Levi David Anderton
Beautiful and lit from within, Levi David Anderton passed away on Apr. 17, 2020, in San Antonio, TX, in a three-car accident. Recently Levi had been living in San Antonio, returning to Hamilton and Kansas City for frequent visits.
Born on Feb. 11, 1987, in Kansas City, MO, Levi and his family moved to Hamilton during his infancy, remaining there until after graduating from Penny High School. For many years Levi was the only black person in Hamilton, yet managed to befriend and ‘win over’ almost everyone he met (there have been some who resisted friendship despite his best efforts), and made a lasting impact on all.
Two balloon releases in San Antonio (many thanks to Black List Car Club and other car friends in San Antonio), and one in Kansas City, were conducted in Levi’s honor with everyone telling their favorite Levi stories. Some common themes in the stories were: how pure and gentle a heart he had, that open anger seemed foreign to him, and how all loved and respected him.
The surprises continue in the sheer numbers of people whose lives Levi influenced with friendship and kindness. Levi mentored several friends and acquaintances, helping them into the IBEW. If they weren’t interested in electrical work, he helped them find positions that better suited them – carpentry, car mechanic; Levi had friends everywhere. His parents have received condolences from friends, parents of friends, and friends of friends indicating how all who knew him had great and lasting affection for him. He left the earth too young. Forever he will be 33, but we can say that Levi was a success.
The quote by Albert Schweitzer sums up the legacy of Levi Anderton, he says, “What we do with our lives, individually, is not what determines whether we are a success. What determines our success is how we affect the lives of others.” Herein, we understand Levi’s brand of success. Thirty-three short years. We’ll miss you, Levi. The world already seems a little colder, a little darker. We love you forever. See you soon.
A party will be held in his honor at his parents’ farm on July 17, 2020; come if you can. All who cared for Levi are invited and welcome. We’ll have good food, music, a bonfire, and share our personal memories of a beautiful young man.