Felton Felix Denham Jr, 81, long time resident of Kansas City, Kansas, answering the divine call to come and rest made his transition from this earthly life to an eternal one on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Providence Medical Center. He was the third child born to the late Dorothy and Felix Denham Sr, on August 30, 1941
Felton’s theology of God and the church took shape early with the guidance of his parents. Learning how to be the church was always a part of his life and continued when he united with Metropolitan Baptist Church. At Metropolitan he regularly attended Sunday school and worship, while lending his service to others as a member of the Deacon board. Felton remained active and faithful until his health prohibited him from doing so.
Countless students and parents will remember “Mr. Denham” for his more than fifty years working as an educator in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Particularly notable is his work as teacher, head football coach, and vice principal at Sumner High School. Followed with his tenure as Vice-Principal and Athletic Director of the prestigious Sumner Academy for the Arts and Science. And thereafter, Principal at Coronado Middle School.
Felton had many stories to share of his high school and college days. Not only did he excel in his academics, but he was also quite the athlete exceling in football, baseball, and basketball. His sports “fandom” was a love and an adventure his entire life.
Before taking his own final breath, Felton had lovingly said goodbye, just a few years prior, to his wife Naomi and grandson Ja’von. And now to bear his legacy he leaves his son, Keith, and wife Andrea Denham (Kansas City, Kansas); his daughter, Tonya, and husband Ronald Carruthers (Houston, Texas). Blessed to have had time with their PaPa are his remaining grandchildren, Chris, and India. Felton’s sister, Mildred Slaughter (Houston, Mississippi); his brothers, Harry, and wife Leola Denham (Ontario, California); Raymond, and wife Lula (Florence, Arizona); will forever carry their brother in their hearts. Finally, Felton’s remaining nieces, nephews, cousins, those considered family, and those who are friends, will miss him and his spirit of always trying to help someone, mixed with a dash of “the quarter back always knows best, and I am He” thrown in! There will be days when we will assuredly miss our QB!
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