GAINESVILLE - Funeral services for Steven Keith Fleming, 44, of Gainesville are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville, with Dr. Eddie Chennault officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.|
Steven was born in Kerrville on March 26, 1969 to Lemuel Edward and Barbara Louise (Crisp) Fleming. He passed away on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 in Plano.
Steven worked as a Gainesville Police Officer his entire law enforcement career beginning on Feb. 4, 1991. He had 22 years and 9 months of service with the city of Gainesville. He graduated from Chillicothe High School in May 1988. He attended the University of North Texas as well as North Central Texas College. He graduated from Arlington Police Academy in Arlington, Texas in 1990. Steven was a member of the Texas Police Chief's Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT). He also had his PADI open water dive certification. He held a Master Peace Officer's Certificate, Instructor Proficiency Certificate, and was a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner. He logged more than 3, 500 police training hours. He served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee with the Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) as well as the CASA Board of Directors. Growing up he participated in both 4-H and FFA activities receiving the highest awards in each (4-H Gold Star Award and the FFA Lonestar Award), something he shared with his daughter, Maegan. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church, the Optimist Club, Gainesville Masonic Lodge 210, and the Fort Worth Scottish Rite. He was an avid hunter and fisherman enjoying the many deer hunting trips to the family land in Junction, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kimberly Kay Fleming of Gainesville; daughter, Maegan Elizabeth Fleming of Gainesville; mother, Barbara Fleming-Franklin and her husband David of Howe; brother, Jimmy Edward Fleming of Chillicothe; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Janet Hunter of Vernon.
He was preceded in death by his father on Dec. 9, 2003.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Steven Fleming Memorial Scholarship Fund, First State Bank, 801 E. California St., Gainesville, TX 76240.
You may sign the online registry at geojcarroll.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Nov. 5, 2013