Matthew Stevenson Jr.
Matthew Stevenson, Jr. was born March 17, 1968 in Sikeston, MO to Matthew, Sr. and Annie Stevenson. He had been a member of Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Chicago, IL. where he was baptized in 1974. Matthew attended and graduated in the Chicago Public Schools District. He received scholarships and awards for his athletic ability in basketball but decided to serve his country by entering the U.S. Army. He served 21 years in the military and during these years he had a tour in Desert Storm where he received a Bronze Star for Valor as well as for Bosnia and two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Matthew remained active duty until his untimely death.
He met and married Fedelia Franklin while he was in the military, who he vowed to love and cherish always. Matthew was a devoted husband, father, son and brother who loved his children, Anthony, Matthew III, Devin and baby girl Monica, dearly. Matthew was affectionately known as 'Jr.' by his family and 'Steve' by his military family. He loved cooking, playing basketball and making everyone feel at home and part of his family always.
Matthew leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Fedelia; his children, Anthony, Matthew III (Kamilah), Devon and Monica; parents, Matthew and Annie Stevenson; sisters, Patricia (Virgil) Jarrett and Mary Stevenson; grandchildren, Amyia, Naila Marai (aka Moo Moo) and Anthony Kareem Stevenson Jr.; in-laws, William and Nancy Franklin; sisters-in-law, Sandra Franklin, Cynthia Franklin and Phyllis (Richard) Thigpen, special nephew, Chris Stevenson; special nieces Janay Gardner and Quanience Thigpen; special brothers, Demetrius Daniels, Andre Keen, SFC John Coleman, Craig Davis, special sister, Yoruba Cook; host of cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends.
He was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Visitation will be held Friday September 11, 2009 at All Nations Worship Assembly Church in Chicago from 6-8pm. Funeral services will be Saturday September 12, 2009 at Main Baptist Church in Aurora at 10am - wake and 11am service. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery, IL.
James Funeral Service is serving the family 630-851-6503.
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Published in Beacon News on Sept. 10, 2009