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Obituary for Mezziah Devonta Kingslee Allen

Mezziah Devonta KingsLee Allen

The Heavens called Mezziah home on Friday, October 13, 2023, thirteen days short of being three
months old. He was a resident of Jacksonville, FL and was the most perfect little angel. Mezziah already hit some major milestones in life in his
short time here on Earth. He learned to smile, laugh and coo. His smile was brighter than the sun, moon
and stars combined. His laughter was boisterous and pure. He brought so much joy to his family, a family
that gave him love every chance they were given.
From the time Mezziah came out of the womb he made it his business to stare his daddy down. He
would pinpoint him from across the room and follow every move his daddy made. His daddy had no
choice but to hold him all day. Mezziah’s older brother, Kingston, adored his little brother. He would take
any and every opportunity to love on Mezziah, even if that meant a couple baby fists to the face. He took
the role of being a “good big brother” very seriously and was always helping his mommy take care of
Mezziah. Mezziah’s coos always sounded as if he was saying “I’m good.”
Mezziah loved cuddles from his puppy, Baby Bear. They were often found cuddling in their swing while
his mommy was working. He loved it when his grandparents, Royal, Rere, Melah and Sheed would stop
by to see him. That meant grandma was going to wake him up just to say hey and rock him back to sleep
again. He also loved spending time with his Meme and Papa. His Papa affectionately nicknamed Mezziah
“Cheese” because he was always smiling. “Cheese” turned into “Cheesy Porkchop” at home with
mommy and daddy. He was a chunky baby, never missing a meal or nap.
He made being parents so easy for his mommy and daddy. He didn’t fuss much and was very easy to
read. He would chill for hours without crying a peep. Just coos and laughter. Mezziah served a very
important purpose on this earth. He brought his family closer together. He filled his home with love and
warmth. He slowed the days down so the beauty of life could be appreciated and honored.
He was mommy and daddy’s borrowed Angel, beautiful and perfect in every way.
He is preceded in death by his uncle, Matthew Swiger, great-great-grandma, Lillian “Nannie” Williams, great-great-grandpa, Ardel Burney, Jr., great-great-grandma, LilaMae Hartzog, great-uncle, Thomas Brown, and great-great-uncle, James Johnson.
He is survived by his parents, Alissa Burney and Marquiz Allen, brother, Kingston Allen, grandparents, Melissa “MeMe” and Quan “Papa” Barnhill, Tomica “Grandma” and Robert “Grandpa” Brown, great-grandparents, Helen “Nana” Burney, Ardel “Papa Dell” Burney, III (Angie), Hilda “Granny” Bryson (Anthony), Ethel “Great-Grandma” Brown, and Leroy Wade, uncles and aunts, Jonathan “Unc” Swiger (Thai), Kayla Barnhill, Robert Brown, Jr., Ro’Neisha Brown, Rosheed Brown, and Royal Brown, great-uncles and great-aunts, Teresa Allen, Jessica Allen, Jennifer Johnson, Leroy Brown, Felecia Walton, Byron Burney (Lynn) and Ashley Burney, as well as cousins, Ro’Melah “Mela” Talbert and Aurora “Roar” Swiger.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Minister Robert Bryson officiating. Burial will follow in Bostwick Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm until time of services.
The family requests those who attend wear white, light colors or Jaquar colors.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Mezziah’s Book of Memories page at .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.