Quai Maurice Horton was born March 21, 1999 to Iesha Shade Butts and Richard Horton in Des Moines, Iowa. He was educated in the Des Moines Public School System and would have graduated in June of this year. His favorite subject was graphic design.
Quai was a quiet, well mannered young man. He was always eager to help and he was especially close to his siblings. He was very protective of his younger siblings and cousins. As a typical teenager, he loved his music and hanging out with friends. Playing music and video games were the favorite after school activities. Quai had the memory of an elephant and was very intelligent. He swam like a fish from the time he was a toddler. He was fearless when it came to diving. He liked football, weightlifting and was very competitive. In quiet times he liked to journal. He was a published author with an entry in “The Courage of Boston Children”.
Quai’s talent and gift was in spreading light amongst those who were lost. He dreamed, and listened and cared.
On February 7, 2017 Quai stepped from time into eternity when he answered the Master’s call. He was met on the other side by his brother, Keontae Horton; Grandpa James Brown; great grandma, Carol Keannna; and uncles, Ronald Shade and Carlo Brown.
Left behind to cherish Quai’s memory are his parents, Iesha Shade-Butts and Richard Horton; his siblings, Richard Horton Jr (Virgene), Tazge Shade Butts, Shellvonne Fuller, Ayerra “Tia” Battle, Zaid Horton, Ariah Horton, Amarah Horton, Davarie Horton, Deja Smith, and Destiny Foster; grandparents Alfred and Jennifer Butts, Cherie Walker and Roger Horton; great-grandparents, Rev. George and Margaret Shade, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and numerous friends.