Steve was a good man who loved his family and friends. He was an avid fisherman who was at home on the water with his friends and his dogs in his pontoon or on his pier. He was also known to enjoy a cold beer and Alabama football.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 6 p.m. at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at noon at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. George Eric McCloud will officiate.
He is survived by his parents, Orville and Willodean; siblings, Bernie and Linda (Jimmy) Dodd; son, Judd (Charity); aunt, Jimmie Carol Sherer; companion, caregiver and best friend, Suzy Gurganus; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Steve was an employee of Brasfield & Gorrie for more than 37 years. He took pride in his work and the relationships shared with others he met through his job which took him all over the southeast. He graduated from Walker High School in 1973 and completed a four-year Ironworker Apprenticeship with Local 92 in Birmingham.
He was a man of many talents and interests. As a young man at his family home in Boldo, he was a Lionel train hobbyist and slot car racer. He rebuilt many automobiles and motorcycles, most notably his 1966 Fleetside short-wheel base Chevy pickup. He enjoyed trail riding with Jeeps and four wheelers and camping on Blackwater Creek. Over his life, he had many large freshwater aquariums. At one point, at the bequest of others, he manufactured and sold specialty size aquariums to others who shared his interest. Steve also owned numerous boats and enjoyed spending afternoons fishing and pulling his grandchildren up the Black Warrior River with his pontoon. For the last 15 years, he resided on Cedar Lake and had recently completed a new home.
Steve expressed his faith in Jesus Christ and confessed salvation. His faith has been evidenced through his gratuitous nature toward others and his willingness to help anyone needing a hand. He testified that there was not a day that went by that he did not pray and he was always willing to pray with others.