May 28, 1974 ~ April 14, 2009
On May 28, 1974, Gail Duncan and Keith Shaw welcomed their son, Marshon Keith Duncan into the world. A gift from God, Keith as he was loving known by family took his rightful place as the first grandchild. In that role, Keith became the prince of the family, capturing the hearts of his grandparents with a smile, his aunts and uncles with a joke and, sisters and cousins who he loved like siblings with his "been there, done that, try this" advice. As Keith would tell them, "I'm just keeping it real."
Keep it real he did! Always the life of the party at David B. Oliver High in Pittsburgh, PA, Keith never missed a beat. From his love of Rhythm & Blues to the manners he used when addressing his elders, Keith was old school. Up front and personal, he would tell it like it "t-i-s." And tell it he would - whether you liked the way he told it or not. Yet, all who knew him, loved him.
It may be that blunt boldness that led him to study Sociology at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. KD, as Keith was called in Philly, demonstrated his never give up, never give in persistence by graduating in spite of challenges. Understanding the obstacles that come with city life, KD, his faith never wavered. Baptized at the age of one at the Church of the Ascension in Harvey, Illinois, KD exercised the scripture "to whom much is given, much is required," by becoming an advocate for youth.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts, Keith followed his calling to impact lives by working with distressed families. Using lessons from the classroom and the "school of hard knocks," Keith became a life changer; a family sustainer. He advocated on behalf of under privileged and abused children by working with biological parents and foster parents as a social worker for the Pennsylvania State Department of Child Protective Services. He became a voice for children. He gave parents the WAKE UP call to turn their house into a home.
Home and family were important to Keith and on April 14, 2009 he exchanged his physical body for his promised mansion (John 14:2-3). He moved in with our heavenly Father and claimed his eternal inheritance (I Corinthians 9:25). No longer grilling crab legs, we trust he will feast at the eternal table with God. (Luke 22:16) Today our prince, Marshon Keith "KD" Duncan, is living large!
Keith was preceded in death by his grandfather Willie Wayne Shaw and his cousin, Darren Duncan. Left to cherish his memory are his mother Gail Duncan, father Keith Shaw, stepfather Ray Ross; sisters Korilynn Ross and Siekia Shaw; grandparents Leroy and Gwendolyn Duncan and grandmother Isabell Shaw; aunts Denise Evans, Sheri Shaw-Vickers and Krystal Duncan; uncles Kurt (Jennifer) Duncan and Aaron (Felicia) Duncan; cousins Sherice Duncan, Duane Shaw, Maurice (Karen) Duncan, Breanna Duncan, Tristian Duncan, Mario Duncan, Ashley Vickers, Skyla Duncan, Dyvaryn Duncan-Hubbard and a host of relatives and friends.
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