Kenton Robert Gazzaway



Kenton Robert Gazzaway, 38, of Amarillo, TX died on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rev. Brett Coe, First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Kenton was born on May 13, 1983, in Amarillo, TX to father Kelly and mother Frankie Gazzaway. He moved with his mother to Plano and then to Garland, Texas; later returning to Amarillo where he graduated from River Road High School. He attended Amarillo College where he earned a certificate in mass communications.

Kenton achieved one of his lifelong ambitions by working as an on-air personality at KACV-FM, “FM90”, while at AC. He worked for a short time for a local television station as part of the morning show camera crew. He held a commercial driver’s license and did a stint as an over-the-road truck driver, seeing America from the windshield of an eighteen-wheeler. He traveled widely with his family, enjoying many adventures including a camping trip traversing Canada’s Alaska Highway, to Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska, and back through the gold fields of Yukon Territory. Kenton loved animals, music of all kinds, and loved attending the latest movies. He could talk extensively about both music and movies far beyond his span of years.

Kenton loved to be around people and would engage anyone in conversation. He was sincere and genuine, without artifice. He never judged others based on appearance but accepted everyone at face value. He trusted Jesus as his Savior and treated others with kindness and compassion. He was a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church of Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William R. “Bill” and Sally Gazzaway; grandmother, Mary Reese; cousin, Curt Wetzel; and a step-grandfather, J.D. Reese.

Survivors include his mother, Frankie Gazzaway of Amarillo; father, Kelly Gazzaway and stepmother Audrey Gazzaway of Amarillo; and a stepbrother, TJ Abernathy of Bentonville, Arkansas. He is survived by an aunt, Tynetta Wetzel and uncle Jim Wetzel; and aunt, Valerie Lowry. Surviving cousins include Cory Wetzel and family, John Lowry and family, Joseph Lowry and family, and Rachel Lowry. He is also survived by a great-aunt, Pat Devin (and family).

32 Replies to “Kenton Robert Gazzaway”

  1. Kelly, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. Take care, Tricia

  2. I’ve known Kenton since I was 4-5 years old, have a lot of great memories with him growing up and in school and church. Good man and great friend, will value his friendship always, Godspeed brother.

  3. Dear Frankie, I am so sorry to hear about Kenton. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. I will always have fond memories of Kenton.
    I will always remember him as the Dr. Pepper Kid. I can see Kenton & Kayline having a Dr. Pepper party.
    As the sun dawns, we hope it is filled with the promises of a brighter tomorrow. Goodbyes are not forever. Moments in time are brief, until we meet again. Rest in eternal peace. Kenton, I ❤ you and miss you already.
    Love always, Fayrine

  4. I’ve known Kenton since 4-5 years old from church and all the way through junior high and high school. He was a good man and great friend, he will be missed. Lots of good memories to cherish. Godspeed brother.

  5. I’m so sorry for the lost of Kenton. Prayers are sent from the Heart
    🙏🏼♥️🙏🏼 . The Lord heals all hearts in time. Our condolences and prayers.

    1. Thank you all for the support during this difficult time. You have always been wonderful neighbors and I sure appreciate your presence at the service, your help with the lawn, and everything.

  6. Kenton was a loving and sweet person with that admirable light in his face . That’s the kinship we know , isn’t it ?
    His sweet reward he now has – will be glorious for us to gaze . You are a dear family in The Arms Of Jesus .
    With love and deep sympathy,
    Bill and Mary Schrader

  7. Kelly and Audrey, I am so sorry about Kenton. He was always such a nice person and I always enjoyed visiting with him. My heart is heavy knowing what you are going through. God says in His word that we will see our loved ones again. So this is just a temporary seperation. Please know that you are loved and missed. You and you family and friends are in my prayers.

  8. Prayers for the family in your loss. Kelly, I’m saddened at hearing of this young man’s death. God Bless Y’all.

  9. I am so very sorry for thr loss of your son. I know children are not supposed to precede their parents. This grief is almost unbearable. You have my condolences and prayers.
    Rose Draper

    1. Kelly, this breaks my heart for you and your family. I will pray for comfort and the peace that only our Father God can give. You are loved.

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