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Kenneth James was the third son born to John Jr (Sonnyboy) and Bernice (Mapp) Miles. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Winston, John III, Ralph, Timothy and only sister Carolyn Annette. The circle is now unbroken.
Commonly known as Kenny, he spent his formative years at Holy Redeemer Catholic School, which was also his parish. He began middle school at Frederick Douglass Junior High for one school year. In Sep 1957, Kenny attended the newly opened James Whitcomb Riley Junior High (later renamed Martin Luther King Jr Middle School). Riley's graduation was held in May 1959; afterwhich he attended and graduated with honors from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1962.
At Wheatley, Kenny played football from Sep1959 - Nov 1961. During the 1960 season, his leg was broken while playing Jack Yates High School of Houston TX. He persevered by returning to play football the following season. Wheatley's team was known as the mighty "Lions" whose symbol still carries great pride for its former students. That school also has been renamed; nevertheless, its tradition continues by having an Alumni celebration every two years (as in 2024).
After high school, Kenny enlisted in the US Navy spending 90 days of training in San Diego. He would go on to spend four years of service in Hawaii with the government’s extension of seven (7) months due to the Viet Nam War. His ship was sent to Viet Nam for a short stint where he witnessed many atrocities. The Navy prepared him for civilian life by training him to become an electrician.
Kenny was blessed to return to San Antonio without injury; there he began and graduated night school from St Mary's University. This task was accomplished while working every day at City Public Service (CPS). His on-set with CPS began as an electrician and went into computer programming six months later, eventually earning a managerial position. His tenure with the company was 25 years. After retirement, he was active in church and community activities until his health began to decline in 2016.
Kenny’s loss will be mourned by his widow (Jane); Six children: Keith, Kenneth II, and Kevin (Mom - Bobbie Jeanne); Gabriella, Gregory and Steven (Mom - Diana); Stepchildren: Kawanais, Stacey, Fred, Kalah. He also leaves memories to be shared by multiple nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives (in-laws) and friends.