Timothy LeVon Kuyrkendall

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The world lost an amazing man named Timothy LeVon Kuyrkendall on October 7, 2017 in his wife's loving arms all the way to his final breath. Heaven gained a very special soul who is now busy bringing his magic through his hysterically funny stories and pranks to those who have gone before him. Born in Jackson, Mississippi to Erna Fay White née King and Archie Glenn Kuyrekndall on December 5, 1969, the world became brighter with such a spark of mischief and kindness in Tim, who was talented in making everyone his friend instantly and had the biggest heart to help anyone through his knowledge of everything under the sun and advocacy for social justice. Tim was very proud to be a feminist, because he believed that the world deserved strong women leaders and wanted to create a better world for his daughters to achieve their dreams without any obstacle or barrier. Tim was loved by so many and left everyone bereft of his joie de vivre upon his departure. Tim leaves behind the greatest love of his life, his wife Charlene Ann Rexford Kuyrkendall, with a promise that he will always be with her forever both on earth and in heaven, and their category 5 hurricanes: Izabelia Nadira, Lucrezia Kalilah, and Azriel Zoë, and a son, Ethan Neil Barbin-Kuyrkendall. His legacy lives on in his four children through their same sense of humor and love of life. Tim also leaves behind his mother, Erna Fay White and stepfather, Donovan White, father in law who is also Tim's fishing buddy, Charles Rexford, sisters Keippi Bain and Jennifer Kuyrkendall along with brothers-in-law Pete Bain, Daniel Rexford and Ronald Rexford, sister-in-law Tammy Rexford, nieces Haley Bain Mobley, Paige Axt, Taylor VanGuilder, and nephew Austin Bain, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Tim joins his father, Archie Glenn Kuyrkendall, maternal grandparents, Ralph and Charlene King, paternal grandparents, Archie and Virgie Lee Kuyrkendall, mother-in-law Sharon Rexford, and many friends in Heaven which just became brighter and funnier with his arrival. Tim was a self-taught artist working with stained glass, tiles, wood, fabric and anything he could create with his hands with whatever materials available at hand. He loved to shoot nature with his camera, usually stuffing his pockets with things found on his wanderings. He loved to create funny short videos with his iPhone. His gardening artistry brought beauty through his love for succulents. Tim also gave us love for his cooking that he learned from his grandmother Virgie Lee. He was a dreamer who believed that the world could be made beautiful through art and better through social justice where everyone have equal rights in all matters. Tim was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where he earned a BA in biology and a MA in mental health counseling. He also served as a president of Louisiana Association for the Deaf once upon a time, but as he was a very humble man, he did not want anyone to know that he was the King of American Sign Language, but his mastery of the language was the champ! He taught anyone who didn't know the language at every possible opportunity, and his ASL stories were simply the best. Tim also was an alumni of Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD) and he returned there to become a teacher, a communication specialist, and residential team leader. It was at LSD where he fell in love at first sight with his wife, Charlene. With her and their daughters, Tim moved to San Francisco Bay Area to work as a guidance counselor at California School for the Deaf, eventually becoming a behavioral specialist, continuing his working his magic on students and staff and inspiring people everywhere with his love of life. His family and friends were everything to him, and he always strove to make everything better for them no matter where he went, his smile and laughter infectious. Tim would want everyone to celebrate life and not mourn his leaving because he will be waiting for us all to join him one day, welcoming us with his joy and love. Tim also would want us to continue making the world a better place for everyone through love, kindness, humor, and social justice.Celebration of Tim's life will be held at California School for the Deaf in Fremont on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm, and a memorial service will also be held at Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge on Saturday, November 4, 2017 with visitation with the family beginning at 10:00 am and the service at 11:00 am. A continuation of celebrating Tim's life to be held after the memorial service at a different location to be announced on his Facebook page.
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Istrouma Baptist Church
10500 Sam Rushing Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2017