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LOCALS REMEMBERING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF LONG STANDING DJ- KENNETH "THE KENMAN" STOKES!


 


 

PEOPLE HERE IN MERIDIAN ARE PAYING TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO’S BEEN A STAPLE IN THE COMMUNITY FOR YEARS. TWIN STATES NEWS DANNY TODD REPORTS THE DEATH OF A POPULAR DEE JAY THAT HAS LEFT MANY PEOPLE IN HIS LISTENING AREA REMEMBERING THE GOOD TIMES SPENT WITH HIM.

Ken Stokes was a long-time disc jockey for 97OKK For many years. He has been in the radio business since 1985. The news of his death has many of his fans reliving their favorite "KenMan" moments over the years.


DUSTY CULPEPPER a local resident and friend says "I really think that the legacy that Ken leaves is just one of joy and happiness. You know, you weren't going to be around, Ken, very long, when he wasn't going to be laughing and he wasn't going to make you laugh."


Kenneth “the KenMan” Stokes recently retired due to medical issues. Since his passing, there's no doubt that this community will have a big part of his legacy that he leaves behind.

BOB FOLLOWELL-local resident, friend, and pastor says "I got to serve for about a year and a half as the interim pastor at Toomsuba Baptist Church. And that's where Ken went to church. And most every Sunday morning, going out of church, he said, Preacher. You just weren't funny again. So any time Ken had a chance to share a levity, share a thought that would enlighten and lift people that’s what Ken did."

Both Bob Followell and Dusty Culpepper tell Twin States news that the Kenman would light up any room he went into and he had a contagious positivity surrounded by who he was.

DUSTY CULPEPPER says "You know, when I think about Ken Stokes, I just think about a guy who just was a great, great broadcaster. And I even saw today that statewide people were writing in about what a good friend he was and what a great broadcaster he was."


BOB FOLLOWELL says "A lot of times folks love you as long as they can use you. Well, Ken was not that type. He was the giver of all givers. And I'm grateful to be able to say that KenMan was my friend. And I'm grateful to have the opportunity to speak on his behalf and say thank you to a community that wrapped their arms around him."


Whether you've been a faithful listener for all those years in a row or from a town that eats like a meal in Chunky, you'll always remember the legacy that Ken Stokes left on our community.



Danny Todd, Twin States News, Meridian.

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