Shawndele Lydel Gray, Sr., was born on December 22, 1984 along with his twin brother Shawntele Lyle Gray. They were born two minutes apart at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Shawndele was the oldest to Sherry Lynnette Fisher-Gray and Steven Craig Fields.
Shawndele was educated in the Kansas City Missouri School District. He attended D.A. Holmes Elementary School, Martin Luther King Middle School, Central High School and Southeast High School. As a freshman at Southeast High School he played on the Varsity Basketball Team. He later attended Job Corps in Clearfield, Utah where he received certification in restoring historical buildings. He grew up at the Universal Spiritual Church of Jesus Christ in Kansas City, Missouri. He was an acolyte, sang in the angel choir and later in the youth choir. He later attended the Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ.
His maternal great-great aunt, maternal grandmother, maternal aunts, and grandmother for four generations, and now five generations still attend Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ. He was a hard worker and at one point worked two jobs. He was an auto worker at Ford until his death. Shawndele loved to rap, sing, dance and to draw. He had several sketch books with drawings and designs that he was going to start a company with his twin brother.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Oscar and Arlee Fisher and his paternal grandparents Henry and Margaret Fields; one uncle Darrel Fields, one sister Shaneas Fields; and one niece Kendal Gray.
Shawndele’s memories will be cherished by his children TeLynn Bruce, Dallas, Texas; Shamara Gray-Phox, Sir Ron Gray, Savion Gray-Phox, Shawndele Lydel Gray, Jr., Samontè Gray and Kirese King (as his daughter). He also leaves to cherish his memory, his mother Sherry Lynnette Paige and father Steven Craig Fields (Kim), his twin brother Shawntele Lyle Gray (Keona), older brother Glenn T. Gray, II., oldest sister Sheria L. Howard (David); sister Stacia Fields, two God-Sisters, Tahdi Moore, Danielle Moore. He’s also leaving a host of 29 nieces and nephews that will miss him and love him as he loved all of them. He also leaves three great aunts, Novella Daniels, of DeWitt, Arkansas; Louise Davis (Godfrey) of Kansas City, Missouri; Betty Jones (Betty Boop) of Kansas City, Missouri; Godparents Michael and Mona Gardenhire Godbrother Michael Gardenhire Jr. He loved his family, his special aunts Shirley “JaJa” Jean Gregory, Sharon “MiMi” Marie Fisher, Marsha Fields, very special friends; Rev. Dr. Virgil Brown, Angela Persley, Sheila Hodges, Leandrea Nelson, Mary Williams, Sharon Wherry and Rena Williams, and a host of cousins and friends. He loved family and friends more than anything.
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