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Karen Register Lucas, 70, a resident of Salisbury, passed away on March 24, 2021. Daughter of the late Nina Grace & Fred Monroe (F.M.) Register, she grew up in Kinston, North Carolina and graduated from Grainger High School. A lifelong learner with an insatiable curiosity, Karen was a full-scholarship graduate of East Carolina University. She held a Bachelor’s degree in Music from East Carolina and Master’s degrees in Christian Education and Theological Studies from Pfeiffer University and from Hood Theological Seminary, respectively.
Karen and her husband of nearly 45 years, James Carlton Lucas, are lifelong Christians who met at the First Freewill Baptist Church of Kinston during their grade school years where Karen was often seen sitting on the organ bench beside her mother who served as long-time music minister of the Kinston church. Following closely in her mom’s footsteps, Karen also served in music ministry at nearly every church she attended throughout her adult life – filling countless church services with her musical gifts on both piano and organ.
The devoted wife of a pastor, Karen served alongside her husband Carlton for many years as he pastored United Methodist churches in the Davidson County area and in Gold Hill. She later joined the faculty at Hood Theological Seminary thereby beginning a teaching career which ultimately brought them to their life in Salisbury. Initially, Karen taught a great many of the musical courses at Hood. But after enrolling as a student in New Testament Greek, she found that she also “had a liking for that subject” and began teaching New Testament Greek courses as well.
Music always played an important role in Karen’s life. Since moving to Salisbury, she served in music ministry as the church pianist & organist for Grace Lutheran Church. In her early adult life, she also taught piano lessons in her Kinston home, passing her many musical talents along to the next generation of young pianists. To know her was to also know the sound of her beautiful music filling the walls of the local church.
Karen had a quick wit, a beautiful smile, loved to laugh, and possessed an insatiable appetite for knowledge. She is survived by her loving husband, James Carlton Lucas, also of Kinston, NC. She is also survived by her younger brother, James (Jim) Register and his wife Nila, of Kinston, NC; her canine companion named Paisley; and her sister-in-law Patsy Lucas Exum of Georgetown, TX and 3 nieces, 3 great nephews, and 1 great niece who all reside in Texas.
A memorial service in celebration of Karen’s life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 1:30 pm.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury is assisting the Lucas family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com