Kenya Alexander McDaniel

July 28, 1973February 12, 2021

Kenya (Ken) Alexander McDaniel, beloved son of Hamp and Marilyn Patterson was born July 28, 1973 in Jacksonville, Illinois. He was raised in Marks, Mississippi until he was six and moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he started public school. He later moved to Arlington, Texas at the age of nine, where he lived until his passing.

Ken accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized at an early age at Unity Baptist Church, Rev. J.E. Cummings, Pastor in Marks. He joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Arlington, TX in 1983 under the leadership of Rev. N. L. Robinson and maintained his membership with the Mt Olive Church family under the leadership of Rev. James P Thompson, Pastor until his death. He attended Arlington public schools where he graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1991 with a merit scholarship to the University of Texas in Austin. Ken graduated from UT-Austin in August 1996 with a degree in Economics. While at UT-Austin, he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. During his freshman year at UT-Austin, Ken was accepted into the Inroads Internship program. His first intern job was with the DFW Airport where he learned valuable managerial skills and developed a love for computer networking. Over a twenty-year career in networking, he used those skills at Dallas County, MicroSoft, Conexis, ZixCorp, and other companies. Ken was employed with American National Bank of Plano. Ken was very knowledgeable and skilled in his profession. He was always willing to share his knowledge and open doors for others. He was generous, fun-loving, thoughtful, and kind. He loved the Lord, his family, friends, golf, and Jamaica. He was an avid supporter of St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, TN. After a year-long courageous and faithful battle with cancer, Ken transitioned to glory to be with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, February 12, 2021. He is preceded in death by his beloved grandparents (CL and Ella McKay; Lucille Patterson), a devoted aunt (Rubye M. James), and a devoted uncle (Conrad L. McKay). Ken leaves to celebrate his life and cherish his memories: His devoted parents, Hamp and Marilyn Patterson; a devoted Uncle Ben E. (Sandra) McKay, Uncle Frederick (Julia) Patterson; devoted aunts Mildred (Sam) Martin, Thelma McKay, Mavis M Randle, and Altha Coleman; a special brother, life-long friend, Thasunda Brown-Duckett, a host of beloved cousins, many family members, and special friends.

The Lord has spoken. Let the church say ‘Amen’.


5 March

Graveside Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Moore Memorial Gardens

1219 North Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76012


Kenya Alexander McDaniel

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