January 22, 1944 ~ February 4, 2020
On January 22, 1944, LaVerne Florence Greene was born in Detroit Michigan. At the age of five, she and her family moved to sunny Los Angeles, California. While attending Thomas Jefferson High School, she excelled in academics and was an accomplished swimmer. In 1960, she was part of a small group of students who protested civil rights at Jefferson High School. She orchestrated a meeting with the Principal at Jefferson High School to get permission to turn the group into an Activist club on campus. This was the prelude of many other Civil Rights activities she was involved in. Later, in the same year, she formed a Negro Dance group, which was a fusion of African Culture and West Coast Jazz & Black Pop music. This group performed around the black community. Their performances raised eyebrows in the community because it was unheard of during that time to celebrate ”Negro” Culture. She went on to be involved with the Avalon Community Center for Civil Rights, The Majestics, The Congress of Racial Equality, SNCC (Watts Chapter), and she pioneered along with others, The United Civil Rights Committee in Los Angeles.
In 1960, LaVerne met James Garrett. A romance blossomed, and a child was born - Marcus Leonard. After his birth, she returned to school in 1962 and was salutatorian of her high school graduating class. Upon graduating from high school, she earned a license as a dental hygienist and worked in that field for a short time. She wasn’t satisfied looking into the mouths of strangers, so, she left; wanting more involvement in helping others. This prompted her to seek out a challenging opportunity. LaVerne went to work for a prominent African American doctor by the name of Dr. Clark, as his office nurse. In 1963, she remarried, and had her second child- Gregory Keith, in 1965. That marriage dissolved, and some years later LaVerne met and married Samuel Curry. From this union, a third child- Stacy Jeneen, was born. LaVerne was very active in entrepreneurship with her husband. They ran an employment agency along with a fashion modeling enterprise.
During the 1970s, LaVerne continued in nursing, where she worked for a pair of doctors by the names of Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Rachel Efsky in their Westchester Allergy practice. During this period of her life, raising her children was her number one priority. She held a number of positions, such as: Administrative Assistant for Warner Lambert, Area 9 Inc. where she was a CNA instructor and lastly, Broadway Hospital, where she served as an Administrative Assistant.
After enduring a divorce, in 1982 LaVerne enrolled and graduated from Pacific Coast College as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. An opportunity presented itself and Pacific Coast College offered her a position as a CNA /LVN instructor. While LaVerne was at Pacific Coast College, she began to assist with the writing LVN curriculum. Eager to progress, she continued working as a nurse while attending UCLA Extension where she earned her vocational teacher education Credential in Adult Ed. She saw an opening for an adult schoolteacher and armed with her LVN License and her teaching credential in adult vocational education, she accepted a teaching position with the Lynwood Adult School nursing program. LaVerne had finally found her calling. She particularly enjoyed writing the curriculum for the Lynwood LVN program, and the rest is history. She continued to serve in that capacity for over 20 years.
Later in 1982, LaVerne accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. In 1984, LaVerne married Tim King. Seeking more of God and wanting more of His power in 1985, the Lord led LaVerne to Peace Apostolic Church in Inglewood, CA, under the leadership of Suff. Bishop Howard A. Swancey. For over 25 years, she was head of the Nurses Guild at Peace Apostolic Church. She was also a Sunday School Instructor, held an Associate of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry from Aenon Bible College, and was a licensed Minister by the California Hawaii District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Inc.
In LaVerne’s free time she enjoyed making floral arrangements. She combined this hobby and began making gourmet baskets, in which she would include perfumes, linens and towels that she hand-decorated. LaVerne had never ending love for her pets (dogs especially) and she loved to travel, cook, sew and knit.
After a lengthy illness, Sister Laverne King departed this life on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 at 8:50 pm. The Lord chose to take her “Home.” She was preceded in death by her mother, Adelaide E. Smith, and her stepfather, Douglas A. Greene. She is survived by her husband, Tim King; children - Marcus L. Porter and wife Shandrea Porter, Gregory K. Porter, and daughter Stacy J. Curry; grandchildren - Ashley Hasan and husband Lawrence Hasan, Marcus L. Porter, II and wife Loren Porter, and Erin Jordan; great-grandchildren- Briella Hasan and Rylie Porter; godchildren, Peace Apostolic Church Family, and a host of extended family and friends.
“Thou good and faithful servant, you have finished your course. You were steadfast and unmovable, and you always abounded in the grace of GOD.”
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