Meyer King Lehmann (Mikey) passed into eternity at 5:40 p.m. April 20th, 2021 in his hometown of Morgan City, LA. He was 73 years old.
King was born to Emile Jacques and Lela King Lehmann on December 16th, 1947. He was an only child. He attended Morgan City Elementary and Morgan City High School, graduating in 1965. He graduated from Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, in 1970 with a degree in Music, then attended Memphis State University, now University of Memphis, for graduate studies in Education.
He married Margaret “Peggy” Mitchell (Breland) in 1972 and returned to Morgan City. King and Peggy welcomed their first-born child, Drew Christopher Lehmann on December 31st, 1974. They welcomed their second child, Noelle Lorraine Lehmann (Slater) on January 22nd, 1979. The family resided at the corner of 1st Street and St. Clair Street in Morgan City until 1981 when they moved just North of Covington, LA.
While in Morgan City, King was a well-known math and science teacher and received the Louisiana Science Teacher of the Year award in 1974, as well as being named to the Outstanding Secondary Educators of America Society. In 1974, King was asked to help create and lead the first college preparatory school in Morgan City, The Inglewood School, after being an instructor at Morgan City High School for two years. Upon relocating to Covington, LA, he continued his education career for several years.
King was an extremely well-respected musician and theatre director along with his then wife Peggy. The pair began their musical career as the house band at The Petroleum Club, under the name “Peggy & King.” In 1976, they created Trumpets and Starlight, a band which performed for events such as Mardi Gras balls, wedding receptions, The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and prestigious private gatherings for Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. Additionally, King held the Director position of the musical theatre group, The Domino Players, founded by Frank and Maxine Domino. King’s son, Drew Lehmann, made several appearances on the stage of the Morgan City Auditorium as a young member of the theatre group. In the late 1980s, King was also known for his musical theatre direction of The Children’s Theater where his daughter, Noelle Lehmann (Slater) made her musical theatre debut. When King wasn’t teaching or directing others, he enjoyed playing trumpet, trombone, guitar, saxophone, clarinet and piano, evidence of his tremendous musical talent. A lifelong friend, Jack Rankin of Morgan City, has fond memories of the pair playing music together as early as 8th grade and beyond. The family thanks Jack for his unconditional dedication and friendship to King.
In 1985 King returned to Morgan City to live with his mother, Lela King Lehmann, who had become wheelchair bound at that time. In these years, King would often be found tinkering around with computers and scientific experiments at the family home located at 501 Railroad Avenue. His love for all things involving electronics and science was evident upon entry to the home where anything from robots to electricity conductors to early homemade computers could be found.
King would eventually move to Morgan City Healthcare (Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center) for his remaining years. He was loved by so many there and enjoyed finding odd jobs to do around the facility. He was known for taking photographs of the residents on special occasions and creating PowerPoint presentations to honor them. He would fix TVs when they broke, take the trash out when needed and definitely kept all the nurses wrapped around his finger with his snack requests. The family is especially grateful for Jeremy Ryman, Jamika Stevenson and Donna Resignola for their assistance, care and love over the years.
King is preceded in death by his parents, Emile and Lela King Lehmann. He leaves behind his children Drew Lehmann (Kimberly) of Mission Viejo, CA, Noelle Slater (Kyle) of Fort Worth, TX, and 5 grandchildren, Audrey, Abby, Katie, Daphne and Griffin. Additionally, he leaves behind his first cousins, Jackie Price (Frank) of Morgan City, LA, Ed Leonard (Bonnie) of Morgan City, LA along with cousins Deborah Price, Leonard Price, Becky Leonard Breaux, Chris Leonard and Susan Leonard Giardina, along with their families.
The family would like to extend deepest gratitude to Crecie Olivier of Patterson, LA who is considered family and spent many years caring for multiple generations of the Lehmann family, from Lela (Baba) to King (Dad) to Drew and Noelle.
There will be a graveside service Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Morgan City Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Twin City Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to ACTION Youth and Community Resources (formally P.R.I.D.E.), a Louisiana non-profit organization committed to creating a safe and substance-free environment for junior and high school students where they can learn and grow into positive future leaders. Both Drew and Noelle, King’s children, were charter members of this organization in the 1990s and feel strongly about the impact it made on their lives.