ROANOKE RAPIDS — Master Jihad Amon Kee, 10, of Roanoke Rapids, departed this life on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Jihad was born Aug, 13, 2011, in Franklin, Virginia, to Oneisha Branch and John Kee Sr.

He attended Belmont Elementary School, where he was a third-grade student.

In late 2018, he joined Roanoke Chapel Baptist Church in Jackson, and had a lot of things he liked in his childhood: video games, dancing, joking, eating, cutting grass, talking on his cell phone and being very flirtatious.

He loved his family and friends and because of that, he was loved by many.

Jihad is survived by his parents, Oneisha Branch and John Kee Sr.; siblings, Najet Kee, Anijiah Kee, John Kee Jr., Jaylen Taylor, Savon Kee, Moneisha Smith, Malaysia Smith, Quaneisha Branch, Deonyia Branch, Daquan Branch and Shaumore Kee; maternal grandparents, Minnie P. Branch and Turner Shoulders; paternal grandparents, Annie Broady and Isiah Kee; four uncles and three aunts; three nieces and one nephew; a host of cousins, other relatives and many friends.

A public walk-through viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at Cofield Mortuary in Weldon, which is handling the arrangements.

A graveside celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Phillips Cemetery in Seaboard, with the Rev. Melvin Ramsey officiating.

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