Kenneth Evanda Slater was born September 5, 1971 in Canton, Ohio, the only child of Debbie Slater. Kenny was baptized at the age of 13 at Deliverance Christian Church, under the pastorate of Rev. Warren P. Chavers.
Kenny graduated from Jackson High School in 1989, where he excelled in many sports including wrestling, baseball, and football. After high school he furthered his education at Stark State Community College and then went on to serve eight years in the United Sates Marine Corp, ranking as Lance Corporal . He served in Bosnia as well as Somalia and during his service he was awarded numerous decorations, medals, badges, citations, and campaign ribbons.
After being honorably discharged from his service, Kenny returned to Canton, Ohio and in September 2000 he married Melody Dixon and together they welcomed two beautiful daughters, Mykel and Imani. He then lived in Columbus, Ohio for 19 years before relocating to North Carolina. For the past five years he was a Direct Support Professional in Behavioral Health at North Carolina Outreach in Marion, North Carolina. While in North Carolina his passion for sports continued as he went on to coach basketball and softball.
Kenny had a big spirit and was full of life. He always knew how to put a smile on your face and even when you were down he knew how to pick you up with one of his silly jokes. Whether you knew him as Kenny, Stacy, Swoop, Taz, or Slater– everyone that knew him considered him the life of the party and a good friend. Everyone could say he had a heart of gold. He was the biggest fan of the Michigan Wolverines and the Chicago Bears. His favorite saying was “stay in your lane”. He adored and constantly bragged about his wonderful daughters, always reminding people how beautiful they are as he showed them off. Everyone knew Kenny was a “Momma’s Boy” and made sure to facetime her every day.
Preceded in death by his father, Tyrone Marshall, Sr. ; grandparents, Leroy and Ruth Slater, Barbara Marshall and James “Bud” Williams; uncles, Glenn Horn, Gary and Gerald Marshall; and sister, TPreen Horn.
Kenny leaves to cherish his memory, the mother of his children, Melody Dixon-Slater; children, Mykel and Imani Slater; his mother, Debbie Slater; significant other, Kerri Cane-Rogan and her children, Kyra White, Garrison and Peyton Rogan; brothers, Stephen (Shonna) Horn, Sr. , Tyrone Marshall, Jr., and Wayne Longstreet; sisters, Tiffany Horn, Kayshauna (Chris) Haskins, Tyronea Marshall, Korida Broyles, Davina McKissack, and Felounese Horn; aunts, Carolyn (Lloyd) Earl and Peggy (Larry) Wade; nieces, Kayla and Shayalay Horn; nephews, Stephen Horn, Jr., Randy Hayes, Jr, Isaiah and Malachi Horn; special cousin, Charles Covington; godfather, R.C. Hill; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and close friends.
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