Niagara Gazette


March 27, 2014

Adele Longmire Parmer King


A longtime resident of Niagara Falls, NY (Fall of 1952 - July 2014), Adele Longmire Parmer King was born on July 14,1919 in Atmore, AL to Irene Longmire (1889-1931) and Quessie Crittenden (1895-1971). Adele attended schools in Georgiana and Atmore, AL and graduated from Escambia County Training (High) School in Atmore, AL.
Adele married Willie James Parmer (1912-1994) of Greenville, AL and to this union, four children were born: Wendell Metezler, Helen Hortense, Twinet and Delores Parmer. During the early 1950's, Willie James and Adele moved to Niagara Falls, NY, where she attended nursing school at Trott Vocational and earned an LPN. For more than 30 years, she worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY, where she became the head Surgical Nurse in Urology. She retired from nursing in August of 1984. She loved her work and took great pride in her accomplishments as she earned the respect of her doctors and patients because of her dedication, professional skills, and competence.
She married Jack King (1915-1984), an industrious Niagara Falls businessman, who owned a dry cleaners, barber shop, and had a band called Big K and the Rockets. In 1972, Adele and Jack purchased King's Deli and Fish Market at 2811 Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls. They operated the store with a sense of pride and treated their customers with dignity and respect. Following King's death in August 1984, she continued to operate the Deli until 2003. They were pillars of the community and took great pride in making available to customers their preferred brands of merchandise. The store had the reputation of having the coldest beverages in town.
As an active member of St. John's AME Church, (917 Garden Avenue), she served as a Trustee, member of the Missionary Society and the Analahiem Club.
Her life-long passion was education and the achievement of higher education for her children and those in the community. She provided encouragement and financial support in assuring that her children would be educated. This passion was manifest in the community because she always took time to encourage the children who came into the store to seek higher education. In fact, she was a "truant officer" who would report a child's failure to board the bus for school to parents. To quote a community member, "She was a Jewel in this community and will be missed."

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