On Friday, November 11, 1988, along the banks of the Elizabeth River, on the coastal shores of the Atlantic Ocean, in the city of Portsmouth, VA, a child was born. It was a day in which the Master Architect of the Universe crafted a blueprint that was so uniquely and exquisitely designed, it caused the heavenly host to become excited and rejoice. It was a day when a continued legacy was bonded to the family tree. It was a day when the Royal Scepter of Authority was placed in his hands because he would become a conqueror, as well as, an overcomer. It was the day in which Aaron Darius King, Sr. was born.
By the time Aaron was two years old, the family relocated to Orlando, FL. How many kids can say that they had Disney World and Sea World as their neighbors for a playground? During his early childhood in Orlando, Aaron would go to church with his parents at The Life Center Church in Eatonville, FL. Members of The Life Center described Aaron as shy, cute, well mannered, lovable, always smiling and willing to help other children and adults.
On the move again, by the time Aaron was nine years old, his family moved to Jacksonville, FL, widely known as D–U-V-A-L County. Usually, being the new kid on the block and attending a new school can be very difficult for a child. However, not Aaron, even though Aaron was still shy, he always had this magnetism that captivated and drew individuals towards him. Soon the kids in the neighborhood were gathering around Aaron’s house for pickup games of basketball and football, as well as, crashing in Aaron’s room playing video games and we can’t forget, enjoying Aaron’s mother homestyle finger licking cooking and desserts.
By the time Aaron reached his later middle school years and entered high school, the shy young boy had been erased and replaced by a confident, calm, and controlled young teenager with swagger. As stated earlier, Aaron possessed this magnetism which morphed into leadership. Just like most great leaders, it is their compassion and willingness to help other individuals that set them apart. These qualities, along with many others grabbed the attention of his teachers, administration and peers. When Aaron graduated from Robert E. Lee, High School in 2007, he was known by all as the person who could light up any room with his kind heart and infectious smile.
After graduating from high school, Aaron attended Florida Community College of Jacksonville, FL. Aaron really enjoyed life after high school, his passionate pastime were sports, music, traveling and video games. But as Aaron began to grow older and wiser, his desire to help those in the community also grew. Aaron felt that combining his desire to help others and his burning quest to be an entrepreneur were a perfect marriage, thereby, giving birth to his company “Aaron Writes Professional and Affordable Resume Services, LLC”.
While thirty-one years is not long, it’s long enough to know that God is the center of your life. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it’s long enough for individuals to be in awe of your mannerism and charm. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it is long enough to chase the dark clouds away, when you walk into the room with that infectious smile. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it’s long enough to be willing to lend a helping to those in their time of need. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it’s long enough for others to see how trustworthy and dependable you are. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it’s long enough to start a company teaching and mentoring high school students in the Duval County school system, preparing them in employability skills and workforce training. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it’s long enough to be a catalyst and leader for social justice and social change with “Aaron Writes”. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it’s long enough for an infant to become a toddler, who becomes an adolescent, who becomes a teenager, who becomes a young adult who becomes a man, who respects, honors, admires and loves his parents. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it’s long enough to be a father to three wonderful children, it’s long enough to hold them, cherish them, kiss them, feed them, change their dirty diapers, take them to the doctor, laugh with them, take them to the park, chase them around the yard playing tag and sports, pick them up from school, it’s long enough to give them love that the deepest ocean can’t hold. Yes, thirty-one years is not long, but it is long enough to know that we will miss you.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, God decided that Aaron had fulfilled his time here on earth and called him from labor to reward. Aaron answered the call and took the hand of the Master Architect of the Universe into a new mansion that had been prepared for him. At Aaron’s new mansion in heaven, he was welcomed by his paternal grandparents William C. King and Willie Pearl King, along with his maternal grandparents King S. Ellison, Sr. and Rose Margaret Ellison. Also waiting to greet Aaron in heaven was his aunt, Annie Mae Murray and uncle, Cornelius King.
Those left behind to cherish and carry on his legacy are his parents, Henry and Ruth King; children, Aaron Darius King, Jr., Zariya Kyanne King and Zuri Denise King; sister, Alicia N. Toles; nephews, Michael Elliott Toles and Christopher Perry King; very special friend, Shayla Joseph; mothers of his children, Raven Wannamaker, Vanessa Roy and Jodi-Ann Barr; aunts, Dorothy Ellison of Bronx, NY, Minnie (Willie) Combs of Rocky Mountain, NC, Gwendolyn Williams of Thomasville, GA, Gloria King of Jacksonville, FL, Thomasena Middleton of Walterboro, SC, Brenda Kelley of Atlanta. GA, Rosa E. Best of Charlotte, NC, Martha Pencile of Yemassee, SC, Elizabeth (Ronald) Jones of Blacklick, OH and Deadre (Greg) Rollins of Hollywood, FL,; uncles King S (Gracie) Ellison, Jr. of Green Pond, SC and Theodore (Irene) Ellison of Elizabeth, NJ; great aunt, Winefred (Lester) Willis of Thomasville, GA; great uncle, Alonzo (Bea) Garland of Miami, FL and many other loving relatives and friends.
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