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Memorial Tribute to Barbara Anne McNamara King (1961-2018)

Barbara King and Family

Barbara Anne McNamara King (left) and her family

Barbara Anne (McNamara) King – Dandridge (Piedmont community), precious wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, danced in the glory of the Son on September 15, 2018.

Formerly of Kodak, Strawberry Plains, and East Knoxville, Barbara attended Sunnyview, New Market, and Rush Strong Elementary Schools. She was a 1980 graduate of Carter High.

While working at Cardin’s Drive-In the Summer she was 15, Barbara met her soulmate, Mike King. They have been inseparable since.

Despite multiple debilitating diagnoses, Barbara never gave up. She loved life and lived each day to the fullest. Family and friends were her greatest treasures.

Many words describe Barbara: strong, proud, beautiful, vibrant, brilliant, insightful, inquisitive, compassionate, empathetic, intuitive, jokester, joy-maker, trouper, advocate, adventurer, planner, protector, respecter of everyone. She loved learning and teaching. Barbara expressed her creativity as an award-winning poet and songwriter, artist, photographer, horticulturist, hostess, decorator, and chef. She had a gorgeous soprano voice and loved music. Barbara also loved the beach, animals, and flowers – especially irises. Spanning two decades’ residence,

Spanning two decades' residence, Barbara enthusiastically engaged with the Kodak community. She worked tirelessly for expansion of Northview Elementary, volunteered with the PTA, and pushed for better resources for Sevier County students with unique requirements. Barbara was a Girl Scout Troop Leader and coached intramural basketball for boys and girls in grades 3-6 at Northview for several years.

Barbara was a member of Burlington Assembly Order of the Rainbow for Girls, St. James’ Episcopal, and New Hope and Eastmore Churches of God. Much of her poetry expressed Barbara’s faith, such as:

Who is the one that sits high upon the throne?
And who is the one that is waiting to bring us home?
And who is the one that reigns throughout eternity?
Well, I say Lord, it is Thee.
Like your servant Job, we’ve all had hard times.
I know dear Lord, for I’ve had a share of mine.
But I can wake each day with a smile on my face,
’cause I know I’m held in God’s good grace.

Barbara was a manager at 16 Plus, Knoxville, and Fireworks Supermarket, Kodak. She had a talent for photographing children and worked in regional schools for LifeTouch Photography. Barbara was a photographer at Dixie Stampede. She was a pastry chef for Morrison’s and excelled as a contract legal assistant for Knoxville attorneys. A successful entrepreneur at heart, Barbara was an integral part of the 4-generation family business, Mountainside Mercantile in Kodak.

The daughter of Fred (deceased) and Mary McCall McNamara, Barbara is also survived by her devoted husband, Mike; children, Rachel, Matthew (Kaitlin), and Jonathan; grandson, Riley. Sisters: Billie (John), of Strawberry Plains; Kitty, of Dandridge; and Susan (Randy) Williams, of Hawai’i. Mother-in-law: Frances, of Blaine. Aunt: Martha King, of Florida. Uncle: Boyce (JoElla) McCall, of Knoxville. Best friend: Phyllis (Tommy) Miller, of Kodak. King family sisters and brothers-in-law: Alma Woods, Sandy Bright (Joe), David, and Charlie (Faye). Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and her faithful and well-loved 15-year-old cat, Yoda.

Barbara was many things; most of all, she was unforgettable. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life Saturday, September 22nd, at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1101 North Broadway, Knoxville, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Appetizers will be served. Tributes and remembrances will be at 1 p.m.

Please honor Barbara by planting flowers, adopting an animal, or donating to animal rescue at

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