The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 6 p.m. at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at noon at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. George Eric McCloud will officiate, Collins-Burke Funeral Home will direct. Honorary Pallbearers will be Danny Tate, Chad Tate and Ernie Cordova.
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; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Steve was an employee of Brasfield & Gorrie for over 37 years. He took pride in his work and the relationships shared with others whom 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, 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 66-foot fleetside short-wheel-base Chevy pickup. He enjoyed trail riding with jeeps and fourwheelers 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.