Celeste (Root) King, 68, of Taylorville, formerly of Assumption, passed away on November 9, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis due to complications from Pulmonary Hypertension.  She was born on January 18, 1951 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, the daughter of Albert and Genevieve (Cazalet) Root.  She married John A. King at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Assumption, on August 24, 1974.  Celeste was a retired hairdresser, nail technician, and bank teller at Regions Bank.  She loved her family and adored her grandchildren more than anything.

Mrs. King is survived by her husband: John A. King of Taylorville; children: Stephanie Spresser of South Elgin, IL and son: Chris King of Wendell, North Carolina; grandsons: Evan and Cole Spresser of South Elgin and granddaughter: Kaitlyn King of Hampstead, North Carolina; brother: Bill (Jackie) Root of Maricopa, Arizona; sisters: Michelle Smart and Suzie Helm both of Pana and Jackie (Don) Morrison of Assumption; brother-in-law: Richard Jones of Watseka; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great, nephews, and cousins; and her two cats: BB and Si.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sister: Sandy Jones.

Mrs. King will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Fr. Rodney A. Schwartz officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the funeral home.  A private family inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Assumption.


The King family requests no flowers, but to donate to a charity of your choice.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Celeste, or condolences to the family, may be left online at

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