Kendall LaMonte Burton was the youngest offspring of Mr. Andrew Burton II, and Mrs. Joan E. Calhoun. He entered this world on December 2, 1975. As a youngster he was a member of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. The activities there kept him busy and he loved being there. He honed his skills in basketball, playing pool, making friends and chasing the girls as young lads do. What a charmer he was. Kendall attended the New York City Public School System and graduated from Adali E. Stevenson High School in Bronx, NY in 1994.
He was an all things sports and the biggest fan. His dedication to follow each team's season after season, from his early years of Chasing ball after ball or round after round never ceased. He enjoyed attending basketball games and wrestling matches.
In the interim he listened to mounds of rap music while he himself had strong aspirations of becoming a rapper. His moniker became K-DOG. Writing was his forte. Kendall was an author of a collection of published poetry. He could have sold some of his rap lyrics.
Kendall was eager to learn or earn his own way in his adulthood. He was gainfully employed at White Castle, Pizza Hut and Sam’s Club. He excelled in his performance of the job's description, in his chosen field of environmental services. Kendall undertook his responsibility seriously, and at all costs even when his physical stamina entered the folds. When his physical health was challenged Kendall had no choice but to undergo dialysis treatments for a few years. That was until his older brother, Richard A. Smith, stepped up and without persuasion or hesitations donated to Kendall a kidney. What a guy! Kendall was so thankful and so blessed.
A couple of years later Kendall joined his mother and his Aunt Velma relocating to North Carolina. He was still determined to work but his physical limitations prevented him. However, it never stopped his searching.
Kendall is preceded in death by his parents Mr. Andrew Burton II, and Mrs. Joan E. Calhoun, sister Donella Jones and brother Andrew Burton III both formally of Columbia, South Carolina.
He leaves to mourn his brother Richard Anthony Smith of Wagram, North Carolina, two sisters Veronica Calhoun-Williams of Warwick, New York and Magdalene Burton of Columbia, South Carolina. Two nieces Kalira K. Bell who was the apple of his existence and Tiajuana Saddler Green, a nephew Kendell McDaniel and a host of other relatives loving and friends.
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