NEWPORT NEWS - Joseph Milburn "Joe" Stevens III, 62, was born Dec. 28, 1948, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The second son of James and Leona Stevens. He came to Newport News, in 1960, after traveling across the United States, across the world to the Philippines, and back to the U.S. to settle in the Shipyard Apartments in downtown Newport News. He attended Newport News High School and in 1968 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. The Army and his responsibility shaped Joe in a profound way and affirmed his belief that he had so much more to offer in his life.
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Joe came into his own in the Army, qualified and earned the rank of E-5 in company F 75th Rangers 25th Infantry Division. He separated from the Army in October 1970, after two tours in Vietnam. Everyone who knew Joe, heard stories of his tour days and knew them almost as well as he did.
In 1971 while attending T.N.C.C. and working part time, he met Martha, the person whom he was meant to share the rest of his life with. They married in 1973, settled down and remained in Newport News.
He began his career as a firefighter with the City of Hampton in 1978 and shortly after enrolled in the Paramedic Program. During this time, he also earned a B.S. degree at Hampton University. He retired from the Hampton Fire Department as a captain in 2003. He enjoyed retirement, caring for family members, close family friends, reading, playing with his 2nd love "Coco," facebook time, seeing friends, and most of all, spending every second he could with Martha.
The depth of which Joe will be missed is just now starting. He left us so suddenly, so quietly - not at all what we would have expected from him.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Martha Ann Little Stevens; and his son, Joey Stevens; in-laws, Gary and Peach Little of Toano, Paul and Karen Little of Midlothian, Amy Little Denson and Chris of Newport News; nieces and nephews; great nieces; a brother, Steve; and sisters, Karen and Becky. He touched, saved, and enriched many lives. Joe will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by us all.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, followed by a time of visitation until 6 p.m.
Please leave online condolences at www.wjsmithandsonfh.com
Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from June 12 to June 13, 2012