A memorial service for Keith Marvin Charles Conception was held Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Center for Spiritual Living in Inglewood. Conception, 25, was born on Nov. 21, 1987, in Los Angeles and presented to the Lewis and Kimble families shortly after his birth.
Conception was a member of the inaugural high school class at Community Harvest High School, where he graduated in 2006. He played varsity basketball and was known for rhymes and dance, but it was in baseball that he stood out. He earned All-League honors in the Harbor League in his freshman year. He also excelled with the New Roads High summer team and the Buckeyes traveling baseball squad.
After graduation, Conception enrolled at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, where he pledged to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Zeta Xi chapter. He earned is bachelor of arts degree in sociology in June 2011.
After college, Conception returned to Los Angeles and began working for the city of Inglewood as an after-school counselor. His charming, funny and engaging personality made him a natural for working with both kids and the senior staff at the schools. Conception was in the final stages of securing employment at the Los Angeles Unified School District as a teacher when he died on Feb. 15.
He is survived his parents, Melba Lewis and La Verne and Wayne Kimble; a brother, Lorenzo Lewis (La Keisha); a sister, Latasha Lewis; nephews, Lorenzo Jr., Keshon, and Glenn Jr.; nieces, Loren and Kaitlin; an aunt, Leneal Casey (Gregory); cousins, Shonda, Sean, Kenny, Rayana, Amir, Brandy and Michael.