Family and friends gathered to pay their last respects to Tameka Raymond’s son Kile Glover this morning in Atlanta.
Service arrangements were handled by Phaedra Parks, who coordinated the event with Watkins Funeral Home at the Wieuca Road Baptist Church. It was important for my son, daughter and I to attend because they were school mates with Kile and attended summer camp together.
In a sanctuary full of family, friends and classmates, Kile was handsomely dressed in a white casual suit, black glasses and fresh high-top mix-matched sneakers.
The service began with Dr. Gregory Pollard officiating. He reminded everyone, “Regardless of why we’re here, God is still good and He’s worthy to be praised!” Those simple yet true words seemed to have lifted the spirit of the audience as they rose to their feet with worship and praise.
Isreal Houghton beautifully sang a melody of two selections, “I Live To Worship You” and “Worthy Is The Lamb.”
Apostle Jamie Pleasant shared beautiful remarks about seeing Kile at church every Sunday. “I remember seeing Kile say the prayer of salvation. I know he believed it in his heart. Kile’s in heaven with Christ, but do you know Christ for yourself?”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spoke emotionally about the 11-year-old, who passed away after suffering from injuries sustained from a jet ski accident on July 6. The Mayor said Kile was like his nephew. Kile’s dad Ryan Glover and Mayor Reed attended Howard University together. He said he’s known Kile since he was infant. The Mayor shared fond memories of Kile dancing at his dad’s wedding in Jamaica and jokingly said, “He was always on his Mac everytime I came over.”
The cover of the program was colorfully decorated with Kile’s artwork. Inside the program, the family shared lots pics from birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, ski trips, school plays, honor roll photos, family pics with Usher and even photos with Justin Beiber and First Lady Michelle Obama.
They also shared a postcard Kile sent from his iPhone just before the accident. He wrote: “Hello from paradise, wishing you were here. Our vacation is everything we have hoped for and more. We’re also excited to come home to family and friends.”
In an excerpt from the program Tameka wrote, “Kile was my best friend, cell phone photographer, resident “Geek Squad”, road dog, and all time favorite eleven year old in the world. I will always love you…Mommy.”
Ryan wrote, “To my beloved, kind and gifted son, Kile Ishmael Glover. You will be missed but I’m certain that you’re at peace and happy resting. Until we meet again…love Dad.
The family played a video of Kile titled, “A Beautiful Mind.” It showcased Kile dancing, cooking, having fun and enjoying good times with his family.
Tameka was very brave throughout the service. She looked amazing in a long-sleeve, floor length, black wrap-dress. After thanking everyone for their condolences, she announced last night on Twitter that her son’s memory will live on through the Kile Glover Fund.
“I appreciate the hundreds, perhaps thousands of prayers. I’m so grateful to you guys. Kile was the most fun, creative, sweet, respectful boy. Many have asked where to send flowers, but in Lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a contribution to the Kile Glover Fund @ Bank of America.”
She added, “Our goal is to increase water safety-thru implementing laws, policies & education. Kile’s passing will not be in vain, we will see to this.”
Anyone interested in donating to the Kile Glover Fund, can submit payments via PayPal e-mail to TheKileGloverFund@gmail.com. Donations can also been sent directly to account # 3340 3823 9828 at the Bank of America.
The service ended outside the church. Attendees watched attentively as a trumpet player in a black tux serenaded Kile while being pulled away in a carriage by two white horses.