Onjeray L. Devereaux-Hale
July 9, 2004 – August 14, 2018
Onjeray Lashic Devereaux-Hale was born June 9, 2004 in Seattle, Washington to Odyssey Devereaux and Uso Hale-Taamu. Summer time was a perfect time for his welcoming to the world, as his existence was a ray of light to everyone; and to everyone he belonged. Onjeray was raised in Seattle and Vancouver, WA throughout his life. He was blessed with a step mother, Lakia Wilson-Hodge, and an aunt (2nd mom) Simone Frederick, who dedicated their life co-parenting him. Along with a village of close family every step of the way.
Onjeray attended Thorndyke Elementary School of Tukwila, WA, Fircrest Elementary School in Vancouver, WA, and Highline Middle School of Burien, WA. He was just about to attend Bothell High School, as a Freshman this fall. He was the most compassionate soul and he was loved by everyone that came in to contact with him. Onjeray, affectionately known as “Onj” or “ OJ”, strived very hard in school and on the field. He played little league football in the South Sound area for the past 8 years. He recently picked up basketball and to no surprise he was a natural. He was known in the sports community as “OJ”. He took life and love seriously; he was devoted to both.
Onj’ was family-oriented and genuinely cared for those close to him and everyone in his circle. He was a respectful young man and took direction well. He was low-key, with a humble spirit and not materialistic. However, Onj’ was not allowed in the kitchen for two reasons because he was a terrible cook and he would eat all the pork chops.
Over the past 14 years, we were blessed with Onjeray’s love and laughter. He was a charismatic young man who had the confidence and energy to conquer the world. He loved everyone and was never judgmental. He was compassionate, especially for his mom and dad. Onjeray had a gentle spirit, LOVED mentoring younger children, and was the best brother in the world. He was adventurous, athletic, kind-hearted, and genuine. Truly Genuine! Onj’ was larger than life and left an indelible mark on everyone he crossed paths with. The people who knew him are grateful to have experienced his spirit and existence and he will be forever cherished.
Onjeray is preceded in death by his grandparents Sharyne Taamu & Alfreda Louise Devereaux, his cousin Zakai Bless. He leaves to cherish his memories, his mother Odyssey Devereaux and his father Uso Hale-Taamu and His step-mother Lakia Wilson-Hodge (David Hodge). Followed by Sisters: Ulexus Hale and Uleyja Hale. Brothers: Uso Hale Jr. and step-brother Christian Hodge. Aunts: Fidelia Hale (Ron Myers), April Hale, Simone Frederick (Leon Bless), Dajenae Carter, and Lechic Shyly Devereaux Franco. Uncles: Rico Devereaux Franco, Paul Carter II, and Montique Carter. Grandparents: Yevette & Paul Carter Jr, Jerry Frederick, Usoalli Taamu, & Marcel (Dianne) Sims. Prime family members who took part in his upbringing: Diona Edwards (Greg Jorden), Nicole Edwards, Chandrea Rose, and Lisa Weldon. First Cousins (more like siblings by another): Kiara Myers, Sayvaun Rose, Alvinna Hibbitt, Danny Wilson, Taijae Davis, Ronaisha Hale, Rolsean Sean, Dajaun Rose, Daychelle Wilson, Chydel Devereaux, Ronisha Hale, Alvinya Davis, Wilson Devereaux, Ronni Hale, Nathaniel “Nate” Jorden, Veron Lockett, Jeremy Jorden, Zoe Wesley, and Zaid Frederick-Stephens. In addition to a host of great aunts and uncles, cousins, and more cousins, tons of friends. Onjeray was truly a pinnacle in the youth community and our family. His memory will forever be in our hearts and his legacy of love will live on through us. on through us.
- Rosean Sean
- Montique Carter
- Tyrone Williams
- Nathaniel Jorden
- Nevante Chaney
- Danny Wilson
- Public Viewing Friday, August 24, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, August 24, 2018
- Repast to follow
Onjeray L. Devereaux-Hale
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September 15, 2018
I remember when I first met Oj, as soon as I met him I knew this guy was going to have a future in anything he wanted to do because he was so full of life. We stayed up all that night laughing and sharing memories. The next day we just played and got to know each other well. Oj always had a positive attitude, he lived with my cousin Lorenzo for a while and I knew from the first day I’m going to hang with him more often, he was a great person who worked hard for everything, we played one game together and I told him that morning “we need to be matching for the game because no one can stop us, your a indestructible powerhouse and I can’t wait to play with you in a few hours” before the game we both said that “good luck and I love you brother” no one on that team played as hard as Oj. When I first heard what happen I didn’t want to believe it. And when Renzo told me it just shattered my heart and I burst into tears. Now every time I step on a football field I play my hardest for you bro. Can’t believe your gone so soon, always loved and always cherished.