Timothy Dale Stevens, 39, Hannibal, Mo., went to be with his Savior on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023.
Tim was born June 29, 1984, in Red Bay, Ala., to Roger and Frances (Gregory) Stevens. He was married to Lana Croy on Dec. 23, 2005.
Survivors include his wife, Lana, and children, Chloe, Jacob and Silas Stevens, Hannibal; parents, Roger and Frances Stevens, Philadelphia;, sisters, Sarah (John) Knight, and Rachel (Michael) Cress, both of Philadelphia; father -in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Linda Croy, Cahokia, Ill.; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Tim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marvin and Vesta Stevens; and grandmother, Betty Lou Gregory.
From childhood, Tim enjoyed the outdoors and wildlife. He became an avid trapper and hunter of turkey and deer. He taught himself the art of game-calling, becoming quite skilled at calling in a tom turkey.
After high school, Tim graduated from Tri-State Baptist College in Walls, Miss., where he studied pastoral theology. While in college, he met and married his wife of nearly 18 years. Together, Tim and Lana were gifted by God three precious children.
As a young man, Tim asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into his heart and be his Savior. Because of his salvation testimony, we have confidence that Tim is now in the presence of the Lord. Tim followed God’s call on his life to preach the Word of God and become a pastor. He took every opportunity to share Jesus Christ and the hope of eternal life.
Tim had a burden for the people of Hannibal, so he planted Hannibal Baptist Church in 2010. He saw many souls saved, and helped the church establish a permanent home on U.S. 61 in Hannibal. He faithfully pastored for 13 years.
Tim instilled principles from the Word of God into every aspect of his family’s life. His greatest desire was for his family to love the Lord. He taught his family to appreciate God’s creation through hunting wildlife, growing produce and raising Red Wattle hogs.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Mo. Pastor Gary Winters will officiate. Burial will follow at the Philadelphia Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Stevens, Roger Stevens, John Knight, Michael Cress, Larry Croy and Joseph Zimmerman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Miner and Michael Cameron.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation that will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday, at Philadelphia Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Stevens’ Children Education Fund overseen by HOMEBANK.
Online condolences may be shared and video tribute viewed at www.LewisBrothersFuneralChapel.com.