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Kenneth Morgan Stewart, of Chicago Illinois, was born February 16, 1955. Kenneth was affectionately known as “Ken or Kenny.” On Monday, January 1, 2024, Kenny entered a peaceful sleep and rested in the arms of his Lord, Jesus. He was born in Clinton, Mississippi. He was the second child born to Robert Lee and Hattie Mae Stewart, both of whom preceded him in death.
Kenneth was an avid learner and a hard worker. He attended school at Chicago Vocational Career Academy on the south side of Chicago. In 1973, he graduated from CVS with a vocational degree in Auto Mechanics. Kenny’s passion for knowledge began at an early age. His first job “that took taxes out my check (he would jokingly say)” was at the Kimbark Library; that is where he found his love of reading and education. As an adult, he challenged himself by returning to college and achieving his associate degree in early childhood development from Harold Washington College. He had a passion for teaching children & dedicated his life to learning and education. He shared his passion for learning and its importance with his children and grandchildren, creating a legacy of achieving educational greatness.
Kenny turned his life over to Jesus and joined his beloved Calvary Baptist Church, where he was a loyal, faithful, and dedicated member. Kenny was a member of the Men’s choir as well as an active member of his men’s bible study group, always seeking to have a better understanding of the lessons being taught and how it applied to everyday life.
On Sundays’, you could find him at Calvary or studying his bible & after church, he would watch either the Cubs or the “Sorry Bears” (as he called them), but all the while, he never gave up on either of his sports teams! He was a true Chicagoan! He always kept up with the political news or what was happening in the world. He loved listening to music, particularly V103 on Sundays with Herb Kent or “old school R & B and Steppers music. He was a great stepper, too!
Kenny will always be remembered for his great sense of fashion and style and for always wearing the best-smelling cologne ever! along with his abundance of clothes and shoes. He was always groomed nicely and had a polished demeanor, even when being “casual.” He was very particular about how he liked things and where things went, so much so that nobody wanted to “touch Kenny’s stuff” because he KNEW where he had things and how he left them!
Kenny is survived by his daughters, Shonita Torry and Stephanie (Ronald, Jr.) Sorsby; his grandchildren Cedric Torry II (29); Nia Torry (26); Rylee Sorsby (9); Ryland Sorsby (6); River Sorsby (3) His two great-grandsons, Jamarrion King-Torry (12) and Kaiden Torry (10). He is also survived by his siblings, Robert Earl Stewart, Sarah Stewart, Demetrius Stewart, Lavander (Belinda) Stewart, Tressey (Erik) King and the late Gregory Stewart. As well as several nephews, nieces, godbrothers & sisters, and a host of family, friends & special friends.
My Grandaddy, was the best man I ever knew. He…truly was the impetus of black excellence to me. He made me look at work in a way I never really looked at it before, especially as I got older. He taught me about life, and was a huge part of the person I am today. Grandaddy always used to tell me, just calm down, take a breath, relax, especially in moments of grave distress. He was everything I needed wrapped in one person. I don’t know anyone that put an emphasis on everything. But I appreciated that fact. He taught me structure, taught me how to be the best version of myself unapologetically. For that, Kenny (he’d kill me call him that) was the best man “I” knew. He played more than a grandfather role for me, he played a role as a male role model, someone I was supposed to be looking for, and even though I don’t date men…I know that if I did…I’d be looking for someone like him. He had his flaws, but my granddaddy will ALWAYS be my Grandaddy. I will always love you, for who you were, are, and always will be. ~ I Love you, your granddaughter, Nia
Grandad, My Often Stern yet Gentle Grandad I’ll miss you so much . You have been there for me for days where I needed a man in my corner. You have provided me with countless talks and praises. At times I disappointed you, but you always reminded me on how well I could do if I just “SLOW DOWN AND TAKE MY TIME” ! Don’t rush my grandad always told me. Don’t go through unnecessary things when you don’t have to , “think” ! . *smiling* . My grandad was always a person of caution first never diving head first into something without doing the legwork , strong independent man who seldomly asked for help. My grandad was a proud black man who always did the best he can to help when he can . You may have to hear his words on some things but it’s because he was strong minded enough to tell you how he felt at all times. I will miss you so much grandad you’ll will always be apart of me. ~ I love you, your grandson, Cedric
Dear Grandpa Kenny,
You are one of the best grandpa's I have. So many memories of us together. You taught me that "the kindness you put into the world always has a way of coming back to you". I will never forget that. I will never forget you loved me so much. The older I get I will never forget you. The times we went out to lunch I will never forget. When you came to my preschool graduation and we took pictures together I will never forget. It's hard that you are not here anymore. I know you will always be with me through my highs and lows. It's sad to see you go. I know that you are always looking over me. This is my last goodbye. I will always love you. -Rylee
P.S I just want everyone to know Grandpa Kenny was such a kind and warm hearted person. He taught me many life lessons. He also was a great dresser.