Steven Riley Cates-Mobley, born March 23, 2002, passed suddenly on December 16, 2020, at the young age of 18. He is survived by his mother, Tiffany Mobley and father Allen “AZ” Griffiths, who were dedicated to him, loved him, cherished him and fought fiercely for him to be accepted in this crazy world. God welcomed him as he was met by his grandfather, Stephen R. Mobley, great-grandfathers, Floyd A. Mobley and Riley Richards, sister Morgan Thompson and his beloved Auntie Ryan Flaherty. Steven is survived by his uncle, Steven Richards (Shyla and Jaime), great-aunts - Sarah Mobley-Elmer, Becky Slovacek (Jimmy), Rhonda DeLoache, Renee Abernathy, great-uncles - Gordon Mobley (Annette), Terry Richards (Victoria), Bill DeLoache (Grace), great-grandmothers, Maudie Jenkins, Marianne Owens and Sheila Richards. Steven is also survived by his Aunt Amber Frick and Aunt Stephanie Applewhite, Auntie Elaine Frick and Ama June Flaherty, Aunt Cassie and Uncle Charles “Chaz” Russell. Steven was loved by a host of cousins and extended family.
Though autistic, at the age of three, Steven fought through barriers and made a way in this world. He graduated in the spring of 2020 from Kingwood Park High School and was attending college where he just completed his first semester of college with a 4.0 GPA. He was excited to obtain his BA in Graphic design.
Steven “The Gentle Giant” has been described as “the kindest, gentlest soul to ever walk this earth”; he “loved any and everybody with the purest and most unconditional love”; “most amazing kind of young man anybody had the privilege to know”; “funny and very caring”. Simple things in life brought Steven great joy and he saw the wonders of the world that so few can see. Anyone who knew him fell in love with his huge heart, caring sensitive nature, and constant smile.
The family would like to thank all the educators that he had the privilege of meeting and learning from with Humble ISD. They truly were the unsung heroes in his education and accomplishments. The family would also like to extend their deepest gratitude to two of his best friends – Brady Sausnock and Natalie Burkett.
Steven was a beacon of love and hope - that light has gone out in this world we live in and Steven will be greatly missed by all. His family would like to thank everyone who reached out during this devastating time.
A memorial in his honor will be held at Rios Funeral Home (21036 Loop 494, New Caney, TX 77357) on Tuesday, December 29th at 3:00 PM. We hope all that can attend will come.