William Milford

William Stephen Milford

Thursday, January 31st, 1952 - Saturday, August 10th, 2019
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Memorial services for William Stephen Milford, 67, of Murchison, will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens with Scott Hernandez officiating.

William passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 10, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones in Tyler, Texas.

Steve was a native Texan, born January 31, 1952 at the Osteopathic Hospital in Dallas to Lou Frances Milford. He was a member of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, participating in the Webelos, Explorers and Order of the Arrow programs. Throughout his scouting years, he earned his Eagle Merit Badge with three palms and the God and Country Award. He was a member of the Sontsu Indian Dance Team for the Order of the Arrow in the Mikanakawa Lodge. Steve graduated in 1970 from H. Grady High School in Dallas and later went on to attend college, although he never finished his degree. He met his loving partner, Linda, in 1995 in California and they soon started their life full of adventures together. He was a devoted partner, father and grandfather. Steve had a passion for puzzles and loved to teach his grandchildren how to put them together and solve them. He enjoyed going to the movies and loved making it a family outing. He also enjoyed reading and would read to anyone about any important information or fascinating books he got his hands on. He enjoyed history and sci-fi, but his most prized possession was the moments he spent with his family. His family paid tribute to him by saying, “Steve had an infectious smile and was so joyful. He loved being surrounded with family. He had such a big heart, a great sense of humor and would light up any room he was in, he touched many hearts, made friends easily and was loved by many. When it came to family there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them”. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Lou Frances Milford and his brother
Phillip Raymond Bass.

He is survived by his loving partner, Linda Clayton; children, Karen Brewer, Tammy Sari, Brian Milford, Renee Milford; grandchildren, Cheyenne Tomlinson, Taylor Ashley, Koda Brewer, Sabrina Villarreal, Brian Villarreal, Madison Milford and Avery Milford; brother, John Milford and numerous other family members and friends.

Even though he might not be around laughing and enjoying new memories with us, we know he’s watching over us. Heaven got a new angel and he will forever be in our hearts. Although ‘your wings were ready our hearts were not’.

Memorial contributions may be made to assist with funeral expenses.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.
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    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 2:00pm
    Hannigan Smith Funeral Home
    842 SE Loop 7
    ATHENS, TX 75752
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    Scott Hernandez


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John Milford

Posted at 11:52am
I miss my big brother! It's been one year since he passed away. I'm gonna keep him alive in my heart for as long as I live!

John Milford

Posted at 12:35pm
Feeling melancholy. I've lost so many family members who were close to me; the last of which was my brother.
Found a poem that lifted my heart:
© Tamarah M. Olsen
Published: April 2015
My memories are what I have left,
and a lesson I will not forget.
The time has come when time is no more
and all that's left was once before.
The memories so dear and true,
those memories of me and you.
Although we fell and stumbled at times,
all those hills were necessary climbs.
All the times when your heart shined through
are the greatest memories I have of you.
I will always remember you, brother of mine.
In my heart I will keep you, so I will be fine.
I will go forward with my head up high.
It might be hard, I cannot lie.
But in my heart you will be,
moving forward, you with me.

John Milford

Posted at 10:12pm
William Stephen, aka Stephen Milford

John Milford

Posted at 05:33am
My Tribute to my Brother, William Stephen Milford
William Stephen Milford passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 10, 2019 at the age of 67. His last moments were surrounded by loved ones in Tyler, Texas.
He was a native Texas born at the Dallas Osteopathic Hospital on Ross Avenue on January 31, 1952. He is preceded in death by his Father, Bill Franklin Milford, his Mother, Lou Frances Smith-Milford, and his half-brother, Phillip Raymond Bass. He is also survived by one brother, John Ernest Milford.
As a young child, Stephen participated for many years in Scouting. He was a Cub Scout, a Webelo, a Boy Scout, an Explorer, and later a Junior Adult leader in Scouting. He was a Brotherhood member in the Order of the Arrow, a member of the Sontu Clan Indian Dance Team, and was featured in numerous “tap outs” as Kitchkinet (an Indian representing brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service to others). During his time in scouting, he earned countless merit badges which merited him the rank of Eagle Scout with three palms. His faith and his belief in brotherhood earned him the nationally acclaimed, God and Country Award. Stephen’s camping experiences took him to many states including Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, Washington state, and of course all over Texas. During all these years, he learned the meaning of friendship, brotherhood, and teamwork while making many, many friends.
Stephen was a graduate of H. Grady Spruce High School in Dallas, back when the students supported a concept call “We Care”. He believed strongly in that philosophy and it helped him through his life.
While married to a lady named Barbara Ann Blank-Milford, they had two wonderful children, Allison Renee Milford (my Niece, a Registered Nurse) and Brian Andrew Milford (my Nephew, currently studying to become a Medical Doctor). Stephen also has two lovely Grand-daughters in Conroe, Texas who he never got to meet (Avery Ryan Milford and Madison Marie Milford).
For about the past 25-years, my brother was in a very loving relationship with Linda Clayton. She stayed by his side until the very end. He is also survived by his current loving family which includes his partner, Linda; his other Children, Karen Brewer and Tammy Sari; and his Grandchildren, Cheyenne Milford, Taylor Ashley, and Koda Brewer.
He was devoted to the people he loved. His hobbies included being surrounded with family and friend, working puzzles, reading history, watching Sci-Fi movies, and play video games on the computer.

John Milford Posted at 05:41am

Growing up, as my older brother, he frequently beat the crap out of me because of my smart mouth. He could beat on me, however, no other kid could - he was my defender. Frequently, he would get caught hitting me which got him in trouble. I would just grin big at him and that would make him even madder. One time, at Lake Mena in Arkansas, our Dad told him to teach me to swim. He drug me out to the middle of the lake and let me go. I was so mad at him, I wanted to get to him to kill him. Hence, I swam toward him all the way to the shore. After that, I was never afraid of swimming again!. I learned many life lessons by watching him get in trouble. I learned from his lessons as well as from my own I loved my brother and will miss him VERY much.. John Milford

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