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  • Tyran James Burton Sr

    Tyran James Burton Sr. was born to his loving mother, Sharon Tatum Jackson and loved by his fathers' James Burton and John (Terry) Poke Sr. He received his education in the Kansas City, Kansas area at Chelsea Elementary, West Middles and Wyandotte High Schools 

    He was married to Velma Wilson on May 15, 1993. To this union were six children; Tyran Burton Jr., Monaoe and two step-children, Gregory (PJ) and Andrea (Pooh). For over seven years, Tyran enjoyed being employed at Cross Midwest Tire Company.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thelma Rose Tatum, George H. Tatum, William Poke and Bethan Poke. Brenda Dodd and Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Burton. He leaves to cherish his memory; His wife Velma Burton, six children; Tyran Burton Jr., Tyra Burton, Sara Wreissa Randolph, Tyus Monaoe, Gregory(PJ) and Andrea(Pooh); Five grandchildren, Tryan Burton, Myran Burton, Miliaun Burton, Tybrilblle Sullivan and Brandon Montrial Jr.; ten siblings, Carmelita Tatum, Patricia Burton, Carlotte(Arlie) Lindsay, Kim(Dewayne) Young, Raymond Tatum, John(Jennifer) Poke, William(Kia) Poke, James Andre Burton, James E. Burton, Derrick Burton and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. To all who knew him, knew him to be outgoing and always happy .He was truly loved and will be greatly missed. Special shout out to Tryan, My brother from another mother, your brother, Andre. 

  • James Howard Herriford

    James Howard Herriford was born November 21, 1953 in Booneville, Missouri. He was the fourth born of seven, to the union of Adoloph V. and Helen M. Herriford. He was proceeded in death by both parents and 3 older siblings, Loretta M. Herriford, Clarence (Bubbie) Herriford and Phillip E. Herriford. Several years later, the family relocated to an 88 acre farm in Lone Jack, Missouri. Against all odds, being the first and only African-American family to live in that area. James was the second African-American to ever graduate from Oak Grove High School in 1973. 

    He had a love for basketball and promising career, until a tragic accident during practice severely injuring his forearm and ending his opportunity to play professional basketball. He became a member of the Trinity Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend A.F. Adams, where he was baptized and gave his life to Christ. In the early 1970's, he worked the Stern Slegman and Prins, (Betty Rose Coats and Suits). He was later employed at the Kansas City Water Department on 18th & Prospect. He ran many different types of equipment, trained others on how to operate a back hole. He took an early retirement after 30 years at the age of 49. Some of James hobbies included... fishing, walking and a deep love of "old school" music and dancing. 

    James peacefully departed this life, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at North Kansas City, Hospice House. He was surrounded by his children, family and close friends. He leaves to mourn his wife of 35 years, Christine Herriford; his four children, James Herriford, Jr, (Shelly) of Booneville, MO, Curtis Herriford (Sasha) of Glasgow, MO, Angela Smith (Raymond), Eric Herriford of Kansas City, MO. One brother Dale Herriford and two sisters, MaryAlice Davis (Herbert), and Cynthia Allen (Tim) all of Kansas City. Thirteen grandchildren; James D. Herriford III, Malcom, Rashelle, Devin and Whitney Bush; Curtis Fretwell, Deon Herriford, Isaiah Howell, Dominick Herriford, Breana Herriford, Malaysia Herriford; One great-granddaughter, Makayla Herriford; and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, great neices and a whole army of cousins and other relatives. He also leaves to mourn his special friend Carmen Pizano, her children and grand children, Kayla, Ethen, Rosa, Chris and Kiara.  

  • Frank Ellis Boyette

    Frank Ellis Boyette was born April 9, 1947 in Huttig, Arkansas to Clyde Boyette and the late Dalice Grayes Boyette. He was one of the eight children born in this union. Frank had 3 children; The eldest Bryan "Shed" Boyette, was born to the union of Frank and his first wife, Bernice Jackson. On June 17, 1981 Frank married Sarah (Reed) Boyette. To this union, Fredrick Reed and Sarita Boyette were born. Frank lived a full life. He gave his life to Christ at a yound age, but did not join a church. 

    As a young man Frand was a recognized athlete in Arkansas and was scouted to play professional baseball. After moving to Kansas City, he was a DJ, a member of the Rooster Channel Jumpers, and known as "Frank Nitti" in the CB Club. He became a welder by trade and later retired from Allis-Chalmers. Later in life, Frank was diagnosed with cancer, suffered and fought hard to live up until his final moments of life. He was preceeded in death by his mother and his brother, Clyde Boyette Jr. 

    He leaves to mourn: HIs wife Sarah Boyette of the home, his children: Bryan "Shed" and Chemona Boyette (Arkansas), Fredrick and Brenda Reed (Missouri), and Sarita Boyette (Missouri). His father, Clyde Boyette (Arkansas). His three brothers: Raymond Boyette Govan and Bennie Govan (Arkansas), Gerlyn Boyette and Otis Persley (Lousiana), and Marilyn Boyette (Arkansas). He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren a host of neices, nephews, extended family and friends. 

  • George J. Hamilton

    George J. Hamilton, 40 was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Carrie Lee Cook and George James. He received his education in the Kansas City Missouri School District. He accepted Christ at an early age. George was a mama's boy, he loved to make you laugh and talk crazy to you as well. He was very loving and would give the shirt off his back, He was the handyman of the family and had quite a knack for fixing things. All he wanted was $2 and his favorite drink. With that he would move his families entire house. 

    George loved and cherished his family and would do anything for them. He made sure that his niece, Ama, knew she was his backbone and the rest of his neices were his "ride or die chicks." He had a special relationship with each of his family members. He made sure to mentor the younger men and making sure they knew what to do and what not to do. He drove all of his family crazy at times but they would do anything for him. He was their headache and heartache. He will forever be their Georgie. 

     Preceding him in death were his parents and 1 brother, Rodney J. Perkins. 

    He leaves to cherish his memory 7 children; Dominique Hamilton, Isiah Henderson, George J Hamilton, Jr., Quinshae Hamilton, Donisha Lee, Dayonna West, Savannah Jackson. As well, as 4 brothers; Luther Perkins, Jr., Anthony Hamilton, Orlando Hamilton: 1 sister; Nyrita Coleman and his special aunt; Geraldine Sutherlin. 

  • Dominick Jerome Benson

    Dominick Jerome Benson was born on April 18, 1992 to Tina Davis and Derrick Benson, Jr. Dominick was educated in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. He loved to watch cooking channels in hopes of one day becoming a chef. Dominick had a caring heart and would do anything for anyone. He had the most infectious smile and the deepest dimples. He was a great uncle and he loved his nephews with his whole heart. He departed this life on September 9, 2016 at Research Medical Center with all of his family at his side. Dominick had lots of love from his family, friends and Hope City members whom will miss him deeply. 

    Dominick Benson is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather William Edward Gines II, paternal grandfather Odell Benson and his Aunt Tamara Gines. 

    He leaves to mourn his death, his mother Tina Davis (Zeno) and father Derrick Benson Sr. His maternal grandmother Sarah Davis of Kansas City, MO. His paternal grandmother Mary Fitzpatrick of Independence, MO, and maternal great-grandmother Ida Mae Hughes of Kansas City, MO. Three brothers; Derrick Benson, Jr., Jamaal Benson and Zion Wolfskill. Two sisters; Danielle Benson and Shanika Benson all of Kansas City, MO. Four Aunts; Shona Davis of Houston, TX, Janell Gines, LaSonya Clark both of Kansas City, MO as well as Gale Fitzpatrick of Kansas City, MO. Three Uncles; Eric Davis (Nicole) of Jefferson City, MO, Ronnie Jackson of Kansas City, MO and Erick Clark of Arlington, TX. A host of nieces, nephews, family and friends 

    Servies will be held at Metropolitan MBC 2310 Linwood Blvd KCMO on Saturday September 17, 2016. Visitation from 11-12 and service commences at 12pm. Burial XII Gates Memorial Gardens


    Marvin A. Lewis, Sr. 54, was born December 24, 1961 to the late Ernest Murray and Dorothy M. Lewis in Birmingham, AL. He was the fifth of his seven siblings; Riley Johnson, Jr., Eddie Johnson, Terry Johnson, Veronica “Faye” Lewis (whom preceded him in death), and Derrick “Pooh” Johnson.

    Marvin Sr. moved to Kansas City, MO with his mother in 1970. She later met and married his step-father, Riley Johnson. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1980. There he met Delores Webster. They were united in Holy Matrimony September 2005.

    He started working at Jasper’s Italian Restaurant in 1977 as a dishwasher but quickly moved up to become one of the top chefs in the United States.  He joined United Believers Community Church in February 2011 under the leadership of Darron Lamonte Edwards. He was a devoted member until the Lord called him home on May 16, 2016.

    Our beloved Marvin Sr. was a faithful and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, nephew, and cousin. He was given the nickname “Godfather” and “Dre” by his family and friends.  He was the BEST griller in the world to all of his family and friends.  He was loved so much by many and he will truly be missed, but never forgotten.

    He leaves to cherish his memory:  his wife of 11 years Delores Lewis; four children, Shawntae Baldwin, Keonna Baldwin, Marvin Lewis, Jr., and Delish Lewis; four grandchildren, De’Andrey Gordon, Jr., Keayeja Spriggs, Aniyeja Weathers, and Jerone Weathers, Jr.; four brothers, Riley Johnson, Jr., Terry Johnson, Eddie Johnson (Jennifer), and Derrick Johnson; one sister, Mary Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, step siblings, and friends that he loved dearly.
    Visitation 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., service 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at United Believers Community Church. Burial Forest Hill Cemetery.


    Wilbert DeGeare, 66, passed away peacefully at home on Monday March 21, 2016.  Private memorial services.


    Jose Mendez, 71, of Independence, MO passed away Thursday March 17, 2016.  Final services at graveside, 2:00 P.M. Higginsville Veterans Cemetery, Tuesday, March 29. 


    Valerie Tanner, 58, passed away February 24, 2016 in the comfort of her home in Lansing, KS.  Memorial services will be arranged privately by the family.


    Kelly Peterson, 47, of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully at home Mon. Feb. 15, 2016.  Memorial services Fri. Feb. 26, 2016 at St. James Parrish, KCMO.  Interment Baltimore, MD.  May she rest with the Angels and have peace.

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