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Larron and Anita King have reached a large audience through their misfortunes and hardships. They have built a legacy through the Lauren King Ministry, turning the death of their one-year-old daughter into a positive, using their knowledge and experience.

After Lauren’s passing battling Acute Myelongenous Leukemia, Larron, Anita, and their son Wes spent the second Saturday of every month at the Ronald McDonald House helping many other families fight through what they had already been through themselves.

In April, Larron was involved in a car accident that ultimately took his life. Enduring nearly a month in Memphis’ Regional Medical Center (The Med), Larron strengthened the faith of everyone that knew his story. 

Thousands of people in McNairy County united, joined hands, and came together to pray for this one man, who lay paralyzed in a hospital bed. Needless to say, our county was not the only community affected by this tragic event. An outpouring came from social media and supporters using blue t-shirts, ribbons, and business signs to show their connection and concern.

People quickly realized how short life really is and how it can be taken so easily and without warning. A young man stepped up and became a Christian during Larron’s funeral services. Many testimonies have been given from the families the Kings have helped.

“The love and prayers are what’s keeping me going,” said Anita. “I am so grateful for everything that everyone has done for me and Wes. This is an awesome community with a lot of very generous and caring people. They have gone above and beyond all I could think, trying to help us in every way and it will never be forgotten. Please continue to pray for us.”

Losing a loved one is one of life’s many great challenges, but moving forward after two major losses has been tough for Anita and Wes. Many of Larron’s friends have begun to move on, but Anita and Wes continue to struggle with their grief.

She has endured the shock and terror of losing her one-year-old daughter, Lauren to cancer and now Larron, her soul mate, husband, and best friend of nearly 30 years to a car accident.

Tears rolled up in her eyes as she said, “This is the hardest thing I have ever done. My life will never be the same. We did everything together.”

Larron’s death has left Anita with loneliness and confusion. In August the two planned to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. 

The couple built their loving, Christian home and later established a successful ministry in memory of their baby daughter. Larron was the voice of the ministry. The ministry will go on, but Anita believes that in time Wes will be the spokesperson.

“Wes is so much like his father,” she said. “Larron loved to talk, so he did all the talking and praying. Wes is very outgoing and has a big heart. He and his dad were really close.”

While she admits to not being the best public speaker and would rather work behind the scenes, her faith has always been strong and she will stay committed to the effort.

Their stay in the hospital with Larron never got Anita down. Doctors and nurses were saying that he may never walk again, but she had faith that he would walk into the hospital and laugh about it one day. 

“I know a God that can take care of this,” she said. “What I can’t believe is that He would take us here. After losing Lauren, I could not believe I would go through this.”

Anita has been blessed to have strong support system to help bring her peace of mind during her trying time. While her family’s trials have strengthened the faith and the relationships of those who surround her, the legacy will live on forever.

“We had a blessed life together, a wonderful marriage, two awesome children, and a good Christian home. I thank the Lord for that, because I know I will see Larron and Lauren again and I know it won’t be long.”

A wooden cross, wrapped at the intersection by a blue ribbon, stands just off Sulphur Springs Road where Larron wrecked. 

Roughly half a mile apart, the crash site is very close to their home in Selmer.

There are so many triggers that remind her of Larron and there is no complete recovery from the loss of a loved one.

“We miss Larron so much,” said Anita. “He was a genuine person with a great love for the Lord, his family, and friends. He was the best man that I have ever known – a very devoted husband and father that enjoyed life to the fullest. I am so thankful for the memories and good times we had.” 

Mother’s Day will be the most trying of days for Anita in the years to come, because Lauren and Larron both departed close to Mother’s Day. Anita said she and Wes will find acceptance, but only through the memories they have made as a family and through their continued work at the Ronald McDonald House.

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