Kenneth "Big Show" Deese

3 February, 19636 October, 2021

Kenneth Deese, "Big Show" age 58, of Monroe, North Carolina passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 after a brief illness. He was born February 3, 1963 to the late Joe and Virginia Deese.

Kenneth was a lifelong resident of Union County. He was known for his Dirt Track Racing - #3, after his idol Dale Earnhardt Sr. He won 428 races and numerous track championships. Kenneth loved working on cars, building race cars and both dirt and asphalt track racing. He loved people but most of all he loved his family.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Deese; brothers, Lee Deese, Johnny Deese, Stevie Deese, Jimmy Moser; sisters, Lisa Honeycutt and Ann Melton and his very special nephew, Caleb Melton.

A visitation for Kenneth will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe, 204 South Main Street, Monroe, NC 28112. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM at Prospect UMC Church, 6020 Prospect Road, Monroe, NC 28112 immediately followed by burial in the church cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Deese family.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, 9 October , 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Sunday, 10 October , 2021

  • Committal Service

    Sunday, 10 October , 2021


Kenneth "Big Show" Deese

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Ayden Massey

11 October 2021

One of my favorite memory's with Kenneth is we would hang out in the shop and work on his race car and motors and we would go to the races. I liked to hang out with him and Talk on the phone with him he was a really good friend to me and a really good man.

Patricia Prince

9 October 2021

He will never be forgotten. I love you cuz. The Racetrack will never be the same without you I won’t have nobody to try to beat. He was a good old man he always made you laugh I’m gonna miss the birthday wishes that he always gave me every year But he won his final race he race to heaven and he won I love you and I’ll see you one day cuz.

Ryan Moree

8 October 2021

I loved to talk to big show all the time at track I am going to miss watching him race I loved to watch him and talk to him sure going to miss u big show not going to be the same with out u there but go racing in heaven long love #3

John Craig

8 October 2021

I have known Kenneth since we were both kids and his parents would come into my dad’s store at Lake Lee daily and then we went to the same school. I have always admired how he always had a smile on his face and had such a kind soul. He was loved by hundreds of people. You are going to be greatly missed my friend.

Lisa (Neveu) Burgess

8 October 2021

I was a friend of Kenneth’s when I was young, he would always come over to Gary Kelly’s mom’s house and everyone would just sit around and talk and have a good ole’ time. Kenneth has loved racing his whole life, then he was able to live his dream to become a race car driver, he had a big heart and always had a smile on his family, he will definitely be missed!

Bobby Kellam

7 October 2021

Prayers for your friends and family.
God blessed me with your friendship Brother.
Gonna miss those encouraging phone calls every day.
I love ya Big Show.

From the Family
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