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Max Stephenson

Max Stephenson

Sunday, December 17, 1944 Thursday, October 24, 2019

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Obituary for Max Hamilton Stephenson

Max H. “Papaw Max” Stephenson died Thursday, October 24, at his home in Rosenberg, Texas, after a lengthy illness, his family at his side and an Elvis song in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Max H. and Nathalyne Stephenson of Big Point, Miss., his sister Diana Stephenson, infant daughter Katherine Michelle Stephenson, and grandson Nicholas Wiles.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Gail Jackson Stephenson of Rosenberg; sons Jeffry (Iny) Stephenson of Bentonville, Ark., Creg (Cristina) Stephenson of Theodore, Ala., and Joey (Ghina) Stephenson of Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughters Wendy (Bill) Anasti of Sugar Land, Texas, and Kelly (Charlie) Gerszewski of Woodland Park, Colo.; brother Ronald (Gay) Stephenson of Florence, Miss.; and sisters Sharon Stephenson and Judith A. Stephenson of Houston, Texas, and Jean (Al) Boleware of Pearl, Miss.; 15 grandchildren, various nieces and nephews, in-laws and outlaws, as well as boxes upon boxes of unsmoked cigars.

Born December 17, 1944, in Denver, Colo., but raised in Big Point, Miss., Max was an outstanding student and athlete at East Central High School, graduating in 1963 as salutatorian and senior class president. After briefly attending Mississippi State University, he entered the workforce, and in his words, “got a dollar ahead and never looked back.” He spent time as a police officer with the City of Moss Point and with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, surviving a shooting on November 26, 1971, a day he thereafter referred to as his “second birthday.” He carried a bullet in his right shoulder from that day forward.

In 1973, seeking a more-lucrative (and generally less-dangerous) line of work, Max moved into the construction industry. His career took him to exotic locales such as Indonesia, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Algeria and the Philippines, though he maintained a home base in the Houston area from 1994 onward.

Max retired as Global Construction Manager for KBR in 2015, and most days after that could be found on the back patio of the Rosenberg house (AKA, the “house that Abu Dhabi built”), a book in his hands and a cigar in his mouth. Known above all for his generosity, Max was always there with a few dollars to help friends and family make ends meet, and to put in a good word for anyone who needed a job. He also offered unsolicited advice on the best traffic routes around Houston and the lowest gas prices in town, as well as weather patterns that might or might not directly impact family members several days later.

The Stephenson family would like to thank Dr. Nadeem Qurashi and the staff at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Susan Keller and the staff of Newlight Hospice, and especially Chelsey Kemp and the staff of Metoyer Roundtable Consulting for their kindness and professionalism and for making Max’s final months, weeks, days and hours as comfortable as possible.

At Max’s request, there will be no visitation, funeral or memorial service, because the last thing he wanted was for anyone to make a fuss over him. As he told his family shortly before he died, “I’ve had a great life. Now it’s time for you to go live yours.”

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Judith A Stephenson

I am his youngest sister; the person to whom he signed emails and texts to as "Big Bro". He looked a great deal like our Dad, and he laughingly said once "I act like him too" which made us both smile. When our sister Diana (Aunt Dee) passed we all got together in Mississippi. Gail had bought some bakery treats and we sat in the restaurant of the hotel drinking coffee and eating the wonderful butter bars Gail brought. Max and Ronald began reminiscing and talking about their childhood. They began a story about our dad doing work at the church. Ron was supposed to help by handing him tools and Max was younger and told to sit in the pews and wait. Max and Ronald began laughing hysterically, tears rolling down their faces, snorting with laughter while their face turned red. Jean, Sharon, Gail and I all looked at one another; knowing something must be funny. The long run, apparently Ronald slipped and fell to the ground and our dad "swung like Tarzan" from the rafters to see what happened. I guess we will never know the middle of that story. The funny and happy times are what we remember and that will always bring a smile to my face.
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Judith A Stephenson

I am his youngest sister; the person to whom he signed emails and texts to as "Big Bro". He looked a great deal like our Dad, and he laughingly said once "I act like him too" which made us both smile. When our sister Diana (Aunt Dee) passed we all got together in Mississippi. Gail had bought some bakery treats and we sat in the restaurant of the hotel drinking coffee and eating the wonderful butter bars Gail brought. Max and Ronald began reminiscing and talking about their childhood. They began a story about our dad doing work at the church. Ron was supposed to help by handing him tools and Max was younger and told to sit in the pews and wait. Max and Ronald began laughing hysterically, tears rolling down their faces, snorting with laughter while their face turned red. Jean, Sharon, Gail and I all looked at one another; knowing something must be funny. The long run, apparently Ronald slipped and fell to the ground and our dad "swung like Tarzan" from the rafters to see what happened. I guess we will never know the middle of that story. The funny and happy times are what we remember and that will always bring a smile to my face.
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Karna Sunari

I’m sorry to hear about PawPaw. He was very kind to me while i was at Houston. He always joked and scolded us about how me and JK used to quarrel over little things, or how me and Titus joked around with JK because he was a small kid. Even if it was a short 3 months, I would still remember how he always sat on his chair smoking a cigar and laughing at us playing football. I miss him alot and I am really sorry for not being there. I miss you both Pawpaw and Nana. Stay Strong Nana Gail.

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Our deepest sincere condolences to Max’s family. We shed our tears, and we are so grateful to have known such an incredible, amazing, kindhearted, generous and loving man with those soft teddy bear hugs. We will always remember all the fun times with him and Gail with a smile as he brought such joy to us all. Take care of each other. God bless you all.💜💜
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