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On a very cold day, January 7, 1971, in Chicago, Illinois, the birth of Kenneth Lamont Boyd warmed the hearts of many. His parents Brenda Boyd and Reverend James C. Boyd were overjoyed to nurture and raise their gift from God, giving their son the best life possible.
Kenny was a loving and precocious child. At the age of two he demonstrated a phenomenal memory. He could recognize and name every automobile on the road. No matter what was said or what he was told, he remembered and could recite it effortlessly. He attended Holy Angels Catholic Elementary School in Chicago’s famous Bronzeville neighborhood. During his early years at Holy Angels, Kenny accepted Christ as his personal savior, and in later years, he joined First Unity Missionary Baptist Church pastored by Reverend James C. Boyd, his “Pops.”
As a student at Holy Angels, Kenny excelled in reading and mathematics. While in the second grade, Kenny was administered a standardized test and was found to be reading at the seventh-grade level, amazing all of his teachers. He enjoyed his toys but was surrounded by stacks of books that he loved to read. Also, his artistic talents began to emerge during these early years, and eventually his artwork covered the refrigerator and the walls of his bedroom. As a child, Kenny enjoyed participating in Chicago family gatherings, traveling to Arkansas to visit his family there, playing video games, skateboarding, swimming, playing baseball, playing chess, and watching football. The family was surprised when he asked his Aunt Barbara for Pittsburgh Steelers athletic gear for Christmas. It took several years, but he did become a Chicago Bears fan. Kenny, with his megawatt smile, made friends easily. He loved having fun and especially enjoyed listening and dancing to Chicago house music.
Subsequent to his graduation from Holy Angels, Kenny attended Chicago’s Mount Carmel High School, and during those years, he became interested in computers. He attended computer summer camps at Chicago State University to enhance his programming skills. After his graduation from Mount Carmel in 1988, Kenny ventured south to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While studying there, Kenny became an entrepreneur. He cut his classmates’ hair, and he hand-painted beautiful and intricate designs on jeans and athletic shoes. As word about his talents spread, of course, he did what any good entrepreneur would do; he raised his prices. After matriculating at Southern University for a year, he returned to Chicago and joined the United States Navy.
During his lifetime, Kenny held jobs at Chicago Title and Trust, Chicago Post Office, Scottie Pippen Dodge Dealership, Riceland Foods, and Lennox Heating and Air Conditioning. He, however, was at his best using his talents in a self- employment capacity.
In 2000, Kenny relocated to Humphrey, Arkansas. There, he enjoyed the many scheduled and impromptu family gatherings with a multitude of cousins, aunts, uncles, his sister and his nephew. While living in Arkansas, Kenny discovered and developed more skills. He could fix just about anything. Others learned quickly that he could build, assemble, install, connect, disconnect, repair, and renovate. He soon established a business that allowed him to use these gifts to help others.
On December 26, 2023, Kenneth Lamont Boyd transitioned peacefully into eternal life to join his mother, Brenda Boyd and other ancestors. He leaves many loved ones to cherish his life and memory: his devoted children, daughter Aja (Jose’) Desiderio and son Kenneth Horace-James (Linda) Boyd; his four beautiful grandchildren, Jayla, Cristian, Kendra and Keeva; his dedicated father, Reverend James C. (Margaret) Boyd; his adoring sister, Angela Silverman; his nephew, Charles Banks, Jr.; his great-nephew, Avery Banks; his brother, Elliot Denard; his loving partner, Ms. Michal Johnson; his nurturing aunt, Dr. Barbara Henley; his sister-cousin, Cynthia (Lawrence) McCoy; his lifelong friend, David (Timberly) Price; his children-in-love, Nicole, Kameron and Paisley; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and friends. Kenny’s fun-loving, energetic, artistic, and inquisitive spirit will be missed greatly.