Major Kemp Sr., age 80, courageously surrendered his life to the Lord on December 22nd , 2020 at his home in Batavia, New York. Major was born on February 5th, 1940 in Greenville, Alabama to the late Mr. and Mrs. Hillary and Catherine (Steel) Kemp.
Major was committed to his work, living life & family. He was a dedicated brother, uncle, lover, father, grandfather & great grandfather. He served his country as a member of the United States Army in 1957. Major will be forever missed. He leaves the following family behind to cherish his wonderful memories:
Girlfriend - Brenda Terry
Children - *Stephon “Bud” (LaDel) Cook – Whitney (Joel) Grace, Stephon Jr.(Kiesha) Cook, Aundrea, Xavier and great granddaughters Jordyn, Jaida and Mckinnely. *Ronnie (Cecelia) Moore - LaTonnia and great granddaughter Aliyah Rose. *Gwendolyn. *Todd (Linda) Kemp - Craig, Micah, Trey, Maddy, Yvonne. *Heather Kemp – Devin, great granddaughters Serenity and Carson. *Brian (Beth) Kemp – Parker, Talidy, Myloh, & Aslan. *Danny (Chris) Kemp – Teiona, Alyssa, Eli & Eva. *Katie (Joe) Smith – Tezni, Antwain, Kwame, Joma, Nunu, great grandson Dre’dyn and great granddaughter Zariella. *Major Jr. (Kari) Kemp– Cody, Makenzie (Ryan) King, Kaelin, Major “Malik” the 3rd & Ty Kristopher.
Siblings – Willie “Jay” (Michelle) Kemp– Brandy (Damian) Jefferson and 4 children. Sabrina (Tino) Taylor and 3 children, Andrea (Carlos) Brown and 3 children, Krystal Kemp and 3 children. Ricky Kemp. Pre-deceased by Brothers Robert Kemp, Willie “James” Kemp, William “Earl” Kemp and Sister Leola Kemp.
Best Friend – Marge Behl and many, many other friends and acquaintances.
Major was a friend, motivator & mentor, always willing to help those in need. A fair and honest man that had a teachable moment in every life learned story that he told. An amazing man - truly a jack of all trades. Even in the end, he showed us his strength & determination to make it home to be with his family. He had been there for us all our lives and we were there for him. Now, his work here is done. He received his call, an offer he couldn't refuse. A reunion with family & friends he hasn't seen in a long time.
Don't grieve for me, now I'm free.
Following the path God laid for me.
Taking his hand, when I heard him call,
Turning my back & leaving it all.
Visitation will be held on Monday form 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial, with military honors, will be held at Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Donald R. Carroll Toys for Kids Fund, 37 Center Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Major's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.
*Due to the ongoing pandemic, funeral home capacity is limited to 25 people. Social distancing and facial coverings are required. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation*