Hatem Timothy Eriste entered the world on June 17, 1987 in Newark, New Jersey. He was born to Frances Parks and Timothy Eriste and later joined by his younger sister Mika Eriste. Tim was raised by his mom, Frances and stepfather, Timothy Parks.
Although the beginning of his childhood was a bit rough, he managed to graduate from Ocoee High School in 2006. Later, he was honored with a basketball scholarship to attend and play for Volunteers State where he graduated college and became a successful entrepreneur. He went on to become a loving son, brother, and fantastic father.
Being known by many, it wouldn't be modest to say that he loved the game of basketball and no one could tell him that he was not the best at it. He would play nearly every day and in his mind, he never missed a beat since college. More than basketball, he had another love and family was it, family came before it all. If he never showed us how much family meant to him before, then he definitely showed us on the day he and Priscilla Martins brought his first and only son Makai Timothy Eriste into the world on July 11, 2014. His love for his son was undeniable, his "Young Bull" or "King Kai" as he would call him.
Even with the family trials and tribulations of his mother’s sudden discovery of breast cancer, Tim was the glue that held the family together. With his constant reminders that "We are all we have", "I got your back", and his famous "We are blessed, praises to the most high" Tim brought happiness, strength, and indescribable love in the air when he entered a room.
Kind, loving, ambitious, and a giving man he was. He brought joy to a broken heart with his jokes and smile, but God had another plan. He asked him to come home on June 28, 2017, but with the wisdom, love, and growing young bull he left behind, he is still here with us, not in vain, but in our memories and hearts and with that alone we love, admire, and cherish the legacy of Hatem Timothy Eriste.
He leaves behind his son, mother, father, five brothers, three sisters, three grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends too numerous to mention, and his fellow KINGZ.
"History Only Remember KINGZ"
Our hearts are with you all during this time of sorrow. Our deepest sympathy, with love and remembrance, today and always, may loving memories bring our family peace, comfort, and strength.
Bless, forever my cuz!
Jason & Tawah EristeGreenacres, FL
Although I am unable to make it I will be there in spirit. I would like to thank you for the good memories and fun times we had together. You grew into a very positive and motivated man and your legacy will live on through your friends and family forever. I appreciate all the advice and support you've given over the years about basketball and it will stick with me permanently. I want to extend my condolences and prayers to your family in this hard time and send my best. I want to thank you for the impact you've had on my life and you will be missed dearly. Love you bro, may you rest peacefully.
Najee NickleSyracuse, NY
I first met Tim through a heated basketball pick up game in 2004. Of course it would be basketball that linked us as it has been with many of his other friends. I remember we beat Tim and he was not happy. Tim was and always will be a winner. After the game we spoke with him and asked if he wanted to join our AAU team. Any one that knows Tim knows what an incredible basketball player he was. Little did I know upon him agreeing to play on my team that from that day on I would be gaining a consistent and life long friend and big brother figure. We spent that whole summer together and created a brotherhood that goes beyond just basketball. Even while states apart we managed to keep in touch giving each other updates on our college basketball careers and updates on life. Tim was one of the most positive and uplifting people you could ever meet. Even if you didn't believe in yourself he would. Tim also had one of the greatest senses of humor I've ever encountered in my life. There was never a time where we spoke and hysterical laughter was not involved. My heart goes out to his mother Cindy who was always so kind to me and my brother as kids, his sons mother Priscilla who I also grew up with through high school, his cousin Jermol who was also my teammate that I met shortly after Tim, and the rest of his family members that I don't know as personally. Tim impacted many lives in a positive way including mine. I am deeply saddened by his departure from this world. Tim leaves behind a legacy of love and positivity and I know his family is proud of the man he was as am I. It breaks my heart that I cannot attend the funeral but I will be there in spirit. I love you brother and will never forget the impact you had on my life. Thank you for being a great friend and may God rest your soul and ease the pain of your family.
Nicholas NicklePatchogue, NY