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Full Text of HR0137  103rd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Kenyetta
4Javon "Ken" Barlow Sr., who passed away on March 5, 2023; and
5    WHEREAS, Ken Barlow was born in Melrose Park to Richard
6and Patricia Barlow on August 31, 1977; he grew up in Bellwood
7and attended St. Domitilla Grammar School; he had a special
8love for football that began at the age of two, and he started
9playing for the Memorial Park Spartans at the age of seven; he
10received football scholarships to St. Joseph High School and
11Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and
12    WHEREAS, Ken Barlow had a passion for motorcycles, old
13school cars, and trucks; he decided to pursue his childhood
14dream of becoming a truck driver; he received his CDL from the
15JB Hunt Truck Driving School and opened KB Trucking and K3R
16Trucking; he also partnered in several businesses, including
17Big Shot Vape and Tobacco in Hillside; and
18    WHEREAS, Ken Barlow's love for football continued
19throughout his life; he served as a coach for the Memorial Park
20Spartans and the Hillside Hurricanes and was most proud of
21being able to coach all three of his sons; and



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1    WHEREAS, Ken Barlow lived his life unapologetically and
2never met a stranger; he had a smile that would light up a room
3and was generally the life of the party; he was loving,
4devoted, and strong, and he was a traveler and a protector; he
5was very intelligent and was affectionately know as "The Great
6Debater"; and
7    WHEREAS, Ken Barlow had a genuine love for his family and
8friends; he had an unwavering connection with his parents and
9was a wonderful father; and
10    WHEREAS, Ken Barlow was baptized at St. Simeon Catholic
11Church and later became a member of Monroe Baptist Church; and
12    WHEREAS, Ken Barlow was preceded in death by his father,
13Richard Barlow; his grandmothers, Carlee Jones and Margaret
14Barlow; his grandfathers, Roosevelt Jones and Cologne Barlow;
15his aunt and godmother, Cercelia Jones; his aunt, Delores
16Liggins; his uncles, Larry Barlow, Larry Jones, Lionel Jones,
17Larry Pennington, LC Barlow, and CL Barlow; his great-aunts,
18Nancy Payne and Eliza Strickland; his great-uncle, William
19"Bill" Payne; his cousins, Rashawn Jones, Michael Moore, and
20Quinton Moore; his godfather, William Davis; and his
21godbrother, John Belcher; and
22    WHEREAS, Ken Barlow is survived by his mother, Patricia



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1Barlow; his sister, LaVenta Barlow; his sons, Gabriel,
2Kenyetta Jr., and Kenyetta III "Tre"; his bonus children,
3Aagiyah, Bernard "BJ", Malik, Alarie, Amiya, and Kai; his
4special nephew, Johntrell Jones; his uncle, Roosevelt (Felita)
5Jones; his aunts, Mary Barlow, Cherie Pennington, Debra Jones,
6and Joyce Moore; his great-aunt, Spicie Belk; his
7cousin/sister, Rhonda Horton; his special cousins, Sabrian
8"Boo" Sledge, Tilisha "TeTe" Harrison, and Essie Searcy; his
9lifelong friends, Donald Davis, George Williams, Eric Reeves,
10and Jesse Spears; and numerous cousins, other relatives, and
11friends; therefore, be it
14we mourn the passing of Kenyetta Javon "Ken" Barlow Sr. and
15extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all
16who knew and loved him; and be it further
17    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
18presented to the family of Ken Barlow as an expression of our
19deepest sympathy.