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Joy Rainey King Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Ms. King has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of administration and creative works

    HERRIN, IL, September 12, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Joy Rainey King a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Ms. King celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Ms. King graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1957 and went right to work as a secretary for General Telephone Company in Sumter, SC. During the mid-1960s, she stepped into the medical field working for two different companies as a medical secretary, first for L. H. Brisco, MD, and later for James Ballard, MD, both located in Tupelo, MS. In 1973, she began working for the First National Bank of Southhaven, where she remained until retirement in 1979.

However, Ms. King's most notable accolades come from her creative works, and she was a nominee for a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004, 2008, and 2010. Thanks to a friend of hers from Mongolia who advised her to submit her work, Ms. King is included in a book of poetry alongside famous poets such as Poe, Dickinson, Longfellow, and Frost, which is now used in Mongolian universities to teach American poetry. Ms. King was both elated and honored to be featured in the UB Times, Mongolia's largest newspaper. Additionally, her poem "Our Constitution" was translated into Korean and used to celebrate their constitution.

Ms. King was awarded the International Peace Prize in 2002 from the United Cultural Convention. Recipient names were presented to the United Nations and letters sent to foreign embassies around the world, and she appeared in an article relating to the prize in the newspaper U.S.A. Today. Her biography appears in "Outstanding People of the 20th Century", "International Dictionary of Authors" in Russian, French, Spanish, and German, as well as 20 other Who's Who books. Ms. King's poetry was published in "Best Poems of the 20th Century" from the International Library of Poetry. She received the 1998 International Woman of the Year award from the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England, and won 1999 Author of the Year from an international board of examiners in Italy. Ms. King recorded six song lyrics with Hilltop and Majestic Records. Her poetry has been published in local newspapers and anthologies in China, Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, India, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Finland, and England. Her four collections of poetry were published in Italy, where she won the International Book of Gold Prizes for each. Notably, Ms. King published one book in Mongolia and one in India.

Additionally, Ms. King writes for the Songs of Love Foundation in New York. The foundation organizes volunteer writers to make songs for chronically and terminally ill children hospitalized in the U.S., Canada, and England, with no charge to the families. Ms. King was presented with the International Best Poets Award from the International Translation and Research Center in China, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Poets Academy in China. She was interviewed for the book, "Successful Women Speak Out" and was invited to read her poetry in Nairobi, Kenya, at the 2012 Speak Up Fest. Ms. King received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the World Academy of Arts and Culture in Paris, France. She was named Vice President of the World Congress of Arts, Sciences, and Communications in Cambridge, England. Ms. King was interviewed in June of 2013 with the Harvard members-only club. She received a 2014 Official of Dignity Award from the United Nations, as well as a 2014 Circle of Light Award at a Family Films VIP Breakfast in Hollywood honoring her for her work with the Songs of Love Foundation. Recipients of this award have included Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver, and Leah Spielberg.

Married to Guy Robert King since 1956, Ms. King is the mother of two, and has been included in editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who of American Women for her work.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Joy Rainey King has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at

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