Christopher Johnathan Lamar Rayam
17 May, 1987 – 10 January, 2021
Christopher Johnathan Lamar Rayam was born in Orange, New Jersey on May 17th, 1987 to Candace Williams and Randy Rayam. He was called to join his Heavenly Father on January 10th, 2021.
Christopher and his family moved from Newark, New Jersey to Tallahassee, Florida in 1991. He was the youngest of 3 children and known as the baby of the family. He was a quiet child to others but a spirited talker to his family and friends. At a young age he displayed a fiery spirit and an undeniable love for wrestling, gaming, and basketball. Christopher was raised and educated in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Leon High School in 2005, where he had a true passion and devotion for basketball. He was captain of the basketball team and was awarded Defensive Player of the year. Christopher went on to play college basketball in Erie, Pennsylvania and San Diego, California. He was a loyal friend, the ultimate jokester, and as witty as they come. His profound love for his family was indescribable and truly unmatched. Christopher loved the Lord and it showed in his daily tasks and motivational conversations with friends and family.
Christopher was the father of 3 daughters: Laylah Rayam (12), Kaleigh Rayam (8) and Nylah Rayam (2). He was the epitome of the word Father. He was a fearless protector and an amazing provider. He cultivated such a loving home environment and built the most unbreakable and everlasting bond with his children. He viewed being a father as an honor and a privilege. Whenever you saw Chris, you saw one of his daughters and could not help but admire his display of unconditional love for his girls. Christopher was a hard and dedicated worker. He was committed to doing his best and making others smile. He worked as a devoted Crew Member at Trader Joe’s and was a remarkable Kitchen Captain and Corporate Trainer at Hooters of Tallahassee. His co-workers explained him as confident, funny, and loyal. He had a passion for cooking and always created new sauces and dishes for his work family at Hooters to try.
He is survived by his three daughters: Laylah Rayam, Kaleigh Rayam and Nylah Rayam and his loving girlfriend, Shandrika Stevens of Tallahassee. Mother; Candace Williams of Jacksonville, FL, Father; Randy Rayam and Stepmother Cheryl Rayam of Tallahassee, Older Brother; Joshua Rayam of Tallahassee, Older Sister; Sophia Rayam of Miami, FL., Nephew; Jeremiah Rayam of Atlanta, GA, Stepbrother; Juan Alegria, Stepbrother; Justin Alegria, Stepsister; Jessica Alegria of Tallahassee. Grandfather; Apostle Leonard Rayam of Newark, NJ. Step Grandmother: Earnestine McMillian of West Burlington, IA. and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He is proceeded in death by his Grandmother; Mattie Mae Rayam, Grandfather; Pastor Willie Williams and Grandmother; Eleanor Williams.
The Rayam family will receive friends on the evening of Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 6-8pm in the Capitol Room of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home - 1737 Riggins Road. The family will host a private funeral service on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11am. You may join the livestream at www.facebook.com/meadowwoodmemorialpark
Visitation with Family and Friends
Thursday, 21 January , 2021
Private Funeral Service
Friday, 22 January , 2021
Christopher Johnathan Lamar Rayam
21 January 2021
I Met Chris at hooters in 2017 best man I’ve ever met stand up guy great communication skills and always talked about his kids he was driven to make them happy... we’re both from Jersey so we had something to bond over... I found the news out today that he passed and it broke me into pieces anytime I was in trouble Chris would come running even if I was right or wrong I love you man I always will this hurts
21 January 2021
Chris was the highlight of my nights at work. He was more than a coworker. Over the past four years, Chris had become a friend. His energy at work always lit up the shift. When he came in, I could always look forward to a vivacious “My Guyyy” or “Big Guy”! Which always made me laugh. If he was ever having a bad day, it never showed. I can honestly say he always came in, in great spirits which was one of my favorite things about him. Oh and his music selection, forget about it! Everyone knew when Chris’ phone was hooked up to the speaker in the kitchen. His music was unmatched! Someone could be playing music and when Chris walked in, the aux was switched over almost immediately! lol
Chris will be more than missed. His work ethic, friendship and advice will be always in my heart.
18 January 2021
Randy, Cheryl, shan and Chris family my deepest and sincere condolences for your loss, Chris will be miss he always was very respectful and kind. Always had a smile on his face. praying for his children and keeping everyone lifted up in prayer 🙏 Louise Huffman
Wardell & Cynthia Peterson
17 January 2021
Sending our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
16 January 2021
Randy and Cheryl my sincere heartfelt condolences to both you and Chris's family . He accepted me like his own biological grandmother. He was to me like my biological grandson, I loved him dearly and enjoyed the times we spent together. My prayers for his beautiful children and the love of his life, Shan. Allow God to comfort you and give you peace.
Your mother inlaw
13 January 2021
Dear Candace and Randy,
We are all so sorry to hear the news about Christopher. He was such a fine young man, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our prayers are with your entire family -- especially Chris's beloved children -- and we ask God to watch over you in this time of grieving.