Harold David Steppleton

Tuesday, March 7, 1950 - Saturday, May 4, 2024

Loved His Lord, Family and Country

Photo of Harold David  Steppleton  - 1950-2024

Harold David Steppleton, Sr. age,74, a good and kind man whose presence was as steadfast as the mountains among which he lived, passed away on May 4, 2024, and entered into the glorious kingdom of Heaven.

David was born March 7, 1950, in Haywood County where he has made his home all of his life. He was the son of the late James Woodrow Steppleton and the late Hilda Marie Cook Steppleton. David was a man who was blessed with many friendships growing up and all throughout his lifetime. His love for his country was as profound as his love for his family. He served with honor in the United States Army, a testament to his bravery and his commitment to our freedom. His service was not just a duty- it was a reflection of his character.

He was employed as a police officer with the Hazelwood Police Department for 11 dedicated years and also David contributed 16 years of loyal work with BASF Corporation in Enka, retiring in 2002.

David will be well remembered for his passion for sports, he was a man who always taught the values of teamwork and sportsmanship throughout his coaching years. He was a coach for the Waynesville Youth Midget Boys Basketball Team since 1984 and also served as Vice President of the Waynesville Youth Basketball Program for 15 years. He dedicated his time to Youth Football since 1982 and also David took his place on the field coaching Youth Baseball and Youth Softball. He was a true leader and inspiration to the many children whose lives he touched while coaching.

A devout Christian, David was a lifetime member of Center Pigeon Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon. He loved his church and his church family.

It was David’s great love for his family that truly defined him. He was a light in the lives of his precious wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his sister, and his brothers, and his memory will be forever etched in their hearts. We pray to find comfort in the life lessons David has taught us and we each should strive to be like the example of the good, true, and wonderful person who he was. Until we meet again, we shall miss him deeply.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Larry Steppleton; aunts and uncles, Ruby and Hillary Gibson, Edith and Ray Cooke, Guy and Gerri Cook, Martha and Junior Mease and Earl Cook.

Surviving are the love of his life and his beloved wife of 51 years, Maxine Lawrence Steppleton; a daughter, Marie S. Rathbone, and Dean; a son, Harold David Steppleton; grandchildren, Erin Pruett, Caleb Rathbone (Azia), Hunter Holcomb, Brittany Steppleton, Brandon Steppleton, Jesse Rathbone, and Zakary Rathbone; great-grandchildren, Carter, Gerald, Kameron, and Pressley; a sister, Linda Church and Bambie; a brother, Roger Dale Steppleton and Carolyn; an aunt Zanie Cook and a host of nieces and nephews and cousins by the dozens.

A funeral service with military rites to honor the life of Mr. Steppleton will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Center Pigeon Baptist Church.  Reverend Alan Blanton and Reverend Scott Poole will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Center Pigeon Cemetery. Honored to be serving as pallbearers will be John Inman, Caleb Rathbone, Thomas Purcell, Jesse Rathbone, Brandon Steppleton,  Zakary Rathbone, Scott Forga and Phillip Frye; honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Henson, Dale Steppleton, Wayne Crow and Brendan Church.

Memorial may be made in Mr. Steppleton's memory to Center Pigeon Building Fund, 224 Center Pigeon Baptist Church, Canton, NC 28716

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is greatly honored to be caring for the Steppleton family.



Condolences from family and friends

Our thoughts and prayers are with David's entire family. He was a great friend throughout the years. May you find comfort and rejoice in knowing he is in a better place.
R.J., Doris, Richard, Amy and Haley McCall
We are heartbroken by the passing of our dear friend. He was such a sweet person and we will miss him deeply. He loved to laugh and was always willing to sit and talk awhile so im sure he is sitting at the feet of Jesus right now having the best talk ever.
Wayne and sandra crowe
Maxine and family my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. David was a great man and I will always cherish all the years we worked alongside each other during football and basketball seasons. He will be missed by all!
Dianne Gray
Sending my condolences to Maxine and the rest of the family. David was the nicest person I was proud to have been able to play softball for him he will truly be missed by so many
Amy Barnett
David was a very nice man and a respected Police Officer. Hadn't seen him in several years. My sincere condolences to his family.
Bobby Milner
We loved David so much. He was a true friend. Our prayers go to his wife and family. God bless his memory.
Ronald and Kathryn Young
We loved this dear man and family. He was FAITHFUL as a friend, a Deacon, and Husband. He is no longer suffering in the land of "No Mores" but he will be missed! Prayers for this whole family!
Pastor Scott, Rhonda & Family
Our condolences. Brother David was a great blessing and encouragement to me and my family for many years. We look forward to seeing him in heaven. We will be praying for the Steppleton family
Rob Burke
David, we did not see you often, but it will be hard to go to visit Center Pigeon and not see you. Family, you have our prayers.
J. D. and Judy Grant
So sorry to hear about David leaving this earth. He will be missed. I remember him loving kids and making sure they were taken care of and making sure they played a fair game. I loved hearing his bird call. It was the most authentic one I have ever heard. I have also been privileged to see him put his all into the things of the church. One thing especially was the fruit bags at Christmas. I am thankful our paths crossed. Thankful for the blessed hope that we will see him again!!- Amy
Joyce and Amy Downs
Maxine and family: Please know you all are in my prayers during this sad time. David was a gentle giant who never changed. His love of his family, the kids he supported, and his friends was always present in his smile. Many memories of him & Eddie during the Hardee's days, and I'm sure Eddie was there to greet him, and they are sitting by the river catching up on old times, Hold on to the memories for they will always keep him with you even on the darkest of days and loneliest of nights. Knowing this is only a temporary goodbye hopefully gives you comfort, as a Heavenly reunion awaits.
Sharon Johnson Franks
Maxine, Linda and Dale, Marie, Little David and grandchildren. David was a great friend, christian, deacon, husband, brother, grandfather. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. I love you guys and I'm praying for you.
Sandra Epley
So sorry to hear of David's passing! He was a good friend all of my life. We went to church and school together, for as long as I can remember. He and Maxine were so good to my Mother and Father, picking them up and taking them to church after Dad was unable to drive anymore! Thank you Maxine for your and David's special ministrey. Love you and praying for you!
Regenia and Bryon Deaver
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Maxine and family at this time. David will be remembered for all his many years of devoted service to our youth, his commitment to his family and friends, and his dedication to the most High! Let not your hearts be troubled!
Edward Moore
Maxine and family, we are so, so very sorry for your loss. I have known you almost my entire life. I remember when you lived next to us on Keller Street and David would swing me and Willene around at the same time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you, Dawn and family.
Dawn Ratcliff Buchanan