Dedicated to the Memory of Kenton A. Hill
May 25, 1981 – January 14, 2016
Kenton was born in Columbus, Ohio at St. Ann’s Hospital to the parents of Shelia A. Wilson and Kent L. Hill. He attended Columbus Public Schools (Binns, Ohio Avenue, and Stewart Elementary Schools, Johnson Park Jr. High School and Independence High School). As a young man, Kenton would spend his summers at the Boys Club in Columbus, Ohio. At a point, he was too old to attend the Summer Program. So what would a youngster at home do? Watch Cooking Shows like Emeril! Kenton would be in the kitchen throwing things together and shouting “Bam” every time he spiced things up! And if he wasn’t cooking, he was sketching pictures on the wall in his bedroom. Initially, his mother was not too happy with him drawing on the walls, but she noticed that his drawings were pretty good. Kenton participated in many art competitions, and he often won awards. His artwork eventually earned him a scholarship to the Columbus College of Arts and Design in Columbus, Ohio.
At 23 years of age, Kenton developed a rare blood disorder which quickly attacked his organs causing them all to go into failure. His life expectancy was very short. The Doctors gave an expectation of about 3-6 months, if lucky. Through prayer and will, Kenton defied the odds; and his organs began to respond. His kidneys, however, had gone into irreversible failure. He struggled for 11 years with end-stage renal failure; and some days were harder than others for him and for those who loved him. But all through his struggle, he relied on his passion for Cooking and Drawing, which sustained him. He also developed other artistic skills, strived to feed the homeless and sent positive messages to everyone that would listen. On January 14, 2016, Kenton’s body decided that it had suffered enough; and he departed this life. Many have mourned his death, but all who knew him are still touched by his life and the positivity he showed even in the face of adversity.
Kenton is survived by his Mother, Shelia A. Hill; Father, Kent L. Hill; Brother, Brian T. Wilson; Stepmother, Belinda M. Hill; and Stepsiblings Cordell M. Walton Jr. and Monique S. Roberts, and a host of relatives and friends.
We hope that you will join us in our effort to provide scholarships to students pursuing education in all of the various forms of the Arts.
If you would like to provide support, you can make a monetary donation, which is tax deductible through our secured Paypal account, or it can be mailed payable to the Kid at Heart Scholarship Foundation, 1839 East 87th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.
We appreciate any level of support that you feel you can provide to help support students of the Arts.
- Fundraising Kickoff Event – May 27, 2017, Cleveland, Ohio
- Bowling Fundraiser, Columbus, Ohio – Date to be determined
- Golf Fundraiser, Cleveland, Ohio – Date to be determined
- Art Festival, Cleveland, Ohio – Date to be determined
- Talent Show, Cleveland, Ohio – Date to be determined