Janice French

February 5, 1939 - November 15, 2020

Janice French King, age 81, of Florence, passed away November 15, 2020.  Her family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home on Thursday, November 19, from 11:30a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  A graveside service will be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery in St. Florian at 1:00 p.m., with Father Joseph Kuzhichalil officiating.

Pallbearers will be Paul King, Harold King, Henry King, Bill Davis, Matt McCool, Eddie McCool, Ben French, and Scott Howell.

Janice was preceded in death by her loving husband, Henry King; parents, Herbert and Mary French; and brother, Hubert Gene French; paternal grandparents, William Benjamin French  and Roeamy Melissie Price French; maternal grandparents, Verando”Jake” Duke and Mary Etta “Mollie” Rollins Duke.

Survivors include her siblings, H. Glenn French, Eleanor Spreitzer, and Cynthia (Cindy) Howell; cousin and life-long friend, Marilyn Barr Moore, and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Florence State College, Janice was awarded an assistantship at the University of Alabama, where she worked with freshmen student orientation, and in the home economics department while earning her M.A. degree in home economics.  She loved to tell people that she was at the University when Paul “Bear” Bryant and Joe Namath were there.

After completing her education, Janice taught home economics at Sheffield Junior High School for several years.  She left that job to become the bookkeeper at King Auction and Realty, a business owned and operated by her husband until his death.

Janice was a talented artist and enjoyed oil painting.  Her love of the Crimson Tide continued throughout her life, and she never passed up an opportunity to hear Edsel Holden perform.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Sharon Osborn for her support, and to all of Janice’s neighbors for their constant caring and concern for her.  A special thank you to Dr. Robert Mann and his staff, as well as the staffs of Amedisys Hospice  and Florence Nursing and Rehab for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


November 19, 2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL


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November 19, 2020 11:30 am

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Graveside Funeral

November 19, 2020
1:00 pm

St. Michael's Catholic Church Cemetery, St. Florian, AL

Graveside Funeral

St. Michael's Catholic Church Cemetery, County Road 61, Florence, AL

November 19, 2020 1:00 pm

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7 Comments on “Janice French King”

  1. Such a sweet, sweet lady. I feel blessed to have known her. My best wishes to the family as they deal with her loss.

  2. To all of Aunt Janice’s family- while we are all saddened about her passing, it is wonderful to know that she and Uncle Henry are together once again. Please know I hold everyone in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I will miss her.

  3. Janice and Henry were special friends, we will miss them. Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Knox and Vicki Longshore .

  4. Janice and Henry were the epitome of a loving, successful couple with many friends in the Shoals Community and elsewhere. Janice was an integral part of the success of King Realty and Auction, Inc. during their many years of operating that business together. We were privileged to call both of them our friends, and admired their integrity and hard work ethic. May she Rest In Peace with her dear Henry.

  5. Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. I never met your sister, but I remember a beautiful pale yellow dress with embroidery on the collar that you had in ninth grade. It was a unique, one-of-a-kind dress that you said your sister made for you. I know you will miss her. Sending prayers.

  6. I will miss Janice very much, especially seeing her at church. My prayers and sympathy for all her family.

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