Kai Y. Yancey

FORT HOOD, Texas — Pfc. Kai Yemale Yancey, 26, of Fort Hood, Texas, departed this life Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Scott and White Hospital in El Paso, following complications from a short illness.

He was born Sept. 9, 1990, in El Paso, Texas, the son of Shawna and Juamone, residing in Texas for two years.

Pfc. Yancey entered active duty with the U.S. Army in February 2015 as a Motor Transport Operator, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, since 2016. He received the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

He was a member of East Side Church of Christ, where he was a past member of the Youth Group and enjoyed watching movies, skateboarding, wrestling, boxing, water skiing, parasailing and target shooting. He was a past member of the Warren Boxing Association, where he was the Undefeated Lightweight Champion and a 2009 graduate of Howland High School, where he excelled in wrestling.

He married Janelle March 16, 2016.

Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his mother, Shawna; father, Juamone; one brother, J.R.; one sister, Nijah; grandparents, Mrs. Joann (Luther) Shavers, Ms. Edna Pearson and Mrs. Judy (Melvin) Bell; two pet cats, Cosmo and Chicago; and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Milton “Billy” Yancey and Samuel Pearson Sr.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the East Side Church of Christ. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Chapel. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements of comfort were handled by Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.

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