OBITUARY

Kristopher Mark Madden

January 14, 1996July 2, 2018
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Kristopher Mark Madden, age 22, died on July 2, 2018 at his home in Mint Hill, NC.

He was a much beloved son, brother, uncle and friend.

His memorial service will be held at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.

www.gofundme.com/kris-madden-memorial-fund

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
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Josh Biggerstaff

July 16, 2018

Some of my favorite memories of Kris come from making videos with him. He was a natural and could improv his way through any scene flawlessly and the rest of us just had to desperately try to hold it together while he worked his magic. No one could predict where a scene was going when Kris was at the helm, but he always delivered. The best moments came from just hitting record and letting Kris do his thing. He had a true gift and it was always so much fun to experience it.

Debbie Russell

July 12, 2018

Sherri, we are just heartbroken over the loss of Kris. He was such a sweetheart. He will be dearly missed. I love the way he would always join in wholeheartedly in all the family fun. His heart was as big as he was.
Please know that we are keeping you and your family always close in prayer.

Love, Debbie & Lance

JaneAnn Bilon

July 12, 2018

Sherri and family,
We Sellers cousins share in your pain and loss and pray that each day brings you more comfort knowing that Kris is in God's arms. We love you and keep you close.
JaneAnn, Larry, Jon & Tiffany Bilon
Sherwood, Arkansas

Kim Schroeder

July 12, 2018

Kris! My favorite nephew. I will miss you so much. So many memories and so much fun throughout the years.

Each of your siblings have different strengths, wether they are smart, creative, funny, or talented. You were the one with a little of each sibling. I called you "The Whole Package"! You had it all.

You were so fun to hang out with. So many memories. Two of my favorites - when I was so sick one summer you and Gabe came to hang with me . We played countless Sorry games. Yes, I was the Sorry Champ!! Before you left we laid on my bed and said nothing. Just laid there for a few minutes. Then you said,"I love you Aunt Kim". No big deal, just pure sweetness!

The second memory is my last memory of you. It was Mothers Day weekend at Aunt Fern's. You ran errands with me. We were goofy at Walmart, laughing at stupid stuff. On our way home there were 2 cousins selling lemonade. We stopped to support these little guys. It was so funny , you and I laughing all the way back to the house.

We had a major Sorry battle at your mom's house. We all missed you so much. Yes, they accused me of cheating ( not true!!) . It truly was the longest game ever. And of course, I am the Sorry Champ!! One more win in your honor!

I love you so much, my heart hurts that you are gone. I find peace and joy in the fact that you did know the Lord. I am grateful that you aren't tormented anymore and you are living that billionaires life- richly blessed in heaven.

I love you , Kris! 💙💙💙

Sonya Coco

July 11, 2018

Sherri, I remember meeting you at grandma’s house in Helena at the family reunion. Watching your family grow was fun, you always had a baby for us to hold. All of them have been adorable babies and beautiful young adults. As they got older we didn’t see them much, but through social media or pictures. I remember one time Kris came with Kim for a family reunion in Sherwood. I think Mack said, it was him, Kris and Gabe together. He said, they had a good time together. All the Coco family from Arkansas sends their love and prayers. We are saddened by the loss. However, he will always be in our hearts. We will remember the fun times and his smile. Hold on tight to your faith, we know Jesus will carry you and the rest of the family through this. You have amazing faith, stay strong. The same for Kelley, Kourtney, Kory and Kyle, all of you hold on to each other and find strength and love. Please know we will be praying for each of you, including your spouses and children. Taylor, wow what a great thing to put up the go fund page, so many people showed their love. Sherri, you have lots of blessings. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 We love you all.

Jeanne Onstott

July 11, 2018

Sherri, I have such great memories of getting to know Kris over the years. He was always so personable and friendly! I remember playing ‘Apples To Apples’ at Ginny’s house with him-my 1st time to play that game! And our fun Tissie/Cousin trip when we all spent the night at Kourtney and Taylor’s. He was so sweet!

Karen Barber

July 11, 2018

Kris, although I never met you in person I feel like I know you through your mom. (My older son is one of her Latin students.) Everyone can tell how much your sweet mother loves you and your brothers and sisters. God gave her five children because He knew that she had more than enough love to give each and every one of you. I know there were difficult times growing up, but I hope that you never wavered on whether your mom and siblings loved you through the trials. Your precious mom has a heart of gold and a heart for Jesus! Thank you for sharing her with other kids like my son Jake. It's easy to see the love for her students by how much time and effort she gives "all things Latin." You touched so many lives just like your mom does every day.

Henny Rau

July 9, 2018

Henny Rau

July 9, 2018

....and he made every. single. person. feel special, beautiful, and important. I don’t know if Kris realized the impact that he had on so many, but I know many people, myself included, who felt confident and loved because of his caring, thoughtful spirit.

Kris,
You challenged me to make myself vulnerable, to feel deeply, to live life to the fullest, to reach for my dreams, and to never ever judge a book by its cover (or a person by their appearance or reputation).

Thank you for filling my life with joy and adventure. There was never a dull moment with you.

22 years was a much too short time for Kris to be on this earth, but he made more of an impact in his 22 years than most people do in 80.

So here’s to Kris.
Let’s challenge ourselves to live like him. Give 110% always, never be afraid to speak your mind, love others deeply and without judgment, and make it your goal to bring a smile to those who feel invisible.

Kris was the life of the party, and I’m sure he still is as he’s watching over us. Heaven gained a good one last week.

Thanks for being your stubborn, hilarious, bold, vibrant self. Miss you more than you know. Your light will shine with us forever.

Love you always,
Henny

Henny Rau

July 9, 2018

I feel so incredibly blessed to have gotten to know Kris in the way that I did. He has one of the richest souls, full of raw curiosity and an energy that he couldn’t help but share with others.
His fun-loving, curious personality was displayed daily through his fearlessness to speak his mind and his gift of never failing to make the whole class burst into laughter at any moment.
However, once I got to really know him, I discovered the thoughtful, genuine, and loyal Kris that I came to love. Kris taught me so much - about life, about love, about friendship.

I grew up a lot with Kris, as he challenged me in every way possible, and I am a much stronger person today because of him. Whether it was our late night drives talking about our hopes and dreams, 80s throwback dance parties, cooking dinner with Ms. Madden, scraping up wax from all the candles that melted as he asked me to prom, or goofing around throwing pencils up to stick in the ceiling during math class, Kris never failed to make me laugh and bring a huge smile to my face. Nothing will ever beat his smile though. His dimples and chipped tooth lit up any room, and they couldn’t help but bring a smile to everyone else’s face as well.

My friendship with Kris was truly one in a million. I have never met someone with a more vibrant energy. It was contagious. Kris gave 110% in everything that he did, and he inspired everyone around him to do so as well. Whether it was a track meet, dance off, heated debate, his own comedy improv, or soccer game, Kris was the last one standing and he never backed down from a challenge.

Speaking of challenges, Kris faced many in his life. My favorite thing about Kris is his perceptive nature and how intentional he was with the feelings of those around him. Kris struggled with feelings of insecurity and loneliness, like we all do at times. However, through his own struggles, he noticed each and every person who struggled in a similar way... (to be continued)