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Eulogy - read by daughters Sharlita & Chyrisia
Losing someone you love is never easy. One of the most difficult task of any son or daughter, is the reading of their parent’s Eulogy. However, we are extremely proud to stand before you today to remember the life of our father, Kenroy Clarence Millington. Kenroy better known as Ken, lived a very humble life, a fine example of how man should live. He shared 43 vibrant years with his wife, our mother Janet Millington. He was born on March 2 1953 in Spring Village of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the son of Carol Charles and the late Clarence Millington. He was their first born child, one in nine of his mother’s children, and one in six of his father’s children. Thus explains his large family tree, and his eagerness in meeting new family. Whenever we visited St. Vincent he would take us over to Spring Village to see his mother and other family. We hung out by his grandmother’s house where he lived with his mother and his siblings. At the entrance of the village, he proudly pointed out the Methodist school he attended and he always spoke about the huge rock wall by the riverside. Kenroy feared that rock wall because he said it looked like it always wanted to lean forward on him so every time he goes to the river, he does a 360 dash in and out because of being so scared. Just by sharing his childhood story brought a sense of humility for him and we always wondered what life was lie for Kenroy and saw his reflection through the young kids who would be playing in the very same village today. It is important to note that part of Ken’s childhood was spent in Georgetown, British Guyana with his grandmother Alice Davis, her husband Sweby and son Preston. Ken started school in Guyana at the age of five. In Guyana he had great adventures catching deer, meeting up with dangerous animals in the forest. He expressed how much fun they had in the jungle even though he didn’t realize how dangerous it was. When he returned to St. Vincent at the age of twelve he became more acquainted with his mother, brothers and sisters and went to school for two more years and graduated at the age of fifteen. Ken was on the pupil-teachers list in school, and after graduating he then joined the police band Cadete as a Trumpeter and Trombonist and really enjoyed it. He subsequently joined the police force at the age of Eighteen, where he underwent training in Barbados. During his training he always received first prize for best drilling and soldier weapons. Shortly after joining the force, his friend Witford McNeil approached him with an opportunity to join the Vibrations band owned by the late Sam Leonard in Virgin Gorda, where he converted from a Trumpeter to a Trombonist. Kenroy was very eager to join the band and migrated to Virgin Gorda in 1973 to begin his new life. Ken’s experience with the band had inspired him to begin writing and composing music, creating the well liked song on one of the albums entitled “Disco Radio.” He began participating in calypso and soca monarch competitions on the island. Dad’s stage name was known as “The Merchant”. Today, many of his friends still refer to him as “The Merchant.”
During that era Kenroy then met this kind young lady by the name of Janet at the Rainbow Tavern, where Chez Bamboo is located today. Janet was Fifteen years old and in school at the time and Ken was Twenty years old and although he was quite fond of her, his philosophy was “not to trouble school girls” so he waited until Janet was finished with school and swept her into his arms and they fell in love. When the Vibrations slowed in business, he always cherished the memories of Janet’s dropping by with food she would cook at her home for him to eat, “corn beef and rice”, “spaghetti and meatballs.” There were even times when Janet would benefit from her father’s loose change and give to Ken so that he would make ends meet. Kenroy and Janet then went into construction work and ended up living together after Janet had decided it was time for her to leave her parent’s nest. They lived at housing by William Malone (mostly known as Pepper sauce), they only made $70 a week but made a living off of that regarding basic needs such as food and clothing. In 1976 they gave birth to their first child Chyrisia and then Kenroy Jr. was born two years after in 1978. By then the popular Vibrations band had disintegrated. By Pepper sauce was like a little community where they lived and although not lavish and financially fortunate, they both made their home comfortable to raise their kids. Ken spoke about whenever they would go to a shop owned by the late Nurse Iris O’Neal, she always nagged them about “when are you going to get married, nag nag nag.” So dad visited St. Vincent and while there he spoke with Janet about getting married and they both decided to go forward with it. Janet went to meet dad in St. Vincent and they got married in August 14, 1980. They eventually saved enough and were able to buy land and constructed their home which is currently located in South Valley, Spanish Town. Ken left the construction work and obtained a job with Little Dix Bay Hotel while Janet started a managerial job with Road Town Wholesale. They moved into their new home in 1983 and were able to save more money and began constructing their own Restaurant the Crab Hole. In 1984 they gave birth to their third child Sharlita. Whenever we inquire about life back in the days, Ken always use to utter the words, “Sha you didn’t meet no hard times, it was Chyrisia and Keon who suck the salt, they were happy kids, it’s just that during that time the opportunities were few and far in between.” After the business began to strive, Ken and Janet continued to build upon what they’ve started and constructed an apartment complex adjacent to the house.
Kenroy loved many things in life, but several of his hobbies just come to mind when you think of him. He loved to cook (was well known for his famous Roti’s’ and Johnny cakes), he loves to play pool, darts and domino, and he loved music and would play his trombone from time to time. Most recently, Ken was Lay Eucharistic Minister of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church and enjoyed ministering, praise and worship and bible study with his fellow congregation. Ken also enjoyed holding church services with the seniors on Wednesdays. He was also proud of his family, enjoyed countless memories of family achievements, laughing, being with his family, having fun with friends and leading AA community service meetings. Most of all, Kenroy enjoyed traveling with his immediate family where he took the time and visited other family members in St. Vincent, Florida and Trinidad. As an Entrepreneur, Ken also sponsored and participated in a large number of dart, domino and pool tournaments throughout Virgin Gorda and the wider BVI. Nobody ever accused Ken of not being a hard worker. Though work was just a part of his life, he always dedicated himself to the task. Ken spent thirty-two years working for Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort in Virgin Gorda. He owned his restaurant in Virgin Gorda for over twenty years. Kenroy was a musician for over thirty years. He work tirelessly with St. Mary’s Church and although tired at times, he always said “It don’t make sense pussyfoot, if it needs to get done, get it done” and also would comment “I’m working for the Lord, don’t worry about me, I lived a joyful life thanks be to God and when he is ready for me he will take me.”
Kenroy passed away at Aventura Hospital & Medical Center in Miami Florida resulting from a sudden increase in cardiac complications. Kenroy passed away surrounded by his immediate family, as he always hoped. He will be missed by everyone whom were blessed to know him. Kenroy touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. His commitment to the Lord was instilled in him since he was a child living with his grandmother. Kenroy told us stories of when he had to take sheep over to the hillside every Sunday to be fed, then head back home to get ready for church. He kept that spiritual momentum throughout his life. He was very proactive with the Vestry, bible study, praise and worship, ministering with the seniors on Wednesdays and with the congregation on Sundays as well as maintenance. We were blown away but how much ken did in his service to God, it was so inspiring to read the piles of sermons, week by week, month by month, year by year, hand written by him. Paper after paper as he loved to write everything down. It is our intention to retain every single copy and create a beautiful masterpiece in his honor. So, what will we all remember most about Kenroy Clarence Millington? His caring heart, His commitment to God and to his family, His preaching and sermons, His bible study sessions, His great sense of humor, His cooking, His art form in music, His smile, His healing touch, His soft voice, His words of wisdom and His ministering. His legacy will live on through the impact he had on this world and in the lives of each of us who knew and loved him. May his good soul rest in God’s eternal peace until we meet again in Glory.
Order of Service
RECEPTION OF BODY (BCP p. 466)
BURIAL ANTHEMS (BCP p. 491)
OPENING HYMN – All Creatures of Our God and King (Hymnal 1982 # 400)
EULOGY – Read by Sharlita and Chyrisia. Accompanied by Kenroy Jr. and Nadia
VOCAL TRIBUTES – The Stevens’ Quartet & St. Mary's Church Choir
THE COLLECT (BCP p. 493)
OLD TESTAMENT READING – Isaiah 61:1-3, Fate Charles
PSALM 23: The Lord’s My Shepherd
NEW TESTAMENT READING – Revelation 7:9-17, Cordelia Medjahed
SEQUENCE HYMN – Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus (LEV #108)
GOSPEL – John 11:21-27 (I am the resurrection and the life)
THE APOSTLES’ CREED (BCP p. 496)
THE INTERCESSIONS (BCP p. 497)
THE PEACE (BCP p. 360)
VOCAL TRIBUTE - by Ken's former Co-Workers
"Disco Radio" INSTRUMENTAL TRIBUTE – directed by Sharlita Millington-Dunbar
THE OFFERTORY HYMN: Shall We Gather at the River (LEV# 141)
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING – EUCHARISTIC PRAYER A (BCP p. 361)
COMMUNION HYMN: Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God (Hymnal 1982 #711)
COMMENDATION (BCP p. 499)
RECESSIONAL HYMN: We’re Marching to Zion (LEV #12)
HYMNS AT THE GRAVESIDE
Hymns at the Church
All Creatures of Our God and King
1] All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing; alleluia, alleluia! O burning sun with golden beam, and shining moon with silver gleam, O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
2] O rushing wind so wild and strong, white clouds that sail in heaven along; alleluia, alleluia! New rising dawn in praise rejoice; you lights of evening find a voice: O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
3] Cool flowing water, pure and clear, make music for your Lord to hear; alleluia, alleluia! Fierce fire, so masterful and bright, providing us with warmth and light. O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
4] Earth ever fertile, day by day, bring forth your blessings on our way; alleluia, alleluia! All flowers and fruits that is you grow, let the his glory also show; O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
5] All you who are of tender heart, forgiving others, take your part; alleluia, alleluia! All you who pain and sorrow bear, praise God and on him cast your care; O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
6] Let all things their Creator bless, and worship him in humbleness; alleluia, alleluia! Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, Three in One: O praise him, O praise him: alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Psalm 23: The Lord's My Shepherd 1] The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want; he makes me down to lie; in pastures green; he leadeth me, the quiet waters by.
2] My soul he doth restore again; and me to walk doth make; within the paths of righteousness, e’en for his own name’s sake.
3] Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale, yet will I fear non ill; for thou art with me, and thy rod and staff me comfort still.
4] My table thou hast furnished; in presence of my foes; my head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.
5] Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me; and in God’s house for everyone my dwelling-place shall me.
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
1] 'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, and to take him at his word; just to rest upon his promise, and to know, "Thus saith the Lord."
[Refrain] Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I've proved him o'er and o'er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust him more!
2] O how sweet to trust in Jesus, just to trust his cleansing blood; and in simple faith to plunge me neath the healing, cleansing flood! [Refrain]
3]Yes, 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus, just from sin and self to cease; just from Jesus simply taking life and rest, and joy and peace. [Refrain]
Shall We Gather at the River
1] Shall we gather at the river, Where bright angel feet have trod; With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the throne of God? [Refrain] Yes, we'll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; Gather with the saints at the river, That flows by the throne of God. 2] On the margin of the river, Washing up its silver spray, We will walk and worship ever, All the happy golden day. [Refrain] 3] Ere we reach the shining river, Lay we ev'ry burden down; Grace our spirits will deliver, And provide a robe and crown. [Refrain] 4] Soon we'll reach the shining river, Soon our pilgrimage will cease; Soon our happy hearts will quiver, With the melody of peace. [Refrain]
Seek Ye First
1] Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you - Allelu, alleluia!
2] Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find; knock and the door shall be opened unto you - Allelu, alleluia!
3] Man shall not live by bread alone, but by ev'ry word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Allelu, alleluia!
We're Marching to Zion 1] Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known; join in a song with sweet accord, join in a song with sweet accord and thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne Refrain] We're marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion; we're marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God. 2] Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly King, but children of the heavenly King may speak their joys abroad, may speak their joys abroad. [Refrain] 3] The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets before we reach the heavenly fields, before we reach the heavenly fields or walk the golden streets, or walk the golden streets. [Refrain]
4 Then let our songs abound, and every tear be dry; we're marching through Emmanuel's ground, we're marching through Emmanuel's ground to fairer worlds on high, to fairer worlds on high. [Refrain]