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CARLTON PATRICK ARRINGTON JR. In the quiet hall of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, a unique conversation unfolded between Ms. Katrina Dorsey and her doctor on March 22, 1992. The doctor, puzzled upon reviewing the chart, inquired about her due date. With a sense of destiny, Ms. Dorsey replied, "Today, March 22." The doctor, amused by the coincidence, noted, "This rarely happens, I guess he is following directions early!" At 7:02pm that evening, Carlton, Sr. and Katrina joyfully welcomed their first son, Carlton Patrick Arrington, Jr., into the world. A robust and lively baby, he weighed 9lbs 3ozs and measured 23 inches in length.
Carlton Jr., affectionately known as "Lil Pat," received his early Christian education from loving parents, grandparents and extended family at The Garden of Prayer Baptist Church. He was active in Sunday School, the children's choir, junior usher board and the Move in the Spirit Mime Ministry. This is where he confessed his love for Christ and was baptized at an early age. He will forever be remembered for his role as Jesus in the annual Easter play.
Lil Pat received his early education in Baltimore City and County Schools and spent his high school years at Loch Raven High School, where he excelled in both academics and athletics. After graduating in 2012 from Coppin Academy High School, he continued his education at Essex Community College.
"Wait a minute, Ma, let me share some highlights." Carlton would say, reflecting on his life. From an early age, Lil Pat was drawn to sports, often following his father to the basketball courts. While he dabbled in other sports his heart was set on football from the very beginning. A week after coming home from the hospital, he was already posing for a photo with his hand raised high, as if signaling a touchdown.
Lil Pat's love for sports was evident from a young age. Introduced to baseball, basketball and football by his father, he played for the Overlea Recreation Council from ages 5 to 14. In high school, he continued to excel in all three sports with a particular passion for football. As a quarterback and running back, he broke numerous records and showcased his exceptional skills, harboring dreams of making it to the professional leagues.
Lil Pat's life was a testament to his passion for football. He lived and breathed the sport, setting his sights on every goal with determination. His most cherished moments were on the field, especially the unforgettable touchdown that clinched the Loch Raven vs. Eastern Tech game. Despite injuries and health challenges, his commitment to the game never wavered. The presence of his family and friends at games meant the world to him. Their unwavering support fueled his ambition and love for life.
Lil Pat's career journey was as diverse as his talents. He started in flooring alongside his father, ventured into trash services in Baltimore County, and even explored the food service industry, humorously experimenting with vanilla extract in meatloaf as a "special ingredient."
Lil Pat's bond with his family was unbreakable, and he cherished them above all else. Amusingly, not only was he fast on the field, he often displayed his speed by running away from his mother when being disciplined. He knew he was the apple of his father's eye, and the word "No" didn't mean a thing to him because his father gave him the world. Keyona would often cover for her brother to keep him from being punished. If he threw away his food, she would say she ate it knowing he didn't. Lil Pat was ecstatic when he witnessed the birth of his sister, Kaelyne. From this Lil Pat became very possessive and protective of HIS baby sister no matter her age. Finding out that a baby boy would be joining the Arrington clan, he knew he had a mini him to coach and protect. He loved being able to teach him about sports, life and girls. Lil Pat was known to agitate with his playful ways. Often greeting many family members by pinching their cheeks. He loved to dance and swore he could out dance the entire family. Aunt Dee Dee's and aunt Tiffany's home was a place of solace and understanding, where he could reflect, regroup and be himself without judgement. His cousins were not just relatives but also close friends and companions in his journey. Together, they shared countless hours hanging out, playing video games and dancing as a pastime that brought them closer and allowed them to create a world of their own. These activities were more than just entertainment; they were a bonding experience, filled with laughter, friendly competition and mutual respect. His family was his support system, offering advice, a listening ear and a distraction when needed. This bond strength of family ties was a testament to the and the comfort that comes from being understood and accepted by those closest to you. He left a lasting impact on his family, Instilling in them the values of teamwork, perseverance and the joy of sports. His legacy continues in the lives he touched, who will forever cherish the moments spent. He loved his family and would take on any challenge to protect them. They were his greatest love. His bond is unbreakable and because of this he didn't say goodbye, because he is always with us.
Tragically, Carlton's journey on earth concluded unexpectedly on January 11th, coinciding with his grandfather's birthday. He departed without a final goodbye, leaving a void in the hearts of those who loved him. In the afterlife, he was greeted by his grandfathers, Robert Dorsey, Sr. and Joseph Arrington; grandmothers, Evelyn Dorsey and Addie Arrington; and several aunts and uncles.
He leaves behind a legacy of love and memories cherished by his parents, Carlton and Katrina Arrington Sr,; siblings, Keyona, Kaelyne and CaMaury; godparents, Loveonya Grant, Enger Martin, Aaron Wheeler, Chanika Malloy and William McElveen. God siblings; Tanesha Chester, Kolby Wheeler, Shamira Morgan, McKenzie Guy, Marcus Jeffries, Tanesha and Tre'McElveen. Cousins that are more like true siblings; Rontae Adams, Michael Neal, Anthony N. Jones, Jr, Devaughn Willocks, Vashae Dorsey and Michael D. Neal (Lil Mike). Carlton has numerous aunts, uncles and cousins that were dear to his heart. His village of friends extends beyond measure. Carlton's life, though seemingly brief, was immensely full and impactful. His unrelenting passion, determination and love for his family and sports will forever be remembered and celebrated by all who knew him.