Chantay Maria Steptoe-Buford
STEPTOE-BUFORD, Chantay Maria Age 48 Of Nashville. Passed away after a long courageous battle on July 29, 2009. She was born November 20, 1960 at Fort Campbell, KY to the late James and Evelyn Steptoe. She was a 1978 graduate of Pearl High School and attended Tennessee State University from 1978 - 1984, graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mass Communication. She was employed by the Tennessean Newspaper for more than 28 years, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chantay confessed a hope in Jesus Christ at an early age and was a member of the Ray of Hope Community Church. She leaves to cherish her memory, a loving husband, Jauckque; son, Tehlor; daughters, Staci and Ashley Holbert; stepdaughter, Brittany Wilson; niece, Keisha Hall; sisters, Debra (David) Nunn and Pamela Steptoe; mother-in-law, Dorothy Bean-Buford; a host of other relatives and friends. Viewing for Chantay will be Monday, August 3, 2009 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Terrell Broady Funeral Home, 3855 Clarksville Pike. She will then be transported to Ray of Hope Community Church, 901 Meridian Street, where her family will receive friends from 6 - 6:30 p.m. The Ivy Beyond The Wall Ceremony will begin at 6:30 - 7 p.m., afterwhich Chantay's Celebration of Life will begin at 7 p.m., with Pastor Martin Espinosa officiating. Interment will be Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 9 a.m., at Greenwood Cemetery North, 1248 Dickerson Rd. TERRELL BROADY FUNERAL HOME, INC., (615) 244-4755.

Published by The Tennessean on Aug. 2, 2009.
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To Jock, Staci and Tehlor.
Just a few words that hopefully will encorage you to continue the legacy that Chantay started. She was a true soldier for the Lord. A prayer partner that has made me the better person that I am today. Chantay has many hats that she has fulfilled to the fullest. Keep your head up because she was the type of wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend that anyone would want to pattern their lives after. Please know that I loved her from the beginning of our meeting to the end on this side of the river. She will forever be in my heart. If there is anything that I can help or be of assistance in any way please please please do not hesitate to call me.

Forever sincere
Judi Hoosier-Chantay's prayer partner forever.
Judi Hoosier
August 6, 2009
I meet Chantay several years ago thru my friend Patrica Darden (who has also pass on) who was a very dear friend of Chantay. My prayers are with you all.

Pearl High Class of 75
Rita James
August 5, 2009
Earth has no sorrow heaven cannot heal. May the Peace of God replace your sorrow.
Gloria V. Johnson
August 4, 2009
To the Steptoe and Buford families:

There was never a day when Chantay didn’t have the brightest smile and the most fantastic sense of humor. Please know that my prayers are with you all.

Linda Moore (The Tennessean 1989-1997)
Linda Moore
August 4, 2009
To Jock and Staci,
I send you my love and prayers knowing God will heal your heart in time.
My friend was a person you would never forget me and Tay go way back and it was all good times. I love you guys dearly and Staci if you ever need me I am here.Be strong in the Lord she is present with the Lord now.
Rest my Beautiful friend!!
Love The Witherspoon Family!!!
Diane Witherspoon
August 4, 2009
Chantay was a such a loving person with a kind a giving spirit. Her personality was one that reflected a genuine love for others. The thing I remember most about Chantay is her creativity and her God given talent to decorate--she could beautify an empty room in a matter of moments! Her boundless energy even during her illness will always remain in our memories. I am truly saddened by her transition but I know that God will continue to keep her family and loved ones.
Valerie Fisher
August 4, 2009
To the Steptoe-Buford Family:
May GOD be with you and your family and may he provide comfort to you on this day and the days ahead.

Soro Helen Howse
Pearl High Class of 77'
Helen Howse
August 4, 2009
I would like to extend my condolences to the Steptoe-Buford family. Chantay was a well Representive of our Lord. It is time for her to receive her well deserving reward.

RIP Chantay.

We love you.
A. S.
August 4, 2009
To the Budford Family,

Praying God will comfort you with His everlasting love. Chanty was a Beauitful Lady. She will be truly missed.
Connie, Portia, Charlie, Mariah Dowdy
August 4, 2009
To the Steptoe-Buford Family,

As my line sister, Chantay always had a
vibrant smile, words of encouragement and something humorous to say. That's how I'll remember her.

Recently, I lost my Mother (in May) and Chantay sent me a loving card and email. She was always a supportive, kind and loving human being.

Please know that she is at peace and she will always be with us in spirit. I will always treasure the memories that I have of her.

May God Bless You and I'll keep you in my prayers,


Kathye Bruton
Miami, FL
August 3, 2009
To the Steptoe-Buford family, my prayers are with you. Chantay precious memories will live forever in our hearts! May her beautiful smile and the love you shared bring comfort. Miss her, but let her go. Her soul has been set free! 2 Corinthians 5:8
Ms Garrison - Former Tennessean Co-worker
August 3, 2009
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Geno & Michelle Johnson & Family
August 3, 2009
Chantay was one of the nicest people we've ever had the privilege to know and to work with. Her smile and her positive attitude were infectious. Her courage and faith touched everyone lucky enough to have known her.
Sandy and Nancy Campbell
August 3, 2009

August 3, 2009
To the Steptoe-Buford Family-
We offer our condolences and are very sorry for your loss.
Careplus Pharmacy
August 3, 2009
To the family of Mrs. Chantay Steptoe-Buford:
On behalf of myself and the congregation of the First United Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America (CPCA) of Birmingham (Pratt City), Alabama, we would like to extend our deepest , heartfelt sympathy to each of you during this time of loss. While we cannot say to you that we know how you feel because we truly don't, we can say to you in the words of the Psalmist from the word of GOD that "For HIS anger endureth but a moment; in HIS favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." (Ps 30:5) It is our prayer that GOD ALMIGHTY will provide each of you with the peace and comfort you seek in the days ahead. Hold to GOD's unchanging hand, and HE will see you through. May GOD continue to richly bless each of you.
Carlos E. Suggs, Sr. - Pastor
TSU - Class of "82'
Carlos E. Suggs, Sr
August 3, 2009
Soror Chantay was a beautiful person with a wonderful spirit. We will miss her. My prayers and sympathy are with her family and friends.
Peggy Baker
August 3, 2009
I have so many fun memories of you. I will always cherish you in my heart.
May God Strengthen and sustain you and your family during this time.

Love-Sisterly Carmen Spencer-Fells
Your line sister
August 3, 2009
Dearest Steptoe Family,

I am honored to be a friend, colleague, Sorority and Line Sister of this great woman of God. Her warm personality, smile and cute laughter made her such a delight to be in her presence. The TSU AKA Alpha Psi Chapter Fall Line of 1980 "52 Excuses" will never be the same without her, nor the world surrounding her, as truly she shall be missed with fond memories. She suffers no more, but sleeps in the arms of Jesus, be comforted with this thought all who live Holy will see her again.

Dontanette Cohill - Atlanta, GA
Dontanette Cohill
August 3, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Barbara Bennett
August 3, 2009

May time and cherished memories help to gently ease the loss you bare and may it bring you special comfort to know that others care.
Ann Sharfner Radford and Mary Taylor Moore
August 3, 2009
To Minister Debra Nunn,
Your First Street Family want to let you know you and your family are in are prayers.

Your First Street Missionary Baptist Chruch Family
(We love you)
August 3, 2009
To Minister Debra(David) Nunn,
My heart goes out to you my sister in the ministry. But I know hearing your prayers that you know God is good and will sustain you and your family at this time. Please know you and your entire family are in my prayers.
God bless you.
Minister Mary Polk
Mary Polk
August 3, 2009
What a bright light Chantay brought to all of us! A truly beautiful woman who gave selflessly with grace and kindness. My memories at the Tennessean will always center fondly upon your friendship and smile.
Eileen Hudgins
August 2, 2009
To Chantay's family: may your hearts be comforted by knowing how deeply Chantay touched so many people. Her love knew no boundaries, her smile was a bright as the sunshine and her warmth could be felt across a room. She did so much for so many and asked for nothing in return. May we all strive to live life as fully as Chantay did.
Missy McAdams-Huffman
August 2, 2009
Chantay had a contagious smile, generous nature and religious devotion of faith. You are continually in my thoughts and prayers. My heart and my tears are with you.
Tonya Wade-Shannon
August 2, 2009
Chantay had a contagious smile, generous nature and religious devotion of faith. You are continually in my thoughts and prayers. My heart and tears are with you.
Tonya Wade-Shannon
August 2, 2009
Chantay was really a special individual. In the 7 years that I worked with her, I was happy to see her every time I saw her because she always had such a wonderful smile. She never seemed to expect life to be perfect -- she just worked through it with a grace and joy that most of us really don't have. She was funny, always full of good advice, too. This is just so sad. I'm sorry.
Rochelle Carter
August 2, 2009
To the Steptoe-Buford Family, I would like to extend my condolences to both families in the lost of your love one.

Trust In God

God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quite moment, worship God
Painful moment, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.

"Pearl Class of 1978 "
Patricia Lane
August 2, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sonya Denise Peoples
August 2, 2009
Your Chantay was a bright light and she was loved by so many of us. Her love and energy will forever be remembered. The loss of her is deeply felt and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carrie Ferguson The Tennessean
August 2, 2009
Chantay is a beautiful woman. She is a very amazing,and open-hearted lady she has always been the greatest of inspiration to me and my entire family.Ive known her for many years and even tho she WILL be sadly missed she is home now resting with no more pain.She is God's best friend and he needed her more than we did.To the Family its ok to cry but make some of the tears end with a smile cause she she had one that is imbedded in my heart for ever.Rest now chantay for your journey on this earth is done.....teekia
August 2, 2009
My prayers continue for this family for only time and God's love can heal grief....

Chantay has inspired many people and will be greatly missed...Heaven has a wonderful new resident and she left us the best of memories....

God Bless You All...........The Wade Family
Tracy Wade
August 2, 2009
To the Steptoe-Budford Families

I would like to extend my heart felt condolence's during this your time of bereavement in the lost of your dear departed loved one Chantay. Chantay was a beautiful woman, wife, mother, and friend. She had a smile that lit up a room when she entered. The courage she showed during her illness inspired us all. Chantay will be miss by all who knew her but not forgotten. God bless you all and continue to be prayerful during these difficult times.

Pearl High
"Class of 78"
Rhonda Johnson & Family
August 2, 2009
Chantay was an amazing woman who will be greatly missed. All my thoughts and love to her family.
Hollie Deese
August 2, 2009
To the Steptoe-Budford Family,
I would like to extend my heart felt condolences to both families in the lost of your love one. Chantay was a wonder mother, wife and friend. She had a smile that lit up a room and a personality to match. Chantay will truly be missed by all who knew her and the many lives she touched.

Pearl High
"Class of 78"
Rhonda Johnson
August 2, 2009
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