Many mourn the loss of King

Amanda Lowrance

Many mourn the loss of King

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Last Monday at approximately 5:15 a.m. Larron King passed away at Regional Medical Center (The Med) of Memphis. He had been struggling for roughly a month trying to endure the aftermath of a tragic car accident that occurred on Sulphur Springs Road.

The surgeons had recently performed a tracheotomy on King and still had several procedures remaining, but his health played a key factor in the commencement of each surgery.

“Larron is not suffering any longer,” said longtime friend, Chris Whitten. “He is home with Lauren. Our great loss is heaven’s great gain.”

Mother’s Day marked 15 years after his one-year-old daughter, Lauren’s death to Acute Myelongenous Leukemia and King passed away shortly after. His pulse had flat-lined several times and he had a seizure late that afternoon, which eventually ended King’s struggle.

“I saw Anita and Wes the morning as they were coming out of The Med,” said Sherri Maxey, Director of House Operation at the Ronald McDonald House. “I met them at the door. It has been a huge loss for us.”

King worked alongside his wife Anita and son Wes for many of his final years as an advocate through the Lauren King Ministry, which was established after the passing of their daughter.

“They always come the second Saturday of every month,” said Maxey, “and they came this past Saturday, which was May 12th. Anita did hair and nails and Mother’s Day crafts with the kids. Wes came over from the hospital and helped run the grill just like his daddy used to do. It was a great day and the families had a fantastic time and we just had a lot of fun.”

The King Family was grateful for all the help and support given by the Ronald McDonald House while their daughter fought cancer. In return, they primarily supported RMH and have dedicated the rest of their lives to helping other families.

“We lost a huge supporter,” said Maxey. “This is someone who took the tragedy of his own daughter’s illness and her death and turned it into something good. Because of their tragedy they can relate to the families. They have been through it so they know how to talk to the families. They began the legacy in memory of Lauren and now they will continue it in the memory of Lauren and Larron. If they don’t continue it the Ronald McDonald House will in some way.”

There has been a huge outpouring within the community, at the Ronald McDonald House, throughout the towns, and even on Facebook pages. Maxey created a page named, Prayers for Larron King, which has reached 260 members. The page has been an outlet to show love and support to the King Family.

“Larron and Lauren have been reunited in Heaven,” said Maxey. “Selfishly we want him here but he is with his daughter and all the other kids that he touched at the Ronald McDonald House who have passed away. We have no doubt there is quite the celebration going on in Heaven.”

On an regular trip home from work, King lost control of the vehicle and was severely injured, which ultimately took the life of a hometown hero. Life is short and sometimes shorter than we realize. Larron not only led a great life, but he had a positive impact on other lives. He will be missed, but never forgotten.