March 29, 1923 ~ December 21, 2020

Born in: Alma, Georgia
Resided in: Los Angeles, California

In Loving Memory of Della Jones King

On March 29, 1923 in Alma, Georgia, Nellie Hamilton Jones and William Henry Jones gave birth to their third child, Della Mae Jones. While Della was still a child, the family moved to Charleston, South Carolina.

Della was a feisty child. She did not back down from excitement or drama. Della would not only stand up for herself, but would often say: “I was the one that didn’t take no mess, I would fight anybody that mess with either one of my sisters”.

At 19 years old, Della was ready to see the world. She met a sailor named George King and they married in November of 1942. Being a military wife they moved to various states and eventually settled in California in 1958.

Della and George had one child, Larry who died at a young age. Della later took on the responsibility of raising her six-month old niece, Deborah. In 1960, when Deborah was only seven years old, Della found herself a single parent after her husband, George without notice left the house, and never returned.

Although Della only achieved an eighth-grade education, she was independent and self- sufficient. Della had many skills to pay the bills. She worked in a dress factory as a seamstress, a short-order cook, a nanny, and domestic worker. Ultimately, she would find her passion for helping people. One of her greatest achievements was earning her certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She wore her badge of honor proudly: Della M. King, CNA. Della loved donning her crispy white nursing uniform, hat and shoes. She was admired by patients, co-workers and administrators for her hard work ethic, dedication and commitment to excellence. Another passion of Della’s was cooking, she was an excellent cook, and would make people hurt themselves eating. Some of her favorite finger-licking dishes were Mustard greens, Fried chicken and Banana Pudding.

Della enjoyed playing bingo, watching old western movies and cartoons. Della would laugh so hard at the cartoon characters until she cried. Della enjoyed getting dressed to spend the day at the Adult Daycare facilities; she loved the interaction and they loved her participation. Grandma Della took great pleasure in helping to raise her twin granddaughters. Although she could not tell them apart, she loved every minute with them, and would give up her life for them.

Della had an infectious personality, and was affectionately referred to “Mama King” and “Mama Queen” People would always say: she reminds me of my mother, or my grandmother. Della had a caring spirit which made people love to confide in her. She would often warn them: if you don’t want to hear the truth, don’t tell me your problems”. She had the perfect balance between being a parent and being a friend. She was brutally honest, and sometimes her words would cut like a knife. Other times there was nothing that she wouldn’t do for you. She was also dubbed “Diva Della” because she loved to go out on the weekends and “paint-the-town-red” as she would say.

Della was a pet lover, she had a dog named Damien, and at least (3) cats: Patches, Ebony, and Foxy. She would always say that her pets were a lot comfort for her.

Della was always ashamed she was not able to attend church regularly because her jobs would have her working on Sundays, but she lived by faith and would wake up singing gospel hymns and she always had faith that the Lord would make a way.

Della lived a long, hard life, She worked very hard to receive less than minimum pay, but her love of the Lord kept her spirits up, and she would always say: “ I won’t be down always, the Lord’s gonna make a way”.

Della Jones King earned her wings and departed this life on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 4:50am.

Diva Della leaves to cherish her memory, her niece, Deborah Evains of Los Angeles, CA (William); sister Luella Baugh of North Charleston, SC, three nephews: Matthew Jones, Jr. of Chandler, Arizona, Kenneth L. Brown of North Charleston, SC, and William H. Jones of Deiona, Israel; niece, Dr. Joyce A. Baugh of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (Roger), Granddaughters: Jasmine Evains of Atlanta, GA and Jeanine Evains-Robinson (Clarence) of Oakland, CA, Great Grandson, Clarence Robinson, IV and Great Granddaughter, Genevieve Robinson; and many other loving relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, George King; and son, Larry King; her brother, Matthew Jones, Sr.; and sister, Helen Jones Gaines.

God has one of our best angels and will be truly missed…

Della Mae King Zoom Service

The link to view and download the service will expire March 1, 2021.

View current weather.

Tribute Video

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline

Photo Gallery


  1. candle 7Della
    D ivine*
    E verlasting*
    L oving*
    L ight *
    A lways

    Della personified a Divine energy. Della always knew that she was enough. Never boastful, never loud.
    Quiet and kind with a side eye that could read minds. When Della spoke her words rang true, she didn’t talk because she knew how too, she spoke to speak good sense into you.

    Are the seeds that she scattered into the lives of you. To blossom, to bloom, to grow, to bring you through, a season a reason when life seems too difficult for you.

    Is truly what she knew how to do.It was from Love in which she came to visit you, and it is to love she returned after her assignment was through.

    May the Light that Della leaves behind guide your days and illuminate your darkest nights.

    Always & Forever,

    To her family and friends this is what I believe, every time you think of Della it’s because Della & Foxy are thinking of you.

    Love & Light Always,


  2. candle 1To my Diva

    D E L L A

    I’ll always remember the times you, Deb and I spent together after Deb and I returned home from a night on the town. We would sit and talk to you about how our night had gone but only sharing with you bits and pieces of our story. You’d just laugh because you always knew there was more to the story than what we were willing to share. I loved your girlish giggles. If I was a little down, the sound of your giggles made me feel like we were sharing secrets, which I loved. It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, for part of me went with you, the day God called you home. You loved me unconditionally and in my eyes, you will forever be the world’s greatest DIVA! I am so grateful to have had you in my life.

    Love Always,…. Dee (Lois)

  3. candle 4Tribute to Della M. King
    Because of the distance separating us over the years, I unfortunately did not get to see Aunt Della very often. Growing up in South Carolina, and then living in the Midwest since the early 80s, California visits were few and far between. But during the times when we were able to get together (usually at family reunions), I loved seeing her smiles and hearing her laughter. She was feisty, sassy, and so full of life! Just a special person – beaming with love and pride for all of her family.
    Her life was a blessing to us, and her memory a treasure. She is loved beyond words, and missed beyond measure.

    Joyce Baugh

  4. candle 7December, 2020
    A note to Mama King…From Kathy Jackson
    I know you are resting in peace, and enjoying yourself with your family and friends above.
    Mama, I will miss you so, so much. We shared a lot of good memories and conversations together.
    You were truly a second mother to me, ever since I moved to Los Angeles in 1972.
    We held long conversations, during which we discussed topics, thoughts, and feelings, that I’ve never discussed with other people. You always gave me your wisdom which was, invariably, on point.
    You taught me to have a deep concern for others, regardless of their condition. You demonstrated how to help disabled Senior Citizens, a calling that I try to fulfill to this day.
    You know that I will always be here for my sister, Debbie, and the grandchildren. I love you, and I look forward to the time that we will meet again and have fun remembering the good old days.
    Kathy Jackson

  5. candle 3You Meant So Much
    by Cassie Mitchell

    “You meant so much to all of us
    You were special and that’s no lie
    You brightened up the darkest day
    And the cloudiest sky
    Your smile alone warmed hearts
    Your laugh was like music to hear
    I would give absolutely anything
    To have you well and standing near
    Not a second passes
    When you’re not on our minds
    Your love we will never forget
    The hurt will ease in time
    Many tears I have seen and cried
    They have all poured out like rain
    I know that you are happy now
    And no longer in any pain.”

  6. candle 8Miss Della Diva, you were my dear friend from the first day I met you I loved you dearly. I always enjoyed visiting and talking with you. You were a down to earth Diva who loved to dress to turn some heads and have fun. Della was a Soldier, she always could handle what came way. Della always kept her Faith. I will miss you.
    I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the Faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of Righteousness.
    2 Timothy 4:7-8

    Safely Home
    I am home in Heaven dear ones.
    Oh, so happy and so bright!
    There is perfect joy and in this everlasting light.
    All the pain and grief is over ,
    Every restless tossing passed:
    I am now at peace forever.
    Safely home in Heaven at last.
    ~Chapel of the Chimes~

  7. candle 1To My Family:

    You can always tell  where a beautiful soul has been  by the tears and the smiles  left behind.

    Thinking of you as you mourn the loss of someone so special. Hoping with time, a gentle peace will return to your life.
    ~Hallmark Cards~

  8. candle 3In memory of Mama Della a wonderful woman everyone who knew her could only love her. A kind, caring, joyful, true southern belle!

    Wherever A beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.

  9. John 14:2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you.

    Della, I know you are in the arms of Jesus.
    You will be missed but I know if we would ask you to stay, you would say, “Oh no! My room is ready.”

    God’s grace will keep you and the many memories of you in our hearts.

  10. candle 4Really going to miss you Della,when i came to California i was trying to get away from family and friends back home where i grew up after leaving the military because something was wrong with me and i did’t know what it was i didn’t like to be around people wanted to just be along all the time then one day mama call and told me that i had a 1st cousin in California and to go see Della because she is my 1st cousin when meeting Della for the first time i was really excited know knowing i was suffering with PTSD i just could not be around anyone long and i didn’t want anyone see me break down and just start crying i didn’t visit very much finally i got help in 2014 things got better for me with the help of the Doctors and medicine but now you or gone home i LOVE YOU DELLA

  11. candle 7In loving memory of Ms. Della, who showed much love and care to others. Your light and your truth touched my life, as well as the lives of many others; you will forever be in my heart. God’s peace and comfort to all.

  12. candle 7In loving memory of Ms. Della for the love and care you showed to so many. Your light and truth touched me, and so many others in such a special way, and you will forever be in my heart. Thanks for being such an example of how to be compassionately honest. God’s peace, blessings and comfort to all.

  13. My condolences, my heart hurts knowing she’s gone Della raised me until I was 10yrs old her and my mom Mable Jackson was best friends they moved to California. I have been searching for Della for years and today out of all days. 5/22/2021 I decided to search again and found this obituary. I now have sadden closure. She was my mom that I always remember, and Deborah King as I knew her was my sister. If anyone speaks to Debbie please tell her I love her. Tammy Irvin

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook