hospital, which became Big South Fork Medical Center, and was the owner of Baby J’s Pizza in Oneida. He also owned High 5 Solutions and Intervention Academy, working with at-risk youth through the Scott County court system.
He was pastor at New Salem United Baptist Church in the Smith Creek community for 23 years.
State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, offered his condolences to the family.
“Wayne King befriended me 15 years ago,” he said. “As the years have passed we haven’t seen one another as often as we would like. Despite the passage of time, however, we have remained stedfast friends. Wayne was a visionary community leader, businessman and man of God. I am heartsick to learn of his passing and offer my condolences to his family and friends.”
King is survived by his wife of 43 years, retired educator Kim Cross King, and three children: Tara Brewster, Corey King and wife Alicia, and Caleb King and wife Kaitlyn. He is also survived by six grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home in Oneida, with visitation beginning at 12 p.m. Interment will follow at Scott Memorial Gardens in Oneida with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post #136 of Oneida.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Salvation Army, 2584 Buffalo Road, Oneida, TN 37841; or Shop With A Cop, c/o United Cumberland Bank, 106 Municipal Drive, Oneida, TN 37841.