Monte Kadeem Horner entered this world on August 19, 1995 in Columbia, Maryland. He was 26. This quiet-natured, kind-hearted, gentle-spirit was the joy of his parents--Kim Latrice Cousin, Stanley Horner and his step-mother, June Horner ("Mama June"). His parents adored his quiet nature...his humble spirit and his hidden talents. Baptized at Union Bethel AME Church in Randallstown, Maryland, as a child and throughout his adolescence, Monte was very involved in church and school activities and Cub Scouts. He was also a good student academically. He attended Clemmons Crossing and Longfellow Elementary School, Atholton Adventist Academy, and graduated from Atholton High School (in Columbia, Maryland) in 2013. \r\n\r\nThrough his father's influence, Monte discovered a love of sports. He loved all sports, especially basketball and football, and thrived in that world. He participated in team sports from playing on the Jaguars of Columbia and the CCC Warriors (as a little leaguer) to playing wide-receiver in high school. He could play it all--basketball, soccer, football, and track and field. This love of sport (of game) continued to grow and mature throughout his life--both on and off the court even in the video games he selected. \r\nHe loved professional sports, and although he was a talented athlete who could have been the star player...that was not his desire. What Monte loved the most was the actual team work...the team effort... not the personal glory of personal achievement. He loved the world of sports so much that he could ramble off sports facts and stats in an astounding way. He was smart, intelligent and filled with hidden gifts. Monte was humble, not a braggart, not a glory seeker; he did not seek the limelight. Rather, he loved contributing to a shared effort, a shared goal or aim to ultimately win as a team. This, to those who loved him, will remain his legacy, for it is better to join in and help than to put one's self on a pedestal. He wasn't comfortable "in that skin"; he was shy and contributed where it counted (without the personal focus). When we view this world of countless Facebook and Instagram selfies and consider the "Me Generation" that Monte lived in, he was refreshing...himself...unique...and beautiful, for there is strength in humility...and power in not being boastful, but humble instead. \r\n\r\nMonte's love of sport eventually led him to Frostburg University and Frederick Community College where he earned a Certificate in Business. He eventually transferred to Towson State University where he was pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management. Monte was one semester away from graduating. His dream was to one day become a Sports Manager or to work with athletics on the collegial level. He chose a career path that would have led him to helping others achieve their personal goals...again...reemphasizing his love of team.\r\n\r\nMonte had a unique childhood for he had two loving households. From infancy until 3rd grade, he lived with his mother (Kim), and from 3rd grade until graduating from high school, he lived with his father (Stan) and step-mother (Mama June). He loved them all. He had a special bond with each of his parents, and each parent gave of themselves and loved him immensely and shaped his life collectively. \r\n\r\nMonte inherited his mother's shyness and quiet spirit that we all loved so much about him. She and Monte were extremely close and loved each other immensely; it was unshakeable bond. He was a good son to Kim--one that she absolutely adored and cherished and loved beyond measure. He brought kindness, joy and laughter to her life. He was also a loyal son...a dedicated son...a son that loved his mother dearly and would do anything for her. This love extended to his father whom he admired and wanted to live up to. Stan was a top athlete--a football star-- so Monte's affinity for sports is attributed to his father's influence on him and the direction that his father gave him. Monte loved his father. In fact, he never left a conversation without saying to his father, "Dad, I love you." This memory...this fact...will remain with Stan forever. He also loved and adored "Mama June," and she adored him. She considered Monte her son as well. They had a special bond that was unwavering. Monte loved hanging out in "Mama June's" kitchen with his Aunt Pat. He loved her cooking (especially her salads) and would often order food "a la carte" just for him, and she was happy to fulfill his every wish. Monte loved her and never left a conversation without saying... "I love you, Mama June." Many of us only go through this life with two parents (some with one...some with none), but Monte had the love and influence of three. That is a blessing.\r\n\r\nMonte was also an enigma, for despite his shyness, he was an award- winning orator and extremely witting and funny. In fact, he was so witty and "quick on his feet" that before you knew it, you were laughing or in awe of an observation made. His mind was just that "sharp". To help with his shyness, his parents and his brother (Marc Horner) encouraged him to participate in many oratory contests at church and he won each one. He even won $2000 in scholarship dollars, given his talent. He had amazing oratory skills that were beyond his years, but "walked through" his life not realizing these gifts. He was tall, handsome, athletic, in-shape, quite-natured, intelligent, unassuming, gifted, and to "top it all off" had dimples you could see "a mile away". All of these qualities were "winning" qualities, but to Monte, they were no big deal. He was just that humble in spirit...just that unassuming...no ego intact. He had enduring qualities that we should all admire.\r\n\r\nMonte is survived by his: mother, Kim Latrice Cousin (Frederick, Maryland), father, Stanley Horner (Columbia, Maryland); his "Mama June," June Horner (Columbia, Maryland); brother, Marc Horner (Renee) from Columbia, Maryland; sister, Lauren Horner (Columbia, Maryland); brother, Chazmen Everett; cousin, Lee (Columbia, Maryland); and grandmother, Ann C. Cousin (Columbia, Maryland); He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David A. Cousin, Sr., Ralph Pritchard (Mary), and Buddy Horner (Anna Lou). Monte also leaves surviving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. \r\n\r\nMonte, we do not know why the Lord sought to take you from us so soon just as your life was really beginning, just as you were moving in such a positive direction, but we do know this, your life had meaning...it had value. You will remain loved for the rest of our lives and live in us all. Your humble spirit will never be forgotten. You were a good son, Monte...and very much loved by all. \r\n\r\nMay your quiet spirit now rest with the angels.