Carolyn "Tidy" Tevis (King)
On October 11, 1936, Carolyn K. “Tidy” Tevis was born into the lives of the late James Henry King, Sr. and Annette G. King as well as three adoring big brothers, Benjamin, James Henry and Charles Phillip.
The King family lived on Spivey Alley in Conway, South Carolina, where growing up meant that everyone was family. Carolyn and her brothers played enjoyed the sports of baseball and basketball and played regularly with their friends. In Spivey Alley, the family was everything as the families truly believed that it takes a village to raise a child. Family was at the heart of the Kings in every way.
As Carolyn grew, her grandfather George Singletary gave her the nickname of “Tidy” because she loved to clean up after everyone and the name stuck!
Carolyn attended Whittemore High School, where she was a hard worker in whatever she set her mind to do. She discovered her natural talent for cooking. Carolyn stood side by side with her great grandmother, learning all the family secrets that made her food the best around. Her culinary talents were legendary. Carolyn’s ability to love her family and friends through the delicious food she made was renowned.
Carolyn had two beautiful children, Basil Jason and Hope Gwendolyn. They were her pride and joy! Carolyn worked at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and it was there where she met James Tevis, an Air Rescue Specialist. James and Carolyn quickly became friends. Their friendship grew stronger over time as the two could talk about everything and anything. She was a good listener, best friend and trusted confidant to James. James loved the way Carolyn carried herself---confident, dressed beautifully and yet was very down to earth. He knew that she was the “one” long before he asked for her hand in marriage.
Carolyn and James were married on December 19, 1968. The family of four traveled widely, living in Ohio, Indiana and Florida, experiencing new sights and making lots of friends along the way. They eventually settled in Ohio in 1976 and then back to Conway, South Carolina and finally made their home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Carolyn and James have lived in Foxfire for over three decades, enjoying her delicious prune cake, pound cake, fruit jams and her famous chow-chow. Her skills in playing bingo led to many winnings, which she shared among her grandchildren. She loved to create beautiful keepsakes for family and friends with her hands through sewing, knitting, crocheting and crafts.
Everyone who knew Carolyn regarded her as the ultimate lady, a mother to all, and a determined woman who said what she meant and meant what she said! She had high standards when it came to raising her family while always maintaining a pristine home and a beautiful garden.
On April 18, 2018, Carolyn took the hand of God and slipped into the peaceful paradise of Heaven to join her mother, father, three brothers and beloved granddaughter, Aleah.
Carolyn was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Aleazor Ann King.
Carolyn is survived by: her devoted husband, James Tevis; her loving children, Basil Jason King (Diane) and Hope King Randall (James); cherished grandchildren, Jason (Keisha), Tavia, Jarrett, Kristopher, Bryce and Justin; great-grandchildren, Laila, Kennedy Rose and Jairean; sisters-in-law, Myra King of Washington, DC and Ann King of Columbus, Indiana; nephews and nieces, Brenda, Ron, Valerie, Jeffery, James, Aleazor Annette, Charles and Tony; her best friends, Marie Covington and Delores Swearington, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jackson, Constance Perkins and Valerie Hurst; and a multitude of relatives, friends, and people whose lives she deeply touched.