Former clinic owner, Sarah Jean King, passes away


Long time nurse and former owner of the Henderson Clinic passed away last week. Funeral services for Sarah Jean King were held Saturday afternoon.
She was born Aug. 9, 1931 in Harris County, Texas, the third daughter of Ernest Rupert and Mary Ann Dawson Graves. She was raised in Dyersburg, where her parents were involved with the ministry of the Pentecostal Church. In 1949 she graduated from Dyersburg High School. She later graduated from the University of TN School of Nursing in 1952.
While she was in Memphis, she worked at John Gaston Hospital and met Darrel Chambers King a medical student from Bemis. They married in 1953.
After a year of residency in Columbia, S.C., they moved to Henderson. In 1956, they purchased the Stedman Guy Clinic on White Avenue and changed the name to Henderson Clinic. Here she was in charge of the hospital portion of the clinic. She took care of the elderly patients, babies and new mothers. She assisted not only her husband but other physicians who delivered there. After the hospital portion closed in 1971, she continued to work there until 1978 when she went to work for West TN Health Care. She worked there in various positions until her retirement in 1999. She worked one year as acting director for the Chester County Nursing Home. After her retirement she dedicated her life and nursing skills to her husband, Darrel, until his death in 2006. They were married for 53 years. (See complete obituary in the obituaries section).