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Vernis C. King

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Vernis C. King

Vernis C. King, son of the late William and Minnie (Walker) King, was born on May 21, 1930, the youngest of seven children. He departed this life to be with the Lord on February 9, 2021.


Vernis received his education through the Virginia and Pennsylvania school system. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age and was baptized by immersion in the James River, Claremont Virginia.


Vernis was married to Frances (Taylor) in April 1954. From this union came Ernestine, Sandra, Reginald, Deborah and Karen. After the death of his brother Clayton, he took on role of father to nephews Dennis and Tracey.


Vernis joined the US Army in 1951, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant (E8), serving in Pennsylvania, Texas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Alaska, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Italy and Viet Nam.  He retired from Fort Dix in 1980 after 29 and began working for the US Post Office from which he retired in 2009 after 28 years.


After traveling with his family extensively, Vernis and his family settled in Burlington NJ in 1963. At that time Vernis joined Tabernacle Baptist Church under the Pastorate of Reverend Dr. R. W. Jones. He was a member of the Usher board, serving as secretary until his departure for a second tour of duty in Germany. Upon returning stateside study, he transferred his membership to Christ Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. F.C. Johnson.  There he served on the Usher Board as President and Vice President for over 35 years.


Vernis was a member of American Legion Post 336.  As a member of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Masons, he achieved their highest degree “The 33rd ". Vernis held the position of Deputy Inspector General, State of New Jersey, Worshipful Master, State Financial Secretary, Potentate and Recorder.


Vernis was predeceased by his wife of over Fifty Years, Frances and son Reginald Vernis.


He leaves to cherish fond memories, daughters Ernestine and Deborah (Keith) of Burlington, Sandra of Mt Laurel and Karen of Rochester NY.  Granddaughter Regina. Grandsons Kevin, Rahmann, Shahid (Dwayne), Rohan, Theodore, Kameron and Zion. Great grandsons Kamron, Kevin, Reginald, Issac, Ace and Amari. Great granddaughters Quantasia, Ariana, Frances, Emani, and Natalia. A host of devoted nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.  Friend of over sixty years Henry Hinson and family of Baltimore MD. Family friends, the Kearney Family of Richmond VA. The Hughes family of Burlington NJ.  Longtime friends Stewart Isles and family, Neil Nixon and family and Earl Beck and family.  And his very devoted son in law Keith Benton.


Celebration of his Life will be held 11AM ‪Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may walk through view from 9am until time of service. Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington, NJ. Service will be Live-Streamed at 11:00am at

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