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.
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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.