The Picayune Item
“But Jesus said, Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven”…Matthew 19:14.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church for Keanu Malik Carraway, 8, who passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 with his loving family at his side at Oschner’s Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, La. The Reverend Alex Wesco, Jr. will officiate at the service, assisted by Elder Cliff Satcher.
Malik was born September 2, 2004 in Picayune to Helen Deloris Carraway. He was the fourth of five children. From an infant Malik was reared by his great-grandmother, Lucy Nell Preston, who went on to legally adopt him as her own child.
Malik was a second grade student at Westside Elementary School, in Mrs. June Burge Class. His previous teachers were Mrs. DuPont - Kindergarten class and Mrs. Mary Douglas - First Grade class. Malik was a very attentive student; always talking and trying to be a parent to the other students. He could hold a conversation with an adult as if he was grown.
Malik was a member of Reveal Holiness Church on Palestine Road where he was very active in Sunday Church Service and Tuesday night Bible Study. He was not shy or afraid to serve God. He would often sing a hymn or openly pray, and even sometimes he would participate in testimonial period. He also attended Picayune Church of God with Pastor Casey Odom when he could. Malik was also a member of the CCHY (Community Christians Helping Youth). He was known as the Little Neighborhood Helper; he would often visit with the elderly in the neighborhood, to see if they needed any assistance. He was always willing to do chores or help in any way he could. His hobbies included playing with his Nintendo DS, and riding his bicycle throughout the Greenview and Goodyear Community.
Survivors include: his devoted mother, Lucy Nell Preston; his natural siblings, Tynesha Smalls, Benjamin I. Landor, Demarcus Carraway, and Rihanna J. Nixon; his adoptive siblings, Juanita W. Stuckey (Thomas), Daniel Washington (Cassandra), Lynette Graves (Stanley), Gennella Washington, Grace Bounds (Eddie), and Charles Washington; his birth mother, Helen Carraway; his maternal grandmother, Diane Carraway; his maternal grandfather, Jeffery Ferguson; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. at the church. No viewing after 4 p.m. Interment will be in the Picayune Cemetery.
Entrusted to Brown’s Funeral Home.