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My Tribute to Rachel Aleene Burns King, written by her husband Jacob Larry King. Taken from his autobiography "To God be the Glory".

To God Be The Glory.               

       My wife is a very special person in her own right. I'm so thankful that her mother had 12 children, for she was number 12. She, too, grew up under financial difficulties since her father lost his health and died when she was six years old. Her mother Effie Burns was left a widow with three daughters to raise, and all four had to work and helps support the family.
Aleene worked after school, and on Saturdays, and during the summer months doing odd jobs. She was an honor student and graduated from Hot Springs high school in the class of 1932.
Her mother raised her to work, read her Bible and be active in church activities. She started teaching a Sunday School class at the age of 15. There was no way that anyone could talk me into opposing her in a Bible drill. She has served as president of the women's missionary union, in which she is still active, and she is presently serving as assistant church librarian. When she was a teen, she was very active in the Rainbow Girls, and received the highest honor, the " Grand Cross of Colors." After joining the order of the Eastern Star, she was active until she dropped out when we started raising our family. She then took the lead in raising three find daughters. After our three daughters got married and our three invalid dependents (both of our mothers and my sister) passed away, Aleene then became very interested in genealogy and has done considerable research in both our families.
We became members of the Maury Fontaine Society and attended two other annual meetings. They have over 400 cousins in their membership.
Her ancestors had been traced back to the Huguenot rebellion in France during the 16th century. One of her ancestors, Jacques Fontaine, escaped out of France during the Huguenot rebellion, going first England, then to Ireland. Both he and his son Peter became Anglican ministers.
Reverend Peter Fontaine left Ireland and came to the United States in 1715. On our trips to Virginia we visit the church that he pastured for 30 years.
In addition to membership in the genealogy society, Aleene is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Social Order of Beauceant, an auxiliary of the Knights Templar. With her activities in all these organizations, coupled with her many church functions and her love for birds and flowers, she still finds time and energy to spoil all of our grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her "doting" husband.
While we differ in opinions at times and do not agree on some things, we have never gotten mad and called each other an ugly name. There's one work that describes something that is never heard around our house: profanity.
To a gourmet cook, an immaculate housekeeper, a devoted mother, a neat dresser, an avid reader, a devout Christian, an affectionate lover, what more can I say but "What A Gal.!"

Jacob and Aleene (Burns) King


Ministry at The First Baptist Church



Tribute by Ina Combs

    Jacob L. King is serving as Chairman of our Sesquicentennial Committee which is a tremendous task. He and his wife, Aleene, have been active in First Baptist Church for over 50 years, serving in multiple capacities during this time. They were married by the pastor, Rev. Clyde V. Hickerson on June 13, 1934. On the first Sunday following return from their honeymoon, Jacob joined the Sunday School. In December, 1934 he was elected President of the Young Men's Bible Class and was baptized in January, 1935. He was appointed Assistant Treasurer of the Church in June, 1935 and was first elected Treasurer in January, 1936. He has served faithfully for 50 years as Treasurer or Assistant and is Assistant Treasurer at the present time. In June, 1986 he will complete 50 years as a deacon, having served 10 years as Chairman and has been a leader or teacher in Sunday School for over 50 years. "Jake" as he is affec­tionately known by his friends, has been active in the Men's Brotherhood, having served one year as President and is presently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

    During construction of our present sanctuary, he served as Chairman of the Building Committee and also Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was a member of the Building Committee during construction of the second phase of the educational building. From 1965 to 1969, he served as Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee.

He served 30 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Medical Center, in Little Rock, being named President of the Board for two years. A waiting room at the Baptist Medical Center is named in his honor.

    Aleene was baptized in January, 1924 at the age of 9. She was the last candidate baptized in the baptistery in the old church before installation of a water heater.

    She started teaching in Sunday School at the age of 16 and has been either a teacher or officer for 55 years, teaching in every department from the Cradle Roll through the Adults in either Sunday School or Vacation Bible School. She has been active in W. M. U. for 45 years, serving two years as President. In 1966 and again in 1971, she serv­ed as Director of Vacation Bible School. She served as G.A. Director for 10 years and is a veteran member of our Flower Committee, having helped train several of our younger women. She served as Editor of the Centennial Year Book published in 1936 and is Chairman of the Sesquicentennial History Committee.

    Jacob and Aleene celebrated their Golden Wedding An­niversary on June 10, 1984 in our Fellowship Hall hosted by their three daughters.

    We salute Jacob and Aleene for their dedicated service-filled lives honoring our Lord.


Source; The Sesquicentennial History of The First Baptist Church of First Baptist Church. Page 77, March, 1986 2001.

Link to Effie Ruth (Wallace) Burns Mother of Rachel Aleene Burns


The Sentinel-Record, Friday, December 21, 2007


(Rachel Aleene Burns King) Obituary


    Rachel Aleene Burns King, age 93, was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 19, 2007. She was born on Oct. 29, 1914, in Amity, Ark., to Robert Hi­ram Burns and Effie Ruth Wallace. She was a member for 83 years at First Baptist Church in Hot Springs, Ark. She was a member of the Good Earth Garden Club; on the Board of Directors, YWCA; she was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; member of the DAR; member of the National Huguenot Society; she was also a member of the Hot Springs Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow; she was a member of the Baptist Health Auxiliary.

    Aleene was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jacob L. King; her par­ents; six brothers and five sisters; and a son-in-law Nor­man Hammes.

    She is survived by her three daughters; Shirley Hammes, Lynda Fontaine and husband, Charles, Car­ol Hartman and husband, Frank; 10 grandchildren; Larry Hammes and wife, Sandy, Anne Lynn Kelley and husband, Reg, Julie Aleene Hammes, Patrick Hammes and wife, Dawna, Randy Fon­taine and wife, Nadine, Jay Fontaine and wife, Amanda, Cynthia Hutchinson and husband, Randy, Patty Mul­lins and husband, Phillip, Jennifer Jones and husband, Jon Paul and Michelle Bet­tis and husband, Stacy; 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and many friends.

    The happiest time in her life was when she was sur­rounded by her loving family and friends. She was a faith­ful servant of Jesus Christ. Always ministering to others and sharing her faith in the Lord with them. She touched many lives and hearts with her radiant spirit and lov­ing heart. In our hearts her memory will always be cher­ished and kept, forever with no end.

    Special Thanks to her First Baptist Church staff and church family; to all medical doctors and staff in Hot Springs, Sherwood, North Little Rock and Little Rock, Ark.; to special care­givers - Debra Henry and Rita Jones; to Baptist Hos­pice; to Arkansas Baptist Foundation; to West Shores Retirement Center staff and family; and to Parkhill Bap­tist Church staff and The Care Giver Support Group in North Little Rock, Ark.

    Visitation will be at Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark., from 6-8 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 21. Special time of sharing her life will be from 6:30-7:30p.m.

    There will be a Memorial Service at the First Baptist Church in Hot Springs, Ark., at 2 p. m. on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church 2350 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901; Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadel­phia, AR 71998-0001; Christ for the City International, P.O. Box 390395, Omaha, NE 68139-0395.

The Sentinel- Record, Sunday, June 24, 2001 Jacob L. King

       Jacob Larry King, a lifetime resident of Hot Springs and a retired Public Accountant, died June 23, 2001, in Hot Springs at the age of 91. He was born in Hot Springs on March 11, 1910, was a graduate of Hot Springs High School in 1926, and was engaged in the practice of Public Accountants for over 50.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church since January 1935. He served as church treasurer for 50 years and was a Deacon Emeritus. He served 30 years on the Board of Trustees of Baptist Health in Little Rock, two years as its President.
       In community service, he was a life member and past President of the Hot. Springs National Park Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, International. He was a Charter Member and Past President of the Hot Springs YMCA and served as Chairman of the Garland County Election Commission. He was also head of United Fund Drive and Chairman of Democratic Central Committee.
He was active in the Masonic Fraternity for over 60 years, was the Senior Past Master of Hot Springs Lodge 62, where he served as secretary for 40 years, and a Past Presiding Officer of the York Rite Bodies in Hot Springs. He was the Senior Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Arkansas, and a Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar in Arkansas and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
       He is survived by his wife, Aleene Burns King; three daughters, Shirley Hammes of Seneca, S.C., Lynda Fontaine of Baton Rogue, La., and Carol Hartman of Sherwood; ten grandchildren, Larry Hammes of Augusta, Maine, Patrick Hammes of Brownsville, Texas, Ann Lynn Kelley of Lebanon, Ohio, Julie Aleene Hammes of Seneca, S.C., Randy Fontaine of Council Bluff, Iowa, Jay Fontaine of Baton Rouge, La., Cynthia Hutchinson of Springdale, Jennifer Jones of Sherwood, Patty Mullins of Enid, Okla., and Michelle Bettis of Lonoke; and 18 great-grandchildren.
       Pallbearers will be Larry Hammes, Pat Hammes, Randy Fontaine, Jay Fontaine, Bob King, Bob Reynolds, Bill Reynolds, Reg Kelley, Randy Hutchinson, Phillip Mullins, Jon Paul Jones and Stacy Bettis.
       Honorary pallbearers are Clarence W. Jordan, Robert Mitchell, Mimer Seargeant, Bev Allen, Harry Johnston, George Aunspaugh, Frank Witt, Joe Haley, Juan Wheatley, Doris Jordan, Gov. Sidney S. McMath, Russ Harrington, John Wayne Smith, ma Combs, Joe Rosenzweig, Walter Kleiman, Harry Keaton, Judge John Robbins, Joe Woosley, Pete Davenport, Timothy Webb, Bill Kilby, Fred Sims, Robert Gregory and E. S. Cook.
Visitation will be Monday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gross Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Hot Springs by Dr. John S. McCallum. The body will be cremated. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church.
       "It is my earnest desire to pass on to my posterity my strong belief in Divine Providence and the importance of the power of God in the affairs of men. I have tried to frame my life around the importance of dependability, honesty, integrity and loyalty, and I heartily recommend to my posterity these guide-lines for living a full and rewarding life." -Jacob L. King


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