July 18, 1979 ~ August 19, 2021

Born in: Detroit, Michigan
Resided in: Grayson, Georgia

All of her life here on Earth, Koya Shakoor touched many people through her kind words and actions, her faithfulness and selflessness. She was a bright ray of sunshine wherever she went and she made sure that you felt that whether she was just meeting you for the first time or had already known you. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt and daughter. Her children were her drive, her determination, and her motivation to work hard, build herself up and always keep her faith. She moved to Georgia with absolutely nothing with her four young children to start a new life after living and growing up in Michigan her whole life. She was determined to make a better life for her children, and that is exactly what she did and more. She walked twelve miles to work when her children were younger, working full time, she made it to all of her children’s extracurricular activities with full support, she made it to all of the award ceremonies, and she gave them a strong role model to look up to as a single parent. She was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer in 2017. This began to shape her life in ways that brought out her creativity. Koya Shakoor was a poet. She wrote this poem titled:

“ Why Cancer Chose Me”
Because I am strong
I can not be broken
I will have a story to tell
I can help others
Help me meet new people
Get out my comfort zone
Quit smoking
Eat healthy
Make a way for others
Talk more
Share my story
Write a book
Get close with the Almighty
Understand others
Believing in forgiveness

This poem Koya wrote exemplifies how even when she was diagnosed with cancer, or confined to a wheelchair, she did not let any of that stop her from being the mother that she believed her children deserved, or that beautiful person that is a bright ray of sunshine that made you feel warm and loved. She was a superwoman. All while doing this, she always made sure to help others and spread love and kindness to them. She was loving friend to many. There are so many people who can say that Koya Shakoor helped them in ways that showed how genuine and lovely her personality was. The love that Koya left us with will forever live in our hearts and her spirit will forever live on.


Visitation: August 25, 2021 9:00 am - August 25, 2021 11:00 am

Grayson United Methodist Church
555 Grayson Pkwy
Grayson, GA

(770) 963-2944

Funeral Service: August 25, 2021 11:00 am - August 25, 2021 12:00 pm

Grayson United Methodist Church
555 Grayson Pkwy
Grayson, GA

(770) 963-2944

Gwinnett Memorial Park
925 US Highway 29 S
Lawrenceville, AG 30046


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  1. CandleImageKoya,
    Now you will live forever in all of our hearts, minds and memories. Even people who didn’t have the gift of your presence in their lives will know who you are; because we will all be sharing your stories, words, advice, deeds, strength, & the resilience you showed & shared daily through it ALL you displayed nothing but style, humbleness, faith and grace NO MATTER what was on your plate. A shining example of who to be and definitely goals, your soul lives forever, pain-free, stress-free, worry-free and lifted in prayer by family, friends, associates and even strangers. I love you Koko Blu 💙 Never lived a day on earth without you as my big sister and I won’t start now that’s for sure. You’re always with us and thats where you’ll stay, until we meet again sister 🥰 sister, Love ya 😘 Love ya Always & Forever!

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