Mateo Zoran Xavier Walker was born in St. Louis, Missouri on the glorious day of June 1, 1997, at Barnes Hospital. He was born to the parents, Marlesha Bruce and Alphonzo Bryant.
Although the doctors counted Mateo out a long time ago, with hope, faith, and prayers, we knew God was in control. Mateo continued to grow and excel, and as time went on, he beat the odds!
Mateo attended Saint Louis Public School System at Gateway Hubert Wheeler, where he received his high school diploma in May of 2018. Mateo was a faithful servant at Jesus Is All Family Worship Center, where he was baptized in Jesus’ name under the late and great District Elder Edward Lee Payne. He was a participator and tithe payer until he moved on. He loved him some Papa Peter, television, and eating delicious home-cooked meals. Mateo would scoot, turn, and move to the beat of his own drum. Never did he have a problem letting you know when he didn’t want to be bothered. Although allergic to mosquitoes, Mateo experienced many fun outdoor adventures and made friends along the way.
Mateo transitioned from this life on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Saint Louis University Hospital while listening to worship music. He was holding his grandmother’s hand, who was the first face he saw after birth and was now the face he would see. He had decided to give up the battle of a warring soldier.
Mateo was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marshall James Bruce and Lorenzo Bryant, along with his great-grandparents, Henry and Betty Westerfield.
He is survived by and leaves behind to cherish his precious memories: both parents, Marlesha Bruce and Alphonzo Bryant; godfather, Earl Johnson, Jr.; siblings, Zion Walker and all eighteen of his Bryant sisters and brothers; grandparents, Alicia Walker and Peter Lee Rockett; aunts and uncles, Jakia Payne (Timothy), Tiara Payne (Ronald), Neikos C. Walker, Verdis Davis (Dana), and Fitzgerald Davis; great-aunts, Glenise Shavers (Reginald), Francine Walker, and Felicia Townley; cousins, Neikos G. Walker, Khie Canamore, and Oscar Canamore; godsiblings, Harlem, Laila, Earl III, Etavia, and Dekiya; Jesus Is All Church Family; play girlfriend, Angelia Cunningham; caretaker And extended family, Stephanie Washington, Maleek, Sharde, Doyle, and Keith; the Moment Family; and a host of many other loving family and friends.
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