March 13, 1978 – Sept. 21, 2023
Patrick Michael “Pat” King, 45, died Sept. 21, 2023. He was a graduate of Bowling Green High School Class of 1996, where he played on the Buccaneer basketball team. Pat competed with his teammates in the playoffs many times and was voted All-Tournament, All-District and an All-Star on several occasions. His #5 Jersey was retired by the school and hangs honorably in the school gymnasium.
Post-high school, he played basketball at Mississippi College. King soon began a coaching career that lasted for over 20 years at Bowling Green School, Oak Forest Academy and most recently with Pontchartrain Christian Athletics. As the leader of the Lady Bucs and Buccaneers, Coach Pat led the teams to numerous playoff seasons, South State Championships, State Finals appearances and a State Championship in 2013 for the Lady Buccaneers.
Throughout all of King’s accomplishments in athletics, his goal was to glorify God and point everyone he taught, coached, and led, to his savior Jesus Christ. He established Grace Heritage Baptist Church in Franklinton in the summer of 2020, serving as pastor. At the beginning of his pastorate at GHBC Pat preached 25 sermons on the Attributes of God, and most recently preached 50 sermons through the book of 1 Corinthians.
Survivors are his wife, Mandy Sessions King of Franklinton; two daughters: Anna Reese King, Rylie Mikenzie King; parents: Mickey King and Patricia “Patty” Edwards King of Franklinton; mother-in-law Sylvia (Winston) Stogner of Tylertown; sister-in-law: Kristy (Randy) Dykes; brother-in-law, Matt (Brittany) Sessions; nieces and nephews: Megan and Daniel Martin, Samantha and Jared Newman, Mackayla Dykes, Jaxton Sessions, Jaelyn Sessions, Jennings Sessions; great-nieces and great-nephews: Haydin Grace, Kyler Mack, Anniston, Alec, Creed.
He was preceded in death by his brother Warren Mack King, grandparents Charles Mack and Nancy Isabel King, John Alfred and Ruby Lee Edwards, father in law Mike Sessions. uncles Butch Edwards, Rusty Edwards, cousin Jack Todd Edwards.
A celebration of life was Sept. 25, 2023, at Bowling Green School gymnasium with Rev. Shadd Pittman, Rev. Jimmy Oalmann and Rev. Tony Hicks officiating, burial in the Hays Creek Southern Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations to Grace Heritage Baptist Church (mailing address 21067 Hwy. 25, Franklinton, LA 70438).
Pallbearers were Randy Dykes, Matt Sessions, Clint Casanova, Casey Casanova, James Bellanger, Auston Jones.
Honorary Pallbearers were Daniel Martin, Jared Newman, Aaron King, Kevin Bond, Dusty Rogers, Curtis Matherne.
Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton was in charge of the arrangements. Obituaries can be viewed online at www.crainfh.com