Daniel “Danny” Aaron Stevens
On June 30, 1943 , Daniel (Danny) Aaron Stevens was born in Orange , to the Rev. and late Mrs. Henry L. Stevens, founders and longtime pastors of the North Orange Pentecostal Church .
Danny’s three sons were also born in the Orange area; Daniel (Buzz) Aaron Stevens of Decaturville , Tennessee ; Rocky Alan Stevens (deceased) and Craig Russell Stevens and wife, Dawn of Minden, La.
Since being a grandpa, Danny’s happiest days were spending time with his grandsons Andre, Timothy and Gabriel Aaron. Bessie Carroll of Orange is a friend, caregiver and longtime companion to Danny.
As a ‘big brother’, Danny recalled his favorite childhood memory growing up in Brownwood and said “it only seems like yesterday” that he led Sissy and his four little brothers down trails that Big Lake , Blue Hole, and Cow Creek to go swimming. Naomi Stevens resides in Pearland; Samuel (Sammy) Stevens and wife Linda of Sulphur, Nathaniel Benjamin (Benny) Stevens and wife Debbie of Orange; Michael Stevens and wife Claire of Houston and David Stevens wife Karen of Bridge City.
Also, survived by 12 nieces and nephews, two great nieces and one great nephew.
Danny’s life of fishing and hunting began as a toddler with his father and grandfather. As a teenager he enjoyed Lake of the Pines with Aunt Rosie and Uncle Jack, fishing and swimming there with many cousins. His purchase of houses on the bank of the Sabine River at Indian Lake gave him the perfect place to collect antique cars and ride motorcycles on country roads. It was a favorite spot to hang out with his buddies, brothers and his boys. It was here that on any day one could meet up with Danny for a rabbit, squirrel or coon hunt and then hang around for his ‘story telling’! And everyone has a favorite story to tell about Danny.
In 1996 Danny purchased a family place on Toledo Bend …..the big house across from Stevens Point at Carmichael ’s Marina . Danny participated in the Stevens Family Reunions for 38 years. His place and his knowledge of fishing on Toledo Bend will be remembered and treasured forever among all that were lucky enough to have fished, hunted or just hung out with Danny. Toledo Bend is where Danny met the challenge of being an uncle, he enjoyed the nieces and nephews’ and shared his skills and more stories of big ones that got away.
Danny dreamed of running cattle on the land he owns in Louisiana , in preparation for that he designed his personal brand and registered it with Livestock Brand Commission of Louisiana. Over the years Danny gave tours and hunts to any brave enough to follow him through the barbed wire.
Danny developed a love for the elderly when two of his great aunts needed watchful loved ones to care for them local nursing homes. Dan continued visiting area nursing homes for fifteen years. He added singing ‘old time gospels’ to his visits. Danny called it his ‘ministry ‘. He’s been missed by those who depended on seeing him weekly as his illness escalated.
Danny served in the U. S. Army; Bamberg, Germany . He was honorably discharged after three years of serving his country. He has stayed active in the Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion.
Danny’s mother, was an ordained minister, pastor’s wife and mother of four at the time she answered the call to become a Boy Scout Leader. Danny’s love of nature was what it took to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. It was the heroic deed of saving the life of a small boy in a lake that border the family’s home that caused Danny to be recognized by the City of Orange and the Sabine Council of Boy Scouts of America.
He gained many ranks as a rifleman and is a member of the American Rifleman Association. ‘Dead Eye Dan’ is the nick name given to Danny. As just a kid, he could out shoot his dad and most adults.
Danny faithfully attended the annual Youth Camp of the United Pentecostal Church in Lufkin. He never missed Camp Meeting right up to the beginning of his illness.
Danny completed his basic Blueprint Reading at Levingston, worked at Bethlehem Steel, Mobile Oil and retired with The Iron Workers Local 125.
Danny and the five other Stevens children graduated from Little Cypress High School. They all attended all 12 years each at the Little Cypress School. Danny was active in the Key Club and served as Treasurer. He was voted the Neatest Senior of the class of 1962.
All of Danny’s siblings are grateful to those who took the time to call, visit and pray for Danny during his lengthily illness, especially his Little Cypress classmates. Danny attended San Jacinto College Houston.
The family also thanks the Fairdale Fire Department, Rev. Bo Owens, Doris Weiss, Odessey Hospice, Garden Terrace, Windsong Village , The VA Hospital Houston, St. Elizabeth Hospital Beaumont, Outreach, Karen Breaux, Fuller Plumbing Hemphill, Dorman Funeral Home, Helen Clark, The North Orange Pentecostal Church, Thomas Ladner, Bubba McNeely, Pearland EMS , Beachwood neighbors, Betty Lawrence, John Crenshaw, Tammy Taylor, Amber Grisso, the Rev. David Berkheimer and a host of doctors, nurses, staff of hospitals that cared for Danny.
Danny’s biggest and life time hero is still living…..his father; Rev. Henry L. Stevens resides in Bridge City with son David.
In lieu flowers a donation may be made to The North Orange Pentecostal Church in honor of his eldest son, Daniel Stevens, 7144 Highway 87 North Orange, Texas 77632.
Bessie and The family of Daniel Aaron Stevens invites you to join in celebrating Danny’s life at 10:00 am, Saturday, Oct. 15, at the North Orange Pentecostal Church 7144 Highway 87 North.
A reception is to follow.