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Fred B. Stevenson

December 17, 1922 June 22, 2010
Fred B. Stevenson
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Fred B. Stevenson, 87 of Huntsville, Alabama went to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 22, 2010. He was born and raised in Ardmore, TN then moved to Huntsville where he has been a lifelong resident. He was a Sergeant in the US Marine Corp during World War II and a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corp in the Korean War, and served in Luzon, Philippine Islands, South Pacific, Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Mindanao, Japan, and Korea. He also taught ROTC at the University of Virginia. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with the \"V\" and Oak Leaf Cluster from the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was a member of the Ardmore Masonic Lodge # 24 for 50 years. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Electrical Engineering, then entered the Civil Service at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL in July 1955 and retired in May of 1978. He was later inducted as a member of the USASMDC Retiree Hall of Fame. He was on the Tennessee Valley Chapter Honor Flight trip on May 31, 2008.He was a member and deacon of Morningside Baptist Church. His major hobby was nature photography and enjoyed bird watching and traveling. He received a Certificate of Graduation from the New York Institute of Photography and UAH. He was an avid bass and fly fisherman, also well known for his custom built fishing rods and tied fishing flies. He started the first community watch program in Huntsville in March 1979, where he later became known as the \"Grandfather of Community Watch\". He organized and was a member of the Tennessee Fly Fishers and member of the South-Eastern Council Federation of Fly Fishers where he received a Lifetime AchievementAward, Man of the Year, Charlie Brooks Life Memorial Award, and the Lapis Lazuli Award. He was also a member of the National Wildlife Federation, AL/TN Trail of Tears Remembrance Association, TN Valley Audubon Society, National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, and the Huntsville Botanical Gardens where he taught Birding101 Classes. He was a mentor to many.He was preceded in death by his wife Christine Mullins Stevenson, his parents: Cletis J. and Francis Mae Merrell Stevenson of Ardmore, and brother, Dr. James H. Stevenson of Decherd, TN.He is survived by his daughter Patty (Curtiss) Baldwin of Huntsville/ Grant, AL, a sister, Doris Secrest of Ewing, KY, granddaughters: Christen Cannon of Huntsville, AL, and Courtney Baldwin of Arab, AL, great-granddaughter: Morgyn Cannon, great grandson: Ethan Layhew, nephew: Jim (Lynette) Mullins of Huntsville, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and a long list of lifetime friends.Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 25, 2010, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home with Pastors Marty Jordan and Don Cox officiating. Burial will be in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, AL with Military Honors.The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday, June 25, 2010, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama. Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to the Hummer Bird Study Group Inc. at ATTN: Bob Sargent, P.O. Box 2500, Clay, AL 35048, or Morningside Baptist Church.

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