Mrs. Minnie Mae (Epperson) King, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 8, 2013. She was born on December 30, 1942 to the late Theo “Buddy” Epperson, Sr., and the late Lydia Treadwell Epperson in Pine Bluff, Ark.
Minnie was baptized at St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark. She joined the St. Peter’s Rock Missionary Baptist Church in May of 2012.
Minnie was educated in Pine Bluff, graduating from Southeast High School in 1962. She attended technical school in Little Rock, Ark., and received a certification in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Minnie worked at various eateries including the local country clubs and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Food Service Department.
Minnie was a recording artist under the labels of Staxx and Peacock Records. Minnie performed with The Ike and Tina Turner Revue, O.V. Wright, Bobby Blue Bland and other nationally known artists. Her songs are still played in the United States, the U.K. and Ireland.
Minnie played the role as a non-violent activist in the rich, deep and complex Civil Rights Movement of Pine Bluff, Ark., in the 1960’s. She participated in the sit-in demonstrations and boycotts against segregated local businesses in downtown Pine Bluff, which impacted such businesses as McDonald’s, Woolworths and Kress.
Cherishing her memories forever are a daughter and son-in-law, Dornetta and Charles Hobbs of Pine Bluff, Ark.; three brothers, Theo “Mickey” (Jeannie) Epperson, Robert (Delois) Epperson, and Raymond Epperson all of Pine Bluff, Ark.; two sisters, Beatrice (Quenston) Jacobs and Debra Epperson both of Pine Bluff, Ark.; two step-sons, Reginald (Jeanette) King and Donovan (Brenda) King both of Pine Bluff, Ark., and one step-daughter Carmelita King of Bryant, Ark.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves to cherish her memory — nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who she admired and loved dearly.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2013 at St. Peter’s Rock Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. Darren Edgerson. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Memorial Garden by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. with a Visitation/Family Hour from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1:15 p.m. until time of service. The family will be at 3203 Kendyl Drive, Pine Bluff. Online register: www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.