Keenan LaVare Pettis

Keenan LaVare Pettis

On October 2, 1990 in Muskogee, OK, a jovial baby boy was born to DaChaunda Pettis and Kenneth Clarke they named him Keenan LaVare Pettis. As a youth, Keenan was raised in Muskogee, OK. He attended Muskogee Public Schools until he was 12 years of age before moving to Tulsa, OK. Upon moving, he attended Carver Middle School and graduated from Will Rogers High School with the class of 2009. At the time of his death, Keenan was employed as a supervisor at Tulsa Recycle & Transfer Inc. While in Muskogee, Keenan attended Macedonia Baptist Church where he was baptized under the leadership of Pastor Larry Smith. This was the beginning of his knowledge of Christ. In Tulsa, he united with Greenwood Christian Center, (now Transformation Church – Greenwood), under the direction of Bishop Gary McIntosh and Youth Director Pastor Mike Hill. It was under this biblical foundation that Keenan came into the fullness of his relationship with Christ. Keenan was an exceptional young man. He hardly ever met a stranger. With his magnetic smile and personality, those who met him were drawn to him instantaneously. Always the life of the party, Keenan was forever the jokester. Always making you laugh with his quick wit and contagious sense of humor, he loved life and lived his life as though each day could be his last. A reminder to each of us that we too, should do the same. Although a jokester, Keenan had a serious side as well, especially when it pertained to his children and family. He loved his children with all his heart and showed it affectionately each time he held them and looked at them. He often stated, “I may not be able to give them everything, but I make sure that I give them me.” His love for them is never-ending. He also held his family near and dear to his heart. His mother, DaChaunda, whom he loved beyond words, was the apple of his eye. He admired and respected her for her love, albeit at times, tough, he knew it was for his good. He appreciated her never giving up on him when he was being “Keenan” and he depended on and needed her courage at times to guide him through. Her relentless devotion to him and his big brother made him proud. He saw her tenacity and many accomplishments while carving out a better life for he and his brother when it was just the three of them, he knew that her sacrifices where for their betterment. His big brother Mauri, always had a protective spirit when it came to Keenan. The two shared a bond that not even death can break. Keenan’s love for his brother transcended all barriers. They were more than just brothers. They were best friends. They shared love, admiration, good and bad times, and a mutual respect for one another. They stuck by each other through life changing experiences and held secrets that only brothers can share. Keenan was proud of his brother. Sidney Pete was the man who helped mold Keenan into an exceptional young man. He set the example of what it means to truly love unconditional. Sidney took the reigns as his father and planted the seeds of manhood, responsibility and strong family values. Along with his sisters, Marissa and India, God could not have placed a better blended family together. Keenan was spoiled and loved by his grandmother Veronica Stanford- Miles, whom she affectionately called “Stynk”. He always knew that if he stopped by, he was guaranteed a hot meal. He loved her tremendously. His special great-aunt, Lisa Dedmon, played a major role in his formative years. From the day he was born, she called him “Keena- Weena” and as a grown man, he still allowed her to do so. Keenan spent most of his childhood hanging out with his “Naynee” as he called her, along with his cousins Braylon, and Braycia Dedmon. The dynamic foursome (Braylon, Braycia, Keenan & Mauri) created mischief, safari’s, arguments, and memories that will live on forever. Whenever the four got together; side-splitting laughter filled the air. He is proceeded in death by his maternal grandfather Albert M. Pettis Jr.; his aunt Jonica Washington; his great-aunt Tenita Dedmon-Betts (who was pivotal in his upbringing), and great-uncle Keith L. Dedmon. Keenan leaves behind to cherish his legacy, his parents: Sidney and DaChaunda Pete of Tulsa; his brothers, Mauri Pettis (Oklahoma City), Kendrick Mayfield, Kendall Clarke, and Kenneth Clarke Jr ; his sisters, Marissa James, India Noriah, Georgia Clarke and Tekila Syrus; his children, Kassidee, Kha’Mauri, Kayden, Harmony, Sedale , Keenan Jr, and Braylon (his stepson whom he loved as his own), grandparents, John & Veronica Miles, Irene Pete, and Freddy and Renee Hill; his uncles, Bryan Pettis Stanford, Jo’Ron Washington, and Reginald Pettis; Kent Harris and Tyrone Pete. His aunts: Janetha Pettis, Leela Hill, Valarie Pete, Sandra Ruffin, and Angela Pete. Two great Uncles, Rudolph Dedmon Jr., Donald Stanford, and host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
October 2, 1990 - November 1, 201510/02/199011/01/2015
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On October 2, 1990 in Muskogee, OK, a jovial baby boy was born to DaChaunda Pettis and Kenneth Clarke they named him Keenan LaVare Pettis. As a youth, Keenan was raised in Muskogee, OK. He attended Muskogee Public Schools until he was 12 years of age before moving to Tulsa, OK. Upon moving, he attended Carver Middle School and graduated from Will Rogers High School with the class of 2009. At the time of his death, Keenan was employed as a supervisor at Tulsa Recycle & Transfer Inc.While in ...

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