Thomas Stevens, Jr., age 88, of Christy Creek Road, Morehead, veteran, community leader, and retired farmer, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.
He was born April 4, 1928, in Carter County, a son the late Thomas and Nora Sparkman Stevens. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Stevens; a sister, Margie Byerly; an infant brother and sister; and a great granddaughter, Elaina Skye Robinette.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Janice "Evon" Fraley Stevens, whom he wed Dec. 24, 1952; one son, Randall Monroe Stevens (Debbie Lynn) of Morehead; one daughter, Brenda Winkleman (Carl) of Morehead; two nephews, John and Charles Byerly, who received devoted care from Tom and Evon; five grandchildren, Penny Henderson (Billy), Eric Stevens (Catie), Bradley Winkleman (Rebecca), Amber Robinette, and Lori Winkleman; and 7 great grandchildren, Haley Winkleman, Lakean Bond, Michael Robinette, Jada Robinette, Logan Winkleman, Isabella Henderson, and Ezekiel Stevens.
Other survivors include six brothers and sisters, Juanita Moore (Cecil), Deloris Stevens, Murvil Stevens (Sue), Gary Stevens (Helen), and Lillie Mae Hamm, all of Morehead, and Shelby Edwards (Tommy) of Jasper, Alabama; other relatives; his church family and many friends.
Mr. Stevens received a bachelor's degree from Morehead State University and a master's degree from the University of Kentucky. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War, a retired farmer and former owner and operator of Green Valley Nursery. Tom was also a talented musician, avid song writer, and author who enjoyed sharing his talents with one and all. He was an active member of Gideons International, the Rowan County Historical Society and the Haldeman Community Center. Known as an American patriot, he always remembered the veterans; on Memorial Day he would carefully place flowers on veterans' graves without flowers. Tom, a loyal member and former deacon at Elliottville Baptist Church, lived daily by his slogan: "Do something pleasing to God every day." He will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with Pastor Willie Sturgill and Pastor Tim Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Keith Pack, Kenny Adkins, Ron Riley, Rob Taylor, Dickie Blair, and Eddie White. Honorary pallbearers: Owen "Doc" Gray, Vernon Lewis, Dale Howard, and Lloyd Dean.
Visitation is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead.
View memorial tribute or sign guestbook at www.northcuttandson.com
Published on February 10, 2017