Stevenson Alexander Mitchem, age 51 was born September 10, 1965 to Donald and Dixie Mitchem. He went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Wake Forest Medical Center after a brief illness. He grew up in Tazewell, VA with many friends and family members and loved his childhood memories. His passion was football and he loved being a Bulldog and playing for a very special coach, Nick Colobro. With a lot of hard work and guidance from his Dad, he obtained a scholarship to VT, where he played for 4 years, gained more lasting friendships and earned a degree in marketing education. After graduating from VT, his passion turned to coaching Little League Baseball. He loved coaching his two sons more than anything in this world and taught them more than just how to hit a baseball. He went on to coach other children throughout the years, in baseball and football. He touched the lives of many with his advice, generosity, and sense of humor. His special nephews, "Bubbie" and "Hillbilly" will continue to work hard in sports and life, to honor him.
He will forever be remembered by his very special Dad and Mom, whom he loved dearly and his High School sweetheart and wife of 32 years, Sonya. Nick Blankenship said, "Big Steve had to go first, because he couldn't live without Sonya"; his boys, whom he was so proud of, Stevie and Josh, and daughters in law who were like his daughters, Jessica and Sarah; his treasured grandchildren who brought much joy and happiness into his life, Skylar, Brooks, Kylee, and Jake. His love for his family was immeasurable. He and his brother, Donnie had a special bond. There was nothing he wouldn't do for him. He loved to spend time with him and his loving family, his wife, Angie, his nieces, Johna, Lee Ann, Taylor, and nephew, "Bubbie". He was very close to his father in law, Pete Roberts, who he thought could fix anything that was broken. He loved him and admired him. He would spend time with him and Bonnie at family gatherings, along with Joe and Christa Ratliff and their three sons; special sisters and brothers in laws and their families, Danny and Diane Delida, Joe and Becky Mabry, Jonathan and Kayla Delida, Keith and Teresa Kinser, Joe and Wes, Jerry "Jerr" Bear and Missy Myers, Jackson "Hillbilly" Myers and Brody, Bill and Ronny Pruett, and Sarah Grace; a very special Aunt Patsy who was as good to him as if he were her own, and her husband, Uncle Raymond; his cousins who were like brothers, include Raymond and John Walker, John Patton and Slick Griffith, and Hunter who became like a son to him; special Uncle Johnny Griffith with whom he shared birthdays and always laughed when he was around him. He loved being around him and his wife, Linda. He loved his church, Tazewell Family Worship Center, Pastor Lawrence was his buddy and he was his body guard. He also loved his entire church family, and would have done anything to help them, because he felt so blessed by them. There are countless other friends and family who were so blessed to know him. He touched the lives of many and has left a legacy.
"The measure of a man is not how he acts on top of the mountain, but how he responds after he has fallen to the bottom". These were his words to his boys when they struggled with something...
The family will receive friends from 12 Noon till 3 PM Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Tazewell Family Worship Center where funeral services will be conducted at 3 PM with Pastors Lawrence Hayes and Don Waddell officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be directed to St. Jude Children's Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell, VA is serving the Mitchem family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com
Published on March 8, 2017