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Kanem Osei Sledge
August 27, 1972 ~ September 24, 2023 (age 51) 51 Years Old
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A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, at The Delta House, 4925 Forrest Road, Columbus, GA 31907. Minister Bobby Hough is officiating
Mr. Sledge was born Aug. 27, 1972, in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of Carroll Sledge and Kaffie Hough Sledge. Kanem Sledge worked in television from 1991-2019. He began his career at WLTZ NBC 38 as a production assistant and ended it as a senior director at WRBL-TV3. From 2003 to 2006 he was guest trainer at what was then called Auburn University’s High School Journalism Workshop. For two years he also taught media at Chattahoochee County High School, Cusseta, GA.
Mr. Sledge graduated from Kendrick High School in 1990 and attended Chattahoochee Valley Community College and Troy University.
Teaching and mentoring young people was one of his passions. He was shrewd, keenly observant, and had a great sense of humor. And throughout his life, he always seemed to attract strays.
When his parents brought his baby brother home from the hospital, he asked, “Why do we love him? We don’t even know him.” That love never dissipated—even when that teen little brother sold a pair of his sneakers (without his permission) to the boy next door.
Mr. Sledge will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, his giving and forgiving nature and his loving ways. Friends and acquaintances often referred to him as “The Big Man.” He was indeed a gentle giant. He did, however, stand up for what he believed in, and he did not back away from a fight.
Predeceased by his father and aunt Martyne Hough, Mr. Sledge’s survivors include his wife Pamela; sons Kaden Sledge, Liam Sledge, Gavin Sledge and Roman Sledge; his mother; and brother Kegan Sledge (Sylvia), all of Columbus. Also his grandmother, Mary G. Hough; and aunt Anna Maria Wilkes (Karl) of Columbia, SC; uncle Bobby G. Hough (Geneva) of Port Orange, FL; and aunt Anna Frances Hawkins of Chicago.
The family would like to graciously thank all who assisted in any way in the family’s time of need and grief.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to an organization that gives food to those with food insecurity, or one that provides shelter for the homeless.