Christopher James Mateen

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Christopher James Mateen died unexpectedly in Columbus, OH on January 14, 2023, at the age of 43. Christopher will be welcomed in heaven by older brother, Jeremiah Tappin, maternal grandparents Paul and Mary Moreland, paternal grandmother Gloria Banks; Aunts Rosemary “Bump” Martinear, Barbara Williams; Uncles Louis Banks and Tommy Banks.

Christopher leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Keishauna (Conway) Mateen; his three children Joel Mateen Bennett and Joy Mateen-Bennett, his baby girl Malaizsha Mateen; his parents Lamont Banks of Charlotte, NC, Angela Mateen, and his stepparents James (Gail) Abdul-Mateen all of Columbus, OH; sisters, Shawntel Thompson of Atlanta, GA, Farrah Tappin of Columbus, OH and LaSheba Mateen of Lithonia, GA; his brother Joshua (Barbara) Mateen of Tampa FL; nieces Tiara Mateen of Atlanta, GA, Khyria Tappin of Columbus, OH, Alexis Straughter of Atlanta, GA and Anisa; nephews Kyrie and Kyrell Chapman of Columbus, OH; great niece Khylah; great nephew Jeremiah, as well as a host of other family and friends.

Born July 18, 1979, sunny side up and facing the world, Christopher became the fourth child of the family. As a young child, he was known to be very patient, happy, and often referred to as “too smart for his own good”. At age 12, he was invited by his 6th grade instructor to participate in the US chess championship game. He won 19th place out of 60 players proving that once he put his mind to it, there was nothing that Christopher couldn’t achieve.

At an early age, Christopher was known to be obedient and a protector but also managed to create chaos and mischief. In fact, he decided in the 6th grade he would take his baby brother, Joshua for show and tell at school. He almost succeeded until his mother caught him in the parking lot.

Christopher graduated from high school in the late 90’s and went on to obtain his degree in HVAC in the early 2000’s. His inquisitive and inquiry nature, lead his desire to ensure he was knowledgeable about EVERYTHING. He constantly perfected his crafts and knowledge base, so he remained prepared with an answer and/or step by step solution. He was naturally intelligent, a born leader and teacher. Even when faced with adversities in life, he was resilient. Christopher was eager and dedicated to crafting the best version of himself in this chapter of life.

Christopher was a reliable and committed employee with his extended family at Marlow’s Cheesesteaks. When not transcending in the kitchen, he assisted Ms. Betty Jo Nelson in managing her properties. Christopher ‘s most precious time was spent fixing things around the house, running errands or just spending time with his beautiful wife of 17 years, Keia and his kids or his family, whom he loved dearly.

He was also an avid sports fan, with his favorite team of all time being The Ohio State Buckeyes. He could tell you ALL statistics about the Buckeyes, inclusive of the players and the why behind the Buckeyes’ victories or defeats. Christopher is loved and cherished part of our family and we will miss him dearly.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Friday, January 27, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.).

Saturday, January 28, 2023 10:00 AM Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Sorry for your loss. Keeping you and family in my prayers.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. My prayers will be lifted up in the name of Jesus.

  3. Chris we are so sorry and will always honor your name! You were a hardworking and loving man and you kept my cousin happy and I know she will forever represent the man you were and are! Fly high

  4. We have known the family of Christopher for many years. They have always been kind to us. Christopher was a kind and happy person. I loved being around him. He visited my husband and l just about a month ago. Please rest in the bosom of Abraham. Love Mr & Mrs Sebastian Foster Sr.

  5. Praying for peace to the family during this difficult time.

  6. James and Gail and Mateen family so sorry for your loss sending prayers and condolences that God well lift up in prayer may Chris RIP

  7. Kenny and Valarie Duncan

    We wish you peace,courage and comfort in your time of sorrow you have our deepest sympathy

  8. Sorry for your lost Sis- May Allah give you console and comfort you as you and your family face the lost of Chris.❤️

  9. To the family of Christopher so sorry for your loss.
    I wanted to send this comforting message in hopes to give you comfort at this very sad time.
    Revelation 21:4 He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.

    Your Neighbor

  10. Prayers of comfort and condolences to the Mateen families in the mighty name of Jesus

  11. Although I didn’t know your son well, I have only heard incredible things about his generosity and kindness towards others. I am thinking of you during this difficult time

    We will continue to keep your family lifted in prayer

  12. Shanika Sheppard

    Although we only met Chris in June 2022 he quickly became family to us. We will continue to keep Chris’s memory alive !
    Love Jomar & Shanika Sheppard

  13. Cheneen Y Moore

    James our prayers are with you & your family! So very sorry to hear of your loss!

    Butch & Cheneen ❤️

  14. Walter Campbell

    To you, and your family, our deepest sympathy and prayers, we are truly sorry for your loss.

    Walter & Tina Campbell

  15. Praying for your loss, your family, and that God will comfort you in your time of need. He is there to see you through, he will never leave you or forsake you, God bless your family in Jesus name.

  16. I’m praying your family I feel lose without my best friend be here with me love you and will be loved and miss Mr.Mateen boy that was are thing love you. Always be in my prayers

    • Andrea Barrett - Retired CCS

      To James Abdul and Gail Mateen and Family: Just wanted you to know that “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” Lean on God for understanding and comfort. He will help you to get through these sad moments. I am praying mightily for your strength. God loves you and I do too.

  17. My sincere condolences. May the peace of God comfort you.

  18. Geraldine R. Williams

    Although I didn’t know Chris personally, but my Son-n-Law & Daughter Jomar & Shanika Sheppard spoke so highly of Chris. They always said that he was a God sent, and could depend on him without any worry. He was a dedicated worker, who took so much pride in his job and never complained about anything. Chris will Always be Remembered and in our thoughts. RIP Chris! Sending Heartfelt Condolences to the Family and keeping everyone in Prayer.

  19. My prayers and condolences goes out to the family and friends of Christopher.

  20. Jernell and Louise Logan

    My mom and I send our prayers and condolences to the family. Christopher and his family are wonderful people that I remember since childhood with many joyful gatherings. My heart hurts for you all.

  21. Lakeishia Fitzgerald

    Sending Prayers to the friends and family during this time.

  22. The Turner’s & The Domingo’s

    Continued Prayers To Our Children & Entire Family & Loved Ones! Navigating Through All Of This!
    In spite Of Any & Everything; We Give Praise To GOD Abba Father! For He Knew You! And His Legacy Will Continue To Live On Through His Children Joe’l Joy LayLay & Family & Loved Ones In Jesus Name Amen

  23. Keishauna, I am so truly sorry about your loss! Please know that I am here for you if you need anything! Feel free to reach out to me anytime! Sending love to you and your family!

  24. Latisha Woods and William Goodnight III

    Keia and Malaizsha,

    We are so sorry for your loss. I know how much Chris loved you both…and I’m so sorry that your time together was ended so abruptly. Just know that we’re here for you at anytime.

    Love you forever and always

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