Erica DeShaye King

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Erica DeShaye King, of Columbus, Ohio stepped into the loving arms of Jesus on September 24, 2021. She is deeply loved and will be forever missed.

Erica was born July 31, 1981 to the late Lucille King and Martin Smart. She graduated from Franklin Heights High School in 1999. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and two Master’s Degrees. Erica could do anything she put her mind to. She was full of life and lived her life to the fullest. She was a teacher, guiding students through learning the English language through McDonald’s Corporate Campus. She was a technical consultant, guiding customers and encouraging colleagues at Apple, Inc. for the past several years. She was a fierce and loving mother who wanted to give her kids the world. She was a devoted aunt and daughter. She was a sister that embodied the best of what a sister is.

Erica was a lover of puzzles, Target, the Dallas Cowboys, Harry Potter and Charmed. She loved being the family Easter Bunny, making baskets overflowing with sweets as well as love. She was as smart as she was beautiful, as headstrong as she was kind, and as loving as she was giving. Erica had the biggest, prettiest smile and an even bigger heart. She had a light that drew people to her and brought joy and laughter wherever she went. Our hearts do not understand why she is gone, but we know that she is with Christ. Erica was strong in her faith and lived it out day by day. She was strong in the Word and prayed beautifully with and for her family and others.

Erica was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille King; maternal grandmother Evelyn King, maternal grandfather, Walter King, Sr.; paternal grandmother Dora Smart; and paternal grandfather William Smart.

She leaves to cherish her memory, son, Jameson King and daughter, Aundrea King; father, Martin Smart; stepmom, Pamela Smart; sisters, Deanna Thomas (Keith), LaShonna Johnson (Larry W.), Shenise Smart, and Vanessa Gault (Christian); fiance’, Ozzie Mannwright; nieces and nephews who all loved Auntie Erica, cousins, aunts and uncles, and countless friends and colleagues


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Public Walkthrough Viewing at 12:00 noon followed by a Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Funeral at 2:00 PM Sunday, October 10, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd). Mask and Social Distancing are required for all services and tickets are required for Private Services.

Condolence Messages

  1. I love you. I will miss you dearly. R. I. P. Cousin

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to all my cousins . So sad to hear of our loss.

  3. Debra and the King family, let not your heart be troubled but yet believed on the Lord Jesus the Christ, that he’s still able to see you through even this sorrow and despair. Whatever, we can do as a part of the body of Christ, to help fill each others care – we are just a phone call away. May this soul Rest in Peace and in God’s Glory, until that day.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow. May God comfort you through his Word the Bible and a gift to prayer. Truly sorry for your loss.

  5. May God comfort your hearts & mind during this difficult time!

  6. Cassie and the Hoosier Family

    My beautiful friend. My heart is broken for your family. Your love encompassed everyone. You loved all those around you. I am going to miss seeing you at the most random times, especially at cheer competitons. I am going to miss talking about how our kids have grown up so much. I am going to miss your smile. To your family, I offer my deepest condolences. I can’t even imagine the heartbreak and hurt you are feeling. My family is thinking of you all. We are praying for peace and calming for you all.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers for the family my God comfort you all.

  8. Lindsay LeVally-Wallace

    Erica was one of my favorite people in life. No matter where I was geographically we always made time to connect in person. Please know your entire family is in my prayers and I am here to help in any way I can. Erica, I love you always, you will be forever missed.

  9. I am somewhat at a loss for words right now and have been since the news was relayed to me. Erica had such an amazing smile and personality – she was the energy that captivated any room she entered. Her laughter was recognizable within a crowded room and she was always willing to “step up” and help if someone ever needed her. Erica was also the biggest Cowboys fan that I have ever known. I will forever miss her in the physical world but know that her spirit is still amongst us all. My prayers and condolences to the entire family.

  10. My Best Friend!! We been together since the 90’s. I can’t fathom the fact that you are gone. My heart breaks for the kids and your family. This pain is DEEP!! I promise to watch over the kids. Because you would do the same for me. I love you Bestie!!

  11. Martin, Dungey, and Tyree Family

    May Hod hold your family’s hearts in his hands during this time and during their life journey as you transition to a higher place… rest easy in his presence

  12. thank you for loving me like one of your own, say hi to amber for me

  13. Erica and I went to Defiance College together and she was always such a beautiful soul. I am so saddened by her passing and sending all my love to her family.

  14. You was a true friend Im going to miss u forever I’ll do all I can to help with the kids pls help me watch over yours and mines I’ll miss u forever we will meet again

  15. I’m going to miss your smile and beautiful face love and miss baby fly high.

  16. Landon S. Jackson

    Always a special place for you in my heart. RIP Love

  17. Sending comforting thoughts to the entire family.I did not know Erica personally, but work with a relative. I have no doubt that she was a sweet and wonderful person. The heavens have received a beautiful angel. May the stars and sun remind her of her light.

  18. My condolences to the King family. Continual prayers for her children. I have know Erica since 14 year old. She have always had a bright smile on her face. We debated about her love for the Cowboys. Kiss Aunt Lucy for me. Dance with Erin for me. Fly high Erica. Love you girl! You will be missed!

  19. You will be greatly missed. Heaven has gained a real one and that contagious beautiful smile will be misses ❤ Pleass hug your cousin Erin for me!!

  20. My condolences and prayers go to the King family and her children. I’ve known Erica since we were in high school, such a kind, loving and happy person all the time. It hurts to even write this but, you will be truly missed. Love u E.

  21. I’m so saddened to hear about the loss of Erica. She will be missed by many. May God be with all of you in this time of need and may her spirit continue to live on through her children.

  22. Patrick & Marietta Moore Graves

    We are sorry for your loss.
    There’s no sadness Jesus can’t feel
    There’s no sorrow that he can not heal, for all things work according to the master’s holly will.
    We love you.

  23. Jennay Rechel-Barkley

    I love you and miss you so much! Your smile lit up a room and the memories we shared I will forever cherish forever cousin. You inspired so many people on this Earth and hearing about your impact is so heartwarming. Grieving this is beyond rough though but God said well done. Until we meet again my love!

  24. Erica, every single person blessed to know you feels close to you. That is a testament to who you are as a human – a best friend, a genuinely beautiful soul, a connector. I will miss seeing you. I am so incredibly thankful for every second I got to spend with you and it’s unimaginable that there won’t be any more. I am praying hard for your family. With so much respect and love, Amy Rowe

  25. Shonna (Wayne)and Deanna (Keith) I am so sorry for this. You are both in my thoughts and prayers continuously. May God bring you peace and comfort during this time.
    Hope to see you soon.

  26. I can’t believe I’m even writing this I can’t believe your not here no more you were a beautiful soul you were so wonderful I love you so much and I am really thankful that I was able to meet you and and have memories with you you will forever be in my heart I love you ❤️

  27. This is so hard to believe! Such a beautiful life gone so soon. We never understand why things happen the way they do, but we know The Lord doesn’t make any mistakes. Keeping you all in my prayers

  28. Beautiful person inside and out. You will truly be missed. I will keep your family in my prayers.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4)

  29. With a heavy heart, I want to send my love and condolences. Erica made her mark in this world with love, positive interact and courage. The courage to live and go after life is what she embodied. May she soar amongst the stars and everyone have the opportunity to see greatness. Now on and never forget the beautiful butterfly she became in front of everyone.

  30. Bret and Lindsay Thomas

    We send our deepest condolences to Jameson, Drea, and Erica’s family. May fond memories of Erica bring you comfort during this hard time. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Erica. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of Erica’s soul to Heaven.

  31. Grandmother Bonita

    To Aundrea and Her 5 Aunts;

    I am sorry to hear of a terrible lost. My heart is saddened for truly I love seeking and maintaining safe and healthy environments for our children and our families. I pray that virus COVID would stop attacking our loves ones, Be wise. Take care. I pray that you would stay together in love, peace, joy, and safety. I pray that you will live a very long peaceful life. I pray that you will have a great future through the wisdom, hard safe work through the power, mercy and grace of a God that adds no sorry neither for you and our families. I pray for the Protection of God over all.

    To the 5 Aunts that Aundrea happily mentioned on the phone, please feel free to let Aundrea give you my number.

    Peace, Grandmother Bonita.

  32. Danielle Johnson

    I am still having a hard time believing you are not here. I find myself still wanting to call you to talk to you about all the college decisions for my son. Im going to miss all our Vegas trips. We watched our boys grow up together playing football and our girls with cheer. I will cherish all my memories. I will do what I can to watch over your babies as I know you are also. You will never be forgotten. Love and miss you.

  33. My family was so saddened to hear of Erica’s passing. Our hearts are especially broken for Aundrea and Jameson. I knew Erica as a “cheer mom” and it was a privilege to know her. She loved her kids fiercely and that love carried over to all her cheer kids too. Her beautiful smile was always cheering them on. We were lucky to have known her and we will cherish the memories we shared. Our love and prayers go out to all her friends and family.

  34. Its been a year of remembrance my friend! I cherish our friendship and I will forever miss you. I love you Erica

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