Lamont Moses, also known as “Chef Smiley,” was a well-known caterer.
Moses died on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 of a heart attack at his home in New Jersey. He was 48.
He was born on July 17, 1966 in Philadelphia.
Moses was the owner of Happy Face Catering. Throughout the years, he has provided his signature dishes up and down the East Coast at weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, corporate gatherings, barbecues and grand openings. His clientele included celebrities such as Robin Thickie, P. Diddy, Judge Mathis, Christopher Williams, Tisha Campbell-Martin, New Edition, Idris Elba and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies.
His family said Moses was the energizer bunny that would provide catering services, then perform a “Superman” type of staging, by changing his clothes to hit the dance floor for the reminder of the night.
Moses never had formal culinary arts training, however he had a dream. His family said he continued to lay the groundwork of his dreams to complete any project from creating culinary dishes to building an additional room onto his mother’s house.
His mother, Marie Statham, provided him the spirit of a hustler. She instilled in him that if he has his hands, he could make a living.
“He literally used his spirit, creativity and personality to make a living by providing what brought people together, which is food,” his family said.
“We will miss his smile, energy and zeal for fun.”
He is survived by his children Jenica Colon, Lucy Moses, Lamont Moses, Monte Hendley, Alexis Moses and Avianna Moses.
Services will be held Oct. 18 at the World Harvest Christian Center, 7201 Westfield Ave., Pennsauken, N.J. Viewing is at 8 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is in Morgan Cemetery, Cinnaminson, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the memorial fund for Chef Smiley via http://www.gofundme.com/ChefSmiley
Gaither Funeral Home handled the arrangements.