Name: Dr. Kenneth E. Kilgore

Date: January 26, 1947 - April 14, 2011

Biography

City of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mother: Lola Peters Kilgore

Father: Leonard Kilgore

Sisters: Louise Peters

Brothers: H.D. "Red" Kilgore

Education: Douglass High School, Bishop College, Langston University, Oklahoma State University

Occupation: Minister of Fine Arts of St. John Missionary Baptist Church

Visitations: 5pm-9pm Thursday, April 21, 2011 and 9am-9pm Friday, April 22, 2011

Cemetery: Trice Hill Cemetery

Services: 11am Saturday, April 23, 2011, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N. Kelley Ave. Dr. Kilgore will lie in state at St. John Missionary Baptist Church 10am-10:45am Saturday, April 23, 2011

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(2011-04-15 10:21am) ALICE FRIDAY wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-15 10:22am) MAGNOLIA FRIDAY wrote:
You are in my prayers.

(2011-04-15 10:22am) MABLE FRIDAY wrote:
God bless you and your family richly.

(2011-04-15 10:23am) LUVENIA STEHPENS FRIDAY wrote:
Your needs will be provided.

(2011-04-15 10:24am) BARBARA ROBBINS FRIDAY wrote:
In your moments of deepest sadness.

(2011-04-15 10:25am) KAREN FRIDAY wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2011-04-15 10:25am) GWENDOLYN FRIDAY wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2011-04-15 10:26am) ANNIE M. FRIDAY wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2011-04-15 10:26am) WANDA THOMAS FRIDAY wrote:
The promises God made are all true.

(2011-04-15 10:27am) CURTIS FRIDAY wrote:
May you feel his loving presence.

(2011-04-15 10:31am) ALICE FRIDAY wrote:
YOU WILL BE MISSED AROUND HERE YOU GOOD MUSIC AND GOD DONT MAKE MISTAKE YOUR ARE NOW WEARING THAT GOLDEN CROWN REMEMBER THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT I WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN OUR PRAY THE CHURCH WILL ALSO PRAY FOR THE FAMILY. LOVE THE CHURCH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

(2011-04-15 10:38am) DOROTHY FAULKNER wrote:
FROM OUR FIRST BREATH TO OUR LAST, WE ARE IN GOD'S CARE.

(2011-04-15 11:43am) ELDER PAUL A. RICHARDSON SR. wrote:
PASTOR PAUL A. RICHARDSON SR. AND THE MEMBERS OF "BELIEVERS IN CHRIST FELLOWSHIP CHURCH ARE LIFTING THE PERSONAL FAMILY AND THE ST. JOHN MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY UP IN THE MOST EARNEST AND FAITH-FILLED ZEAL WE ARE ABLE TO MUSTER. MAY GOD'S PEACE BE MAGNIFIED IN EACH OF YOU!

(2011-04-15 11:48am) Sally wrote:
Margo and family, Can you imagine him playing the organ now? The Lord will hold you so tenderly during this season of time. Prayers and much love to you

(2011-04-15 1:30pm) ELDER GREGORY L. CARTER wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-15 5:05pm) Kathleen Leshaw wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2011-04-15 6:02pm) ROSE POOLE wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-15 6:31pm) Evelyn Malcolm wrote:
I sung under him with Douglass Concert Choir and the Baptist Convention Choir. We have truly loss a talented, musical and dedicated worker for Christ! To the Kilgore family, may God be with your family and know that God doesn't make mistakes! He is now conducting the Convention in Heaven!

(2011-04-16 4:03am) RHONDA MARSHALL wrote:
UNCLE KENNETH,ONLY YOU AND GOD TRULY KNOW JUST HOW MY HEART FEELS ABOUT YOU LEAVING ME HERE ...SO UNTIL I GET THERE WITH YOU AND OUR MOTHERS I WILL KEEP ON PRAYIN SO I WILL SEE YOU AT THAT NEW ADDRESS WHEN ITS MY TIME TO MAKE THAT HEAVENLY MOVE.. I LOVE YOU UNCLE KENNETH.... LOVE ..RHONDA

(2011-04-16 5:43am) Pastor J W Hollins wrote:
The New Faith Baptist Church have you in Our Prayers

(2011-04-16 1:52pm) Blondene Taite wrote:
You are in my prayers.

(2011-04-16 6:08pm) Michael Dean & The Entire Dean Family wrote:
Kenneth we just want to thank you for all the musical enjoyment you have brung to us over the years & the assistance you gave us in preparing for our families homegoings, as lifelong member of SJBC it has been blessing to have enjoyed the music you provided to us through GOD'S work. REST IN PEACE & MAY GOD BLESS YOU !!! YOU WILL BE MISSED.

(2011-04-16 9:06pm) Rashell Hammons wrote:
The promises God made are all true. Gone from this place and will be remembered through beautiful music. Praying for the family and the St. John family.

(2011-04-17 7:37am) Russell & Shirley Halstied wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2011-04-17 4:59pm) Sanford J. Peters wrote:
KENNETH: The family will miss you and your talant, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE: WE KNOW YOU ARE IN HEAVEN.

(2011-04-17 10:32pm) Daresha' Holloway-Harle wrote:
My deepest sympathy. You will be truely missed. I love you and may you rest in Gods arms.

(2011-04-18 6:43am) Karen And Stanley Vick wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2011-04-18 7:52am) Howard Leon Johnson Ervin wrote:
Although it's difficult to see beyond the sorrow. May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

(2011-04-18 8:39am) Danny And Clara Fish wrote:
God bless you and your family richly.

(2011-04-18 9:08am) MARILYN LARRY GREEM wrote:
In your moments of deepest sadness.

(2011-04-18 9:34am) Gloria And Willie Wilson wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2011-04-18 9:56am) Witherpoon Family wrote:
We will always remember your dedication playing the organ for the Wesley Kinsley Chorus, Gospel Chorus, and Senior Choir as well as any other music needed on various ocassions. Now you have joined the group of old St. John choir directors and musicians who have gone to rest. We will remember you as well as your late musical peers from ole 2nd&Phillips, Oscar Jenkins, Exlona Burkhalter, Dorothy Jones, Hazel Norwood,Hattie Boldien,James Fleming, Odessa Faulkner Jackson,and many others. May God bless and keep the bereaved family!

(2011-04-18 10:29am) Deborah L. Glover wrote:
We have a lifetime of memories of his caring and his abiding love for Christ. I know that he is now in the presence of the Lord.

(2011-04-18 11:17am) Mom Starks And Victoria wrote:
GOD Blessed you Kenneth. GOD loves you. To the family, you are in our prayers. He will forever live in our hearts.

(2011-04-18 1:53pm) Orlene Grant Chaney wrote:
You are gone but not forgotten. The Lord needed to jazz up his choir so he called for you, rest now and play those keys for the Lord's Choir in heaven.

(2011-04-18 1:59pm) L. NELSON And Family wrote:
God bless you and your family richly.

(2011-04-18 2:30pm) Doug Pratt wrote:
Kenneth, words cannot express the sadness I feel in my heart at losing such a dear friend as you. Thank you for all your advice, mentorship and the wisdom you shared with me. Thank you for always having time for me. Thank you for allowing me to learn from you. Now go on and take your rest. I know that you are already up in Heaven with your buddies, Harold Edwards, Dr. John Meeks, and Exlona Burkhalter, to name a few, strolling through Beulah. Iíll see you when I get there!

(2011-04-18 4:23pm) Bettye Baker wrote:
My deepest sympathy to the family. Kenneth will be greatly missed.

(2011-04-18 5:55pm) Kevin E. Jackson wrote:
You are in my prayers.

(2011-04-19 12:54am) All Females wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2011-04-19 4:29am) Luvenia Williams wrote:
Shared loving memories of all the convention choir rehearsals and the Simultaneous mass choirs...from my family to yours...May God comfort you and the St. John church family!

(2011-04-19 4:40am) The Family Of KENNETH RAY PETERS wrote:
You have our deepest sympathy and our prayers are with the family.

(2011-04-19 4:52am) LA DONNA PETERS WALKER wrote:
While riding through the storm Kenneth found safety in the MASTERS ARMS while riding through the Stormmmmmm. The promise God made is all true God bless you and the family.

(2011-04-19 6:58am) DONICE BLAKELY wrote:
Dr. Kilgore blessed us with his presence and beautiful music. He have been called home to lead the never ending Choir in the house of God.

(2011-04-19 9:37am) Audrey J Colbert wrote:
In your moments of deepest sadness may God comfort you and keep you in his loving arms..

(2011-04-19 9:48am) Bradley Davidson wrote:
Dr. Kilgore: Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of knowing you personally but I certainly know your ministry of music in this community. Thank you for your commitment to your ministry at SJMBC and The Ambassadors. Your ministry touched so many lives, including mine. May you rest in His peace. I know the Heavenly Choirs are rejoicing at your arrival.

(2011-04-19 10:09am) Sandra Rogers wrote:
To the family of that great musican. My prayers and sympathy is with you. God only choses the best. We know this was a good pick, there will be no other like him.

(2011-04-19 10:42am) Anonymous wrote:
I always loved to hear Dr. Kilgore play his music appeared to come from the soul. He will be missed bythose who new and loved him and by those of us who knew him thru his musical gift. May his family be comforted by the grace of God and in the knowledge that he used God's gift to the fullest and to HIS GLORY.

(2011-04-19 11:23am) Kathleen Thomas wrote:
My deepest sympathy to the Kilgore family. I was a student of Dr. Kilgore at John Marshall High School, and I will never forget what a tough, yet firm approach he had. He will certainly be missed. May God Bless you all during this difficult time.

(2011-04-19 12:27pm) MARVA MCKAUFMAN ALEXANDER wrote:
In your moments of deepest sadness.

(2011-04-19 12:38pm) MACKIE, MARVA & WAYNE MCKAUFMAN wrote:
We as kids played together. May we join each other in the house of the Lord. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

(2011-04-19 12:46pm) Geraldine Franklin wrote:
WE will miss you Kenneth.

(2011-04-19 1:09pm) D. Vashon Green wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-19 1:26pm) DiAnna Chambers wrote:
God bless you and your family richly.His gift of music will always sing in my heart. How I remembered the beautiful melodies on the pipe organ on Bishop College campus, how you mastered each note and the choir singing each note with much joy to behold. So many things to remember about you but, what I really liked about Kenneth was the way in which he carried himself in such a masterful manner. Music was your gift truly from above. To God be the Glory.

(2011-04-19 2:32pm) Karen Davis wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-19 4:11pm) Joyce Adams Curtis wrote:
The main way I know Dr. Kilgore is when the Ambassador Choir and Canterbury Choral Society, of which I am a member, collaborated in two separate performances. He was an excellent choral conductor who knew what he wanted from a choir and knew how to get it!!! What a joy it was to work with him! My deep condolences to his family.

(2011-04-19 5:35pm) Alfred N. & Darlene K. Blakely wrote:
God Promised Never To Leave Us Nor Forsake Us, and He Would Be With Us Until The End Of The Ages. Our Prayers are with Brother Kilgore's Family.

(2011-04-19 5:46pm) Ronald Sterns wrote:
"Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal." Continually Praying for both the Kilgore family and the St. John Church Family at this time of bereavement.

(2011-04-20 8:12am) Sandra Jackson wrote:
You are in my prayers.

(2011-04-20 11:51am) Major Berry wrote:
It was an honor to have known, worked, and worshiped with Kenneth. Say hello to Harold, Glenn and Leroy for me my friend!!!!!!

(2011-04-20 6:41pm) Marcus L. Matthews wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-21 12:22am) Lifeloved Sister wrote:
The promises God made are all true.

(2011-04-21 3:13am) Dolon Peete wrote:
We are sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in family and friends at this difficult time. The Bible gives hope that soon our Creator Jehovah God will end all suffering, pain and death and we have the hope of being reunited with our loved one that have passed away. (Revelation 21:4; Psalms 83:18; John 5:28,29) "And there will be many of those asleep in the ground of dust who will wake up, these to indefinitely lasting life.."†Daniel†12:2

(2011-04-21 5:40am) SHERYL HUTTON wrote:
MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS THE FAMILY.I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER KENNETH AS SAYING WE WERE THE ST. JOHN BRATS. YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY

(2011-04-21 8:09am) Gloria J Abram wrote:
My deepest sympathy. May you have memories for comfort, friends for support, and flowers to ease your sadness. Kenneth will truly be missed. I will pray for the family during this difficult time. I will ask God to give the family and God Children comfort, strength, and peace. Kenneth's music will forever live. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

(2011-04-21 9:16am) Beverly & KeithJemison\Jan Durant wrote:
We will miss Dr Kilgore. He was a wonderful musician and we will always remember those times he assisted Dr Terry with the OU gspel choir. Until we see "JESUS"

(2011-04-21 11:10am) Reginald Thomas wrote:
Thank you for the guest of life and music.

(2011-04-21 11:35am) Andre' & Teresa Francisco wrote:
Kenneth, you have always been a true friend. Teresa and I are ever thankful to you for playing the organ at our wedding and providing the Ambassadors' Concert Choir to sing the wedding march. But beyond that we will truely miss that keen wit, a thoughful phone call, and that infectious smile. Rest well dear friend...rest well...

(2011-04-21 11:48am) Dr. Darnell Williams wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2011-04-21 12:02pm) Velma Newman wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-21 12:03pm) Cynthia Pierce wrote:
May God bless you and your family during this time. My prayers are with you.

(2011-04-21 12:15pm) Bishop College Alumni Friends wrote:
Dear Family: We, collectively, want you to know that you have our fervent prayers of condolences. We loved our friend, Kenneth, and we will miss him very much. We want you to know that what we will miss most of all is Kenneth's inner beauty and thw way that he freely shared with others, oftentimes without even knowing it. We will miss being encouraged by his great smile and inspired by his indomitable faith. We offer our prayers that you will be uplifted by God in these moments of deepest sadness. May God comfort you today and throughout your bereavement. Sincerely, Dr. Darnell Williams for the Bishop College Alumni and Friends

(2011-04-21 12:17pm) Samuel McCray wrote:
The promises God made are all true.

(2011-04-21 12:27pm) CLIFF JOHNSON wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2011-04-21 12:41pm) BARBARA MCGLORY wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2011-04-21 2:52pm) Arthur R. Thomas wrote:
My deepest sympathy. Dr. Kilgore will be missed. We will keep your family lifted up in prayer.

(2011-04-21 3:06pm) Dr. Dorscine Spigner Littles wrote:
We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of music. My deepest condolence to his family, to St. John Missionary Church, The Ambassador Choir and to all whose lives he enriched. He will be missed. DSL

(2011-04-21 3:34pm) Mr.& Mrs T. Martin wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2011-04-21 4:42pm) Rev. Lawrence Kirk wrote:
I will miss my friend! See you in Glory....

(2011-04-21 4:55pm) Denice L. Blakely wrote:
My deepest sympathy.You are in my prayers.

(2011-04-21 7:16pm) Darlene Bowens wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2011-04-21 7:51pm) McKenzie A. Jones wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-21 8:20pm) Rev. & Mrs. Alton & Kim Blakely wrote:
We will miss the laughter and fun we enjoyed every Sunday as Dr. Kilgore sat at the organ cutting laughs and soft spoken jokes from his throne. We will especially missed the love that flowed from him to those whom he came in contact with. He has been a Minister of Music through generations of our children but we came to love him as the Maestro. Love always, it's not goodbye but see you later.

(2011-04-21 10:01pm) Bev Brown wrote:
Thank God for Kenneth's life and music legacy.

(2011-04-22 3:19am) Maye Etta Nolen wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2011-04-22 7:51am) Rodger L. Hfawkins III wrote:
You are in my prayers. The whole body of Christ at Metroplitan Baptist Church along with Pastor H.Beecher Hicks sends our heartfelt condolences!

(2011-04-22 8:17am) James Brown wrote:
The promises God made are all true.

(2011-04-22 8:34am) Ken Rowe wrote:
May you feel his loving presence.

(2011-04-22 8:41am) Frederick Jackson wrote:
My deepest sympathy to the family from one of his classmate (65).

(2011-04-22 9:39am) Pilate, Delphine wrote:
May God comfort you now and in the days to come. God knows the way you are feeling and He knows what to do to heal you. If I can be of help, please let me know.

(2011-04-22 9:56am) Dr. Leroy Roberson wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2011-04-22 11:01am) JERRY GOODSON wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2011-04-22 1:00pm) Dale Pfundt wrote:
God bless you, Kenneth, for all you contributed to the Kingdom of God on earth. You touched so many lives, including mine. I will miss your Christian example, and your friendship, and look forward to seeing you again in a better place. Enjoy your well-deserved reward until I see you again.

(2011-04-22 1:39pm) Tamiko Blakely wrote:
To the family and all who loved Bro. Kenneth, I thank God for Bro. Kenneth. For his life exemplified a purpose driven and a purposeful life. I believe Bro. Kenneth lived the life the Lord had purposed for him. He used his talents to glorify the Lord, and we were blessed as a result. It was a pleasure to know him; he will be greatly missed and is greatly loved. May the Lord comfort, strengthen and keep us in Christ Jesus. God Bless You!

(2011-04-22 1:59pm) Crystal & Kilah Johnson wrote:
Mr. Kilgore will be deeply missed at St. John Christian Heritage Academy.

(2011-04-22 4:11pm) Chrystalmoore wrote:
God bless you and your family richly.

(2011-04-22 8:38pm) Homer Matthews Jr wrote:
Thanks Kenneth for all the times you played for my family and my immediate family. I remember Amazing Grace like you just played it,

(2011-04-22 10:44pm) Sharon Joyce Bluitt-Burris wrote:
To The Family of Dr Kenneth Kilgore, my sincere condolences. His steps were ordered. Sharon Joyce Bluitt-Burris, North Las Vegas, NV classmate DHS 1965

(2011-04-23 1:45am) MRS. CAROL MITCHELL wrote:
The promises God made are all true.

(2011-04-23 6:51am) Cassell Lawson wrote:
Dr. Kilgore, thank you for the gift of music and ALL of the words of encouragement that you gave to me (and so many others) over the years. I will truly miss you. But, I know I will see you again. Amen

(2011-04-23 7:37am) JA-JA T.ALLEN wrote:
God bless you and your family richly I THANCK THIS FAMILY OF DR. KENNTH KILGORE FOR WHAT YOU DONE FOR THE STATE AND THIS NATION I AM A ORGAN PIANO PLAYER AT QUAYLE U.M.C. I SAW YOUR FAMILY MEMBER WHEN I WAS 12 YEARS OLD AS A MAN WITH AUSTAIN YOUNG MAN I SHOULD BE ABLE TO PLAY THE ORGAN BUT GOD AND THE HOLY GHOST WITH SPEAKING IN TOUGHS IT HAS HAPPEN I MOVE UP THE KING HIGHWAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IS MY PRAY YOURS IN THE HOLY GHOST JA-JA T. ALLEN AND FAMLY .

(2011-04-23 10:28am) Vickie Tollett wrote:
Kenneth touch the lives of many. May God keep you in his perfect peace.

(2011-04-23 3:38pm) Dr. Alvin B. Williams & Family wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2011-04-24 6:01am) Sharri McGlauthing wrote:
What a blessing you have been in my life! I thank God for you Kenneth. I have known you all my life and know that Heaven received you rejoicing.

(2011-04-24 9:58pm) Dr. Allysceaeioun Britt Spears wrote:
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during your hour of sorrow. God bless you.

(2011-04-25 7:43am) Carolyn And Stacia Starks wrote:
Yes, his voice has been silenced, his physical presence has been removed but his legacy will indeed live on. So long to a musical giant and friend!!!!

(2011-04-26 2:48pm) Kenny Freeman wrote:
My deepest sympathy. I knew and loved Dr. Kilgore for most of my adult life. He was an inspiration to me as a songwriter and a very dear associate. I am thankful he was a part of my life while I lived in Oklahoma.

(2011-04-27 4:05pm) Aletia Timmons wrote:
Dr. Kilgore was always unselfish and willing to share his gift of music. About twenty years ago I asked him on short notice to play at my wedding, when he finished I tried to pay him and he would not let me, the wedding was in a small country church but one of my inlaws had a community garden there, kenneth pointed to the garden which was full of collard and mustard greens and asked us just to fill up his trunk with them. We did and he headed off down the dirt road with his trunk full. Years later I saw him and thanked him for sharing his gift. He told me that my wedding was one of the few that took! I told him it must have been the greens and his piano playing! He and his cheerful giving of his gift will be missed

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