Keontae Koreem Harper

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Keontae Koreem Harper was born October 23, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. He departed this life on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at Mount Carmel East Hospital. Keontae was baptized per his own request at the age of 6 years old; so we know he is sitting right next to the king. Although we are grieving this tremendous loss, please find comfort in knowing that God has big plans for Keontae, having only allowed us to borrow him for a short period of time.

Keontae was loving, funny, smart, handsome with dimples and a gorgeous smile, and he shined a light on everyone he met! Keontae was very athletic and dominated every sport he played; which included football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. Keontae was also a hard worker and was working at Little Caesars at the time of his passing.

Known as his moms Sonny Boy, his cousins Taetors, his grannys Main Man, Tae, and Tae kashh/Skilla Baby to friends, he loved music and would often freestyle. Keontae loved his friends, life, and family so much. He shared a special bond with his grandfather Michael Harper. Michael made sure that Keontae kept pocket change, and strengthened their bond via “man time”, sock and underwear day, and pizza dates at Tommy’s Pizza.

Keontae had many goals for his future. He planned to graduate from Independence High School in the class of 2024 and obtain his CDL license so that he could be a truck driver like his mommy. Keontae even encouraged his friends to do the same thing!

Keontae’s mom Katrice would like you all to know that she had 16 great years with him. While Katrice thought that she was a blessing to Keontae, she states that Keontae ended up being the biggest blessing she had ever received. Often referring to him as her best friend, true love, soulmate, other half, and her purpose; Katrice plans to live out all of the goals Keontae set for his life on earth, while he does amazing things in heaven.

Special thanks to the Harper Family, Garrett Family, Jeneé Jones (stepmother), Cousins, Friends, and the Blue Wing ICU Team of Mount Carmel East Hospital.
Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Harper Family, visit


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Condolence Messages

  1. Deborah A.Skiver

    John 14 : 1-6
    Katrice , I have not stepped either foot into any shoes, that you’ve recently had to wear, Almighty God Will sustain & keep you! God is the only one who will help all of Us. I can’t even imagine the pain & hurt you feel, There’s no Sorrow Heaven can’t heal, Lean & hold on to God’s unchanging hands . After things have calmed & settled down, you’ll be able to see the Rainbow after the Storm, Keep your Memories in your heart ♥️ & continue to Thank God for the 16 years that he gave you with Keontae. My Prayers are continuing for you & your Family. Your Co-Worker Deborah Skiver

  2. Christina Morgan

    Rest in peace young King.


    To Katrice and the Harper Family. You have my sincere and deepest condolences. Keontae was LOVED by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

    REVELATION 21:4 – And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed.

    Love and prayers,
    Cherie L. Fouse

  4. Charli Hammond

    My condolences to Katrice and the Harper family. Praying for God’s comfort and peace that surpasses all understanding.

  5. My Sincerest and Heartfelt Condolences

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