Ms. Sheila Ann King, daughter of Fred King Sr. (deceased) and Geneva Ruffin, was born on December 5, 1955 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. She attended public school in Pennsylvania, including The University of Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Beauty School, before finding a love for caring for others. Her love for others manifested a long fulfilling career with Children & Youth Services in Pennsylvania and the Department of Family & Children Services in Georgia. During such time, her love for art evolved into becoming a nail technician and business owner. She was married for nearly 20 years to the late Darrell Willis and raised three daughters.
Ms. King was known to have a generous and uplifting spirit, which would light up every room she entered. She lived a phenomenal life traveling the world, treasuring those around her and cherishing each day. She never met a stranger and always loved people as if they were family. Her warm and caring soul was as calm as the ocean yet her outgoing personality was as fierce as fire. Her sense of class, humility and versatility were unmatched, as she could seamlessly shift from wearing diamonds and furs at a Ritz-Carlton dinner to Old National to recite her beloved Pepsi rap. After all, who didn’t want to hear “Give me some Pep, some nice cool Pep, I mean some Pep… Pepsi?” Some knew her for her big, bold and blonde afro, some knew her for her fashionista style, and some knew her as the life of the party, but one thing for sure -- everyone knew her as the “Diva of the Southside”. She was always known to make a grand entrance and New Year’s Day was no different, as she entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
Her beautiful life will continue to be celebrated by James and Geneva Autry and her three loving daughters: Renee King, Tiffany Willis and Amanda Willis, as well as her son-in-law, Anthony Cooper Jr. She transitioned with seven grandchildren: Anthony Willis, Shakeyla Willis, James Becton, Heaven King, Christian Cooper, Christina Cooper and Aubrey Foster; along with one great-granddaughter, Riley Hunt. She was preceded in death by her oldest brother Edward Jacobs. Her memories will continue to be carried on by her remaining siblings: Joyce Jacobs, Elder Arnold Ruffin (Vivian), Sharon King, Geneva King, and Fred King Jr., as well as a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and endless friends.
Friends and extended family are welcome to pay their respects by visiting Fischer Funeral Care on Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 2:00 – 3:30pm. A private funeral service for immediate family only will follow the public visitation.
Ms. King will be deeply missed by many, but we all know that she’s strutting around Heaven in the most elaborate white, laced and blinged out wings that Heaven has ever seen.
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