Kenyon Calontre` Tatum

Published 11:26 am Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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Kenyon Calontre’ Tatum died on May 20, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born on March 30, 1995 in Lexington. He attended Davie County Schools and graduated from North Rowan High School in 2014, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He played basketball for two years at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, and an additional year at Guilford College, Greensboro. He was employed by Logans, Statesville. His most cherished gifts were his children whom he loved and devoted his time to their care and well-being.  He was a loving son, dependable brother, devoted father, respectful nephew and grandson and loyal friend.  His quiet, peaceful demeanor made him easy to befriend and love.

Survivors: his parents, Mary Elaine Tatum (Ricky) of Mocksville, and Kenny F. Ijames (September) of Winston-Salem; his children, Adalyn Johnson and Zavion Johnson; 3 brothers, Kendall Tatum, Kenston Tatum, and Kentrell Tatum; 3 sisters, Nikki Shore, Kenyana Tatum, and Nevaeh Ijames; 3 step-sisters, JaMecia Studevent, Tierney Studevent, and Aaliyah Studevent; his maternal grandmother, Ruth Carolyn Tatum (the late Herbert Lester Tatum, grandfather) of Advance; his paternal grandparents, Calvin and Margaret Ijames of Mocksville; 5 aunts; 3 uncles; 14 great-aunts; 5 great-uncles; 2 great-great-aunts; godmother, Sarah Nancy Reid; godbrother, Adam Peoples; 3 nieces, Serenity Corporal, Samara Smith, and Aniya Tatum; 3 nephews, Camron Smith, Elijah Tatum, and Kaleb Tatum; devoted cousins, Christopher White, Shawn White, Cedric White, and Ricky White who were a constant support and source of encouragement; best friends, Dayon Jordan, Rakeem Tillman, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Nate Jones, and best cousin and friend of the family, Michelle White; and a host of relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 26 at Lambert Funeral Home, with Pastor Nettye Barber officiating. The family asks that you be mindful of social distancing and masking if you have not been vaccinated. The family will receive friends and family at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. There will be a live webcast of his service on the Lambert Funeral Home website as well as by visiting