Thomas "Tommy" Alvin Stephens III of Maysville passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at his home south of Maysville at the age of 45 years. He was born Aug. 11, 1967, in Oklahoma City, to Thomas Alvin Stephens Jr. and Myrtle Vendeline (Derksen) Stephens.
Tommy lived in Maysville all of his life, graduating from Maysville High School in 1985. After graduation, he went to work as a lineman for Mark Sallee Electric and then REC, where he worked as a lineman and safety coordinator. Tommy started his bull riding career while in high school, and had an IPRCA license for independent rodeo. He raised Greyhounds, bucking bulls and other livestock. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Tommy enjoyed playing all sports, and always won Winans Junior Olympics while in grade school. He loved watching OU Sooner sports. He married Charlotte Hagler on July 30, 2005, at Love Baptist Church. Tommy's lifetime dream was to have a bull in the PBR, and that dream was fulfilled by his bull, Tommy Boy, in the last week of his life. He was a member of Cornerstone Community Church in Pauls Valley. Tommy will be greatly missed by all of his family and many friends.
His survivors include his wife, Charlotte, of the home; daughters, Gretchen Stephens and Sophia Stephens of Noble, Callie Christian and husband, Zac, of Ada, and Chesney Moore of Noble; son, Chris Moore and wife, Kim, of Ardmore; brothers, Marlin Krause and wife, Claudia, of Ada, and Jim Krause and wife, Ruth, of Victoria, Texas; sisters, Jean Koehn and husband, Larry, of Ft. Cobb, and Nan Burrows and husband, Dan, of Maysville; seven grandchildren; and many other relatives and many, many friends.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas A. Stephens Jr. and Myrtle Stephens Peterman.
There will be a visitation for family and friends from 6 to 8 this evening at Winans Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Maysville, with Rev. Brian Black and Rev. Zac Christian officiating. Burial will be in the Paoli Cemetery, under the direction of John Williams of Winans Funeral Home, Maysville. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.winansfuneralhome.com.