Stephen L. Trantham

Apr 24, 2014

Faithful and Courageous

CANTON — Stephen Lamar Trantham, 55, of Pharr Street, a man who was a true example of faith, strength and courage, entered into his heavenly home Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Stephen was born Feb. 9, 1959, in Buncombe County and had made his home in Haywood County most of his life. He was the son of Helen Jo Eller Trantham of Canton and the late Richard Michael Trantham and was also preceded in death by his son, Joshua “Stitch” Aaron Trantham.

Stephen received an associate degree in criminal justice from Haywood Community College and was employed for 14 years with Evergreen Packaging. He retired from the North Canton Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. Stephen served in the U.S. Navy and also retired from the Army National Guard as sergeant of the 211th MP Co. with 20 years of service. His dedicated commitment to his country also included serving in the support action of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. His strong faith was an important part of his life. He was a member of Maple Grove Baptist Church and the Men’s Sunday school class. Stephen enjoyed baseball and was a Boston Red Sox fan — "Go Sox!"

As we honor Stephen’s life, let us remember and hold in our hearts his own words, "I love my Lord, my family, my friends and my church family. I have enjoyed my life and I am at peace."

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife, Richelle Vance Trantham, of Canton; a daughter, Stephanie Lynn Rogers, and her husband, Jason Rogers, of Bethel; a granddaughter, Kira Ann Trantham; a sister, Karen Trull, and her husband, Jerry Trull, of Candler; brothers, Kevin Trantham, of Bent Creek and Jeffery Trantham, and his wife, Crystal Trantham, of Spencer; nieces, Heather Trull and Darby Trantham; a nephew, Gabriel Trantham; and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Maple Grove Baptist Church. The Revs. Tommy Carlisle and Karl Zielke will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde with military honors. Serving as pallbearers will be Maple Grove Men’s Sunday school class. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to North Canton Baptist Church Mission Fund, 735 North Canton Road, Canton, NC 28716.

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