Ora Sterling King was born in Wedowee, Ala. to Mary and James Sterling and died at her home in Atlanta, Ga. of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

She was educated in the Tallapoosa, Ga. public school system where she excelled and went on to Spelman and later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in College Park. She was also awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in 1985.

At the apex of her career, Ora served in the dual role of Dean of Education and Graduate Studies at Coppin State University in Baltimore.

She married the love of her life, Lonnie C. King Jr., in 1993. They initially met in 1972 at a NAACP Freedom Fund dinner.

In addition to her grieving husband, Lonnie C. King Jr., leaves her daughters, Sherrie Manear of Birmingham, Kimberly Forde and Margo Wright of Atlanta; son, Lonnie C. King III of Atlanta; brother, Willie Sterling of Atlanta.

Ora’s memorial service will be held 6 p.m., Aug. 28, at Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Baltimore, Md.