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Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park

2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, NC

OBITUARY

Kpoto Okon Isangedighi

February 27, 1948February 8, 2020

Kpoto “KO” Okon Isangedighi transitioned into eternity surrounded by his children on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in Gastonia, NC.

KO was born to Nkoyo Offong and Okon Isangedighi in Oron, Nigeria. In his youth, KO was a leader, scholar and athlete. He was the school prefect at Akai Owu Methodist school, sang baritone in the local choir and exceled in soccer, long and high jump. He became the school captain in his final year in Methodist Boys’ High School. He was a captain like no other; well-liked and respected by both staff and students. He was simply known by 2 letters, KO. The name KO became synonymous with long distance running, leaving his competition in the dust.

KO immigrated to the United States on June 26, 1976 to attend North Carolina A & T State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he worked as an engineer for Siemens, General Electric and ultimately retired from Tyco Electronics. As an industrious man of influence, KO refused to allow retirement to slow him down. Instead, he started a medical supply company and dedicated himself to helping others live a healthy life. KO was easy-going and a joy to be around. He was well-respected and liked by his community. To know him is to know his infectious warm smile.

KO married Vicki Denise Wright on February 13, 1982. Together, they raised their two daughters, Ini Niekung and Eka Dorothy. KO was a devoted father that consistently put time in educating and providing for his children. KO was immeasurably proud of his children. His intellect and kind-heartedness was so contagious that many other children fondly referred to KO as Pop.

KO was preceded in death by his parents, Nkoyo and Okon Isangedighi.

KO leaves as his legacy, his children Ini Niekung Kpoto Isangedighi (Demond) and Eka Dorothy Kpoto Isangedighi (Jurica). He also leaves to cherish his memory, his brothers, Effiong Isangedighi and Offong Isangedighi as well as neices and nephews.

Services

21 February

Wake

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Carothers Funeral Home

2205 Williamsburg Drive
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054

22 February

Receiving of Guests

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Carothers Funeral Home

2205 Williamsburg Drive
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054

22 February

Life Well Celebrated Ceremony

12:00 pm

Carothers Funeral Home Chapel

2205 Williamsburg Drive
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054

Memories

Kpoto Okon Isangedighi

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Dana Wicker McCray

February 15, 2020

Your Father was such a loving and joyous man! I loved seeing him and joking with him. I'd always try to get him to dance with me and he'd joke and do the bump with me. He was sooo much fun. While my Mother was ill, he would suggest different things for me to try for her healing and ask about her continuously. He was truly a blessing in so many ways. His spirit will live on forever!!

Vernell Mitchell

February 15, 2020

“Pops” was always the first person you saw when you came to dance class! He always had a smile and a welcome for you and ALWAYS said “So glad to see you, Vernell”! Rest in the most Peace!

Katherine (Kate) Ntekim

February 15, 2020

Uncle KO was introduced to me in Lagos, on his way to the US by my parents. The stories I was told made me think of him as the giant of the tracks. The memories of the days in Lagos is indelibly edged in my mind... many wonderful memories I dare say
Since our encounter in the US, he remained the same gentle giant I knew, never failed .
Uncle KO, God has seen it fit to call you home ( we think it’s too early but God knows best). We are a better people for knowing you .
The God who gave our uncle two beautiful daughters will not leave them without a comforter. He will support you both and the Oro community, provide you the fortitude and consolation to bear uncle’s absence until we unite someday.
Uncle KO please RIPP

Jennifer Carter-Garrett

February 14, 2020

I referred to KO as Dad because all my children called him Dad (son, daughter in law, and grandchildren) and he called me ma'am, lol. Dad was a wonderful person, a humble man, very kind, self sacrificing, grateful and proud. To have a conversation with him was a pleasant experience, he was extremly intelligent. I will forever be gratefull for the times he spent tutoring our grandaughters in mathematics, he so enjoyed that! I can see him sitting at his computer, hear him laughing and of course see that rediant smile. It was a pleasure and an honor to have known him, I'll see him in paradise Luke 23:43.

Franki Morgan

February 14, 2020

Ini, Steve and I were so very sorry to hear of KO's passing but we also have some wonderful memories. He was very good to both of us and will truly be missed. Remember all the good times, there were plenty of them and know he was loved.

Madaline McDougal

February 14, 2020

My fondest memory of Kpoto was many years ago when he and Vicki came to my grandmother’s home. We all ate dinner together and Kpoto grunted the entire time while eating his dinner , we didn’t know what in the world was going on , then my cousin Vicki said that meant that the food was real good to him. My grandmother was very excited to hear that . We laughed about that for years, we honestly thought something was wrong with him lol 😂 . He will truly be missed !!!

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