PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Berniece M. (Lambert) King, 85, formerly of 1002 24th St., Parkersburg, entered into eternal life Monday, December 10, 2012.
She was born February 26, 1927, in Upshur County, TX, the daughter of the late John and Runnie (Fitzgerald) Lambert. She married Byron E. King in 1948, celebrating 51 years of marriage.
Berniece grew up in Gregg County, TX, and attended Pinetree School in Greggton, TX. She worked as a waitress at the Hollywood Cafe, the Etex Restaurant, and the Steak House, all located in Longview, TX. She attended Beauty School in Philadelphia, PA and attained her Cosmetology License from the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology on November 13, 1963. After obtaining her Cosmetology License, she worked at Martha's Beauty Shop in Philadelphia, PA. She then worked in sales and as a supervisor and manager for The Diamond in West Virginia from 1968 until her retirement in 1982. She was a member of the Miriam Rebekah Lodge number 1 of the Ladies Auxiliary Patriot Militant (LAPM) Lodge number 6 where she was president and treasurer. She was also a member of Stout Memorial Methodist Church where she was a member of the Rebecca Circle. Berniece loved dancing, bowling, and reading in her spare time.
Survivors include her two daughters, Brenda (William) Stacy of Ishpeming, MI, and Paula (Michael) Childers of Nashville, TN; stepchildren Eloise (Gary) Johnson of Omaha, NE, and Dwight (Peggy) King of Spokane, WA; four grandchildren, Michael (Deidra), Stephen (Amanda), Sarah (Jason), and Julie (Benjamin); ten stepgrandchildren, Roy, Janice, Jacky, Dale, Tammy, Lawrence, Terrance, Cynthia, Kathleen, Laura, and Sandra; five great-grandchildren, Colton, Autumn, Jackson, Ella, and William; and lifelong friends Marie Hill and Cleone Fansler.
She was preceded in death by her husband Byron; brother Jimmy; step daughter Joyce (David) Shipman, and stepgranddaughter Cindy Shipman; beloved grand daughter Emily Childers; and lifelong friend Marge Fuller.
Services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, Broad Street, Parkersburg, the Rev. Paul Russell officiating. Burial in Parkersburg Memorial Gardens. Visitation from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home 403 7th St. Parkersburg, WV 26101, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, 3329 Broad St., Parkersburg, W.Va.