Steven Matthew Rivers, Jr., lovingly known as “King”, was born on May 12, 2012 to Ayesha Rivers and Steven Rivers, Sr. in Jersey City, New Jersey. On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, God dispatched an angel to escort Steven home to be with him.
King was truly an angel here on earth. A baby full of smiles, love and very little tears that he shared constantly with his family and friends. He was daring! There wasn’t too much that his sisters would do that he wouldn’t himself attempt. He loved food and his “Juuuuiice”, in his words, and no matter how big or small the piece he would receive, it would require him to give a little dance.
King loved sports, and would sit with his Uncle Art watching football and no one could tell you he wasn’t following that game! Music…oh he loved music!!! He would dance around the living room with his Daddy Gee or play with him until he was ready to fall out!
King was a gadget baby, if it wasn’t a cell phone, it was the house phone, or a remote, oh and King we still can’t find the house remote.
His Auntie Fee was like a magnet for his kisses and hugs. Oh and his Grandma, he knew he was Grandma’s boy, he would see her and he would become overjoyed with love, happiness and run right to her legs. Milan was his partner in crime, Maya was his protector, Kay Kay and Madison were his nurturers. He was the only boy in a family of 7 women, he was truly a King in his family, and a symbol of love bringing unity into our family.
The biggest part of his life was his mommy! He loved his Mommy so much! Where you saw her you saw him attached to her leg or on her hip. Every day when she came to pick him up from school he would run right to his cubby and they would meet each other there with kisses and smiles and hugs in a way you wouldn’t think she had just dropped him to school that morning! Even as young as he was he was protective of his mom, and limited contact with anyone when he was around! They were soul mates, he was her “tackling fuel” and she was his everything. King will truly be missed!
Surviving to cherish Steven’s precious memory are his loving mother - Ayesha Rivers and step-father; Galieus Octalien; father - Steven M. Rivers, Sr.; sisters - Ahmaya, Kamaria, Milan, Emilliani and Alyssa; grand-parents - Arnita Rivers, Darren Rivers, Kyshon Rivers, Brenda Lilly, Willie Mae Rivers, and Steven Rivers; great-grandmother - Dorena Daniels; aunts - Falicia Rivers, Pamela Jones, Vonnie Delbridge, Jeanne Taylor, Darlene Rivers, Soncerae Muhammad, Yolanda Caballero, Ciara and Maya Rivers; uncles - Darcel Rivers, Darren D. Rivers, Wayne Michaux, Arthur Umebuani, Aziz Abdul-Saboor, Mikal Saboor, William Epps and Elijah Rivers; dear family friends - Emanuel Klein and Reggie Prioleau; also survived by a host of cousins and other loving relatives.