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Obituary for Izik Mikel Risby


Izik Mikel Risby was born on Friday, March 24, 2000, to Tamiko (Dunson) and Dondi Risby in Nashville, Tennessee.  Affectionately known as "Wudah Man", Izik was a very happy child who would wake up with a huge smile on his face everyday. Izik began his education at Harris Hillman Special Education School in Nashville.  While there, he was nurtured by special educator Kathy Moret until he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.  Once in Cincinnati, Izik continued his education at Roberts Paideia Academy, and most recently completed his junior year at Dater High School. 

Izik was very charismatic in his own way.  He was very much a people person, and a stand out in the crowd.  Izik often attracted children who loved to have casual conversation about his wheel chair.  Izik always loved to be outside and on the go.  He was also a night owl, and liked to hold his best conversations at midnight or later.  He departed this life on Monday, June 5, 2017 when God told our hero "Job well done." 

Izik's memory will forever be cherished by: his parents, Tamiko (Otis) Dunson and Dondi Risby; grandparents, Dorothy Goolsby, Gail Swoope, Eartha Nelson of Nashville, Tennessee, Timothy Harris and Emile (JoAnn) Risby of Atlanta, Georgia; siblings, Donell, Emile, Dionna, Elise, Darius, and Dominique; aunts, Felicia Rosemond, Bianca (Shawn) Sandidge, Nefertiti Nelson of Nashville, Tennessee, Renee Durant of Houston, Texas, and JoAnna Risby of Atlanta, Georgia; uncles, Glen Gramling of Atlanta, Georgia, Joseph Risby of Atlanta, Georgia, Tim Harris, Monte Harris, Justin Probst, Kyle Crail, and Brennon Crail; godparents, Ronell Moore and Nikia Reynolds; special caretakers, Juliet Jackson and Charity Davis, and a host of other relatives, extended family and friends in both Nashville, Tennessee and Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Visitation is from 10:00 am until 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3655 Harvey Avenue, Cincinnati, 45229. The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow at Vine Street Hill Cemetery, 3701 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.

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Walker Funeral Home of Walnut Hills is serving the Risby family.  Please call 513-251-6200 or visit for additional information.


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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

3655 Harvey Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229





11:00 AM
Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

3655 Harvey Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Cemetery Details


Vine Street Hill Cemetery

3701 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220


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