Steven Errol Epps joined his Heavenly Father on February 22, 2014. Steve was born at Mare Island Naval Hospital, Vallejo, California January 14, 1941 to John H. Epps and Sarah Elaine Randall Epps. At 11 months of age, while his father was serving aboard a submarine in the Pacific, he and his mother were living in Honolulu, HI when the Japanese Imperial forces attacked Pearl Harbor. Within several months, he and his mother returned to the states for the duration of the war. During his father's 31 year naval career, Steve attended schools in Panama Canal Zone; Key West, FL; North Charleston, SC; Monterey, CA; Groton, CT; Norfolk, VA and Portsmouth, NH. His death was preceded by the deaths of his parents, John H. Epps, CDR, USN - Retired and his mother Sarah Elaine Epps and brother-in-law Mike Rogers. Steve is survived by his loving wife, Kaye Epps; his sisters, Karen Cheatwood (Don) of Taneytown, MD, Christine Rogers of Sumter, SC; son, John Steven Epps (Jessica) of Yorktown, VA; daughter, Stephanie Christine Peter (Kevin) of Downingtown, PA; granddaughters, Mackenzie Elaine Peter and Elizabeth Marie Epps; grandson, Nicholas Peter; step-children, Dan Denney, Michael Denney (Aysegul); step-grandchildren, Peyton Denney, Zoei Denney and Nicholas Denney.
Upon graduating Granby High School (Norfolk, VA) 1959, and attending the Norfolk Collage of William and Mary (now Old Dominion University), he signed on as a deck hand aboard the U.S. Coast & Geodetic (NOAA) Oceanographic Survey Ship EXPLORER for several years. During those years his travels took him on oceanographic surveys off the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts, voyages in the north Atlantic (Azores, Portugal and France), the Caribbean (Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands); Recife, Brazil, Dakar, Senegal, Freetown and Sierra Leone. While aboard EXPLORER, Steve was selected as the first civilian to attend the U.S. Navy
Hospital Corps School at Great Lakes, IL. Upon graduation, he became the ships medic. From 1965 to 1972 Steve was with the U.S. Army
Reserve, 80th Div. Infantry, serving as Senior NCO on the Basic Combat Training firing ranges at Fort Jackson, SC and Fort Bragg, NC during summer camps. In 1967 he began his 47 year career in the financial services industry with Liberty Finance Co. of St. Louis at its Norfolk, VA office transferring to the Richmond, VA office in 1968 as its manager. In 1969 he joined the Bank of Virginia in its management training program. While attending the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in 1978, he was recruited as Vice President at Texas Commerce Bank - Richmond/Sage to assist in organizing and opening the new bank in the Galleria Area. In 1984, he joined Commonwealth Savings Association as Vice President to manage the lending department in the newly created Banking Division. In succeeding years he was employed as a lender or asset manager with several institutions including University Savings Association, Resolution Trust Corporation as Receiver and Southwest Bank of Texas (Amegy Bank). In November 2004 he was recruited as the first employee to assist in the opening of LoweryBank in Sugar Land, a Division of Huntington State Bank. On June 30, 2013, after over eight years with the bank, he retired as Sr. Vice President. Although his banking career was very fulfilling and rewarding, he said that the "most important" job he ever had was that of school crossing guard at Sienna Elementary School in his community. He loved the kids and their families. His favorite past-time was his membership in Fort Bend Fit, a Marathon training group which prepared him to participate in the Chevron Houston Marathon on his 65th birthday and two New York City Marathons in 2007 and 2008 as well as eleven half-marathons.
Steve gives thanks to the Great Physician for his healing and protection and physicians, Dr. Parul Shah and Dr. Bhadresh Shah. Steve's "Home Coming" will take place Friday, February 28, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Quail Valley City Centre, 2880 La Quinta Drive, Missouri City, TX 77459 (luncheon following) and will be officiated by Mickey Ary, Pastor of Sugar Creek Baptist Church - Sienna Campus and Marty Michelson, Capstone Seniors Ministries Pastor. In lieu of flowers, you may make gifts payable to Sugar Creek Baptist Church (note LyF-Teen Ministry). Condolences may be offered at www.millerfuneral.com