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Kenneth "Kenny" Shawn Rooker

November 3, 1979 — May 9, 2020

Kenneth (Kenny) Shawn Rooker was born November 3, 1979 and died at the age of 40 on May 9, 2020 at his home in Memphis, TN. Kenny leaves behind his mother, Patricia Tatum of Memphis, TN; father Kenneth Rooker (Barbara) of Somerville, TN; twin brother Kevin Rooker (Tiffany) of Florence, MS; older brother Chris Ellis (Angela) of Bartlett, TN; younger brother Thomas Ball (Nychole) of Columbia, TN; brother Kenny Rooker (Sam) of Somerville, TN; sisters Cindy Rooker Culver Roach (Victor), Deborah Rooker and Christina Rooker; his girlfriend, Jennifer Howard and several cousins, nieces and nephews that will all miss him. Kenny is preceded in death by younger brother Michael Tatum and grandparents George and Lillian Tatum of Memphis, TN. Kenny was the proud father of three wonderful kids with Kesha Rooker: Gracie Nicole Rooker (15), Taylor Marie Rooker (14) and Carter Keith Rooker (8). They thought he hung the moon and continued to shower him with love until the end. They will miss him dearly, but he’ll be watching over them every day. Kenny grew up in the suburb of Raleigh and went to Craigmont High School. He was a very competitive athlete as a young adult and enjoyed playing basketball and softball well into adulthood. Kenny became a very skilled electrician working for local electrical companies until he helped start Above and Beyond Electric Company with one of his close friends. Kenny was born and raised in Memphis. On any given weekend, you could find Kenny cheering for the local sports teams, from the Tigers to the Grizzlies and from the Redbirds to Memphis 901s. However, Kenny’s blood ran Tiger Blue, and he was often repping the Tigers wherever he went. He also enjoyed the outdoors with fishing, 4-wheeling, weekend trips to local lakes and just hanging out with his friends. Kenny’s closest friends were his brothers and his life-long friends from the old neighborhood and grade school. Kenny held a special bond with each of them, and they will miss him greatly. They often held cornhole competitions where Kenny was the partner each of them fought to have. Kenny never met a hot wing he didn’t like, and enjoyed the heat more than anyone. Even though Kenny did like swapping stories over beer with his buddies, he also enjoyed quiet time with his new love, a romance that was cut short way too soon. He loved acoustic music, artist John Mayer, and local bands like Ingram Hill. Whether going out or staying in, Kenny had a sense of style and was not fully dressed until every hair was in the perfect place. Kenny was a huge Star Wars fan and could be found “secretly” alone at the movies on the opening day of any new release so that he could fully absorb it before seeing it again with the kids and friends. Anyone who met Kenny loved Kenny. He had an infectious smile and a compassionate heart. Kenny would do anything for anyone at any time. Even though he was the little brother always being kicked out of the big boys’ room, he grew into a man that everyone loved. Because we knew you Kenny, we have been changed for good. We will forever love and miss you. Until we see you again brother… Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at the Covington Funeral Home chapel with the family receiving friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
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