The Rev. Vernon C. King, a member of the King Center board in Atlanta and nephew of Martin Luther King Jr., has died, the family announced Saturday.
The Rev. King, youngest son of Martin Luther King Jr.’s only brother, A.D. King Sr., died suddenly Friday in Greensboro, N.C. He was 48. The cause of death was not provided.
King was a graduate of Morehouse College and had pastored several churches in Georgia and North Carolina over the years. At the time of his death, he was senior pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Greensboro.
In addition to the King Center board in Atlanta, he served on the Southern Christian Leadership Conference board of directors, an organization Martin Luther King Jr. co-founded.
In a statement, first cousin Martin Luther King III called him “a wonderful man who served God and humanity with remarkable dedication and a beautiful spirit of humility.”
The Rev. King is survived by his wife, Robin Scott King of Washington, D.C.; two daughters, Victoria Chelsea and Venus Chantel King; his mother, Naomi B. King; a sister, Dr. Alveda C. King; and brother, the Rev. Derek B. King Sr. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. Alfred King II; and a sister, Darlene King.
Funeral arrangements were pending.