Kenneth Bernard Payton, III

Sunrise: May 13, 1992

Sunset: March 20, 2024

Kenneth Bernard Payton III, 31, of Suffolk, VA , departed us to be with his parents on March 20, 2024.

Kenny Payton, affectionately known as “KP,” was born in Suffolk, VA in 1992 to Ken Payton, Jr. and Wendy Smith.  

KP attended Kings Fork High school where he graduated in 2010, before studying computer science at Norfolk State University.

As a child, Kenny was joyful and spontaneous. He loved singing R&B music and played little league baseball. His cool and calm demeanor carried him through many obstacles in his life. It was this part of him that made everyone laugh and feel comfortable. He enjoyed reading, good movies, and good food. Kenny will always be remembered for his infectious laughter, as well as his love for the Washington Commanders. We couldn’t have asked for a better brother and will miss Kenny every day. His memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved him.

Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth B. Payton, Jr.; his mother, Wendy Smith; grandparents, Kenneth B. Payton, Sr., Sadie Payton, Herbert Smith, Sr., and Doris Smith. He is survived by his stepmother, Sherri K. Payton; step siblings: Phillip A. Wilson, Janay A. Wilson, and Daniel R. Wilson; aunts: Lisa Pray Watson and La’ura Taylor; his uncles: Daniel Payton, Vincent D. Taylor, and Herbert Smith, Jr., and a litany of cousins and friends.

KP you will always be loved and missed.

Viewing Friday, April 5, 2024 10:00am - 12 Noon Metropolitan Funeral Service 268 Holladay Street Suffolk, Virginia Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, April 5, 2024 12 Noon Metropolitan Funeral Service Suffolk Chapel Interment Carver Memorial Cemetery 2320 East Washington Street Suffolk, Virginia

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    Kirk Wilkerson says

    Praying for your strength in and comfort from the LORD in this difficult time.

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    Terrance & Wonchinna Hinton says

    May Jehovah comfort you in your time of sorrow and grief.

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    Maurice & EuGenie Simmons says

    To: Sherri Payton and Family
    Our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to you and your family.
    We Love You.

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    Cynthia Pankey says

    Praying for you and your family and hoping that in time, peace and
    comfort will heal your heart.

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      Shirley M Oliver says

      May the memory Kenny bring comfort and peace. May you remember his laugh 😅 Today and always. I know his smile will be with you when you think about him.

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      Shirley M Oliver says

      May the memory Kenny bring comfort and peace.

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    Theo (T.J.) Davis says

    To the Payton Family:
    I am a cousin who pastors a church in Kansas City Missouri now. My father was Theodore Davis Sir. I am so so sorry for your loss. My father spoke highly of Kenneth and I can only imagine the deep and sudden grief this has brought on. Although I am unable to fly out to be present on Friday, I will be watching online. Know that I will be praying for the whole Payton Family over the next few months. It is never easy loosing a loved one. But know that Jesus is walking with each of you in the mist of this deep grief. Please let me know if there is any other specific way I can be praying for any of the Payton Family.

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    Franchon Hutchinson says

    Sending prayers of comfort for your loss to the entire family during this time and beyond.

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    Doretha Bates says

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear cousin, Kenneth. There are no words for such an unimaginable loss. Please know that you are in my THOUGHTS, PRAYERS and HEART. My condolences to the entire family.

    May God continue to bless, strengthen and comfort you during this time
    Cousin Doretha (Upper Marlboro, Md)

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    Patricia Davis says

    To all the family members of Kenneth Barnard Payton, III. Our prayers to God the Father are still being said on behalf of you all. We offer our deepest condolences during this difficult time. May the peace and blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you to know Kenneth is with the Lord. We will continue to pray for HIS will, and love to strengthen you all from day to day. I was married to Theodore Donnell Davis, Sr.

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