Christopher Bleau (Chris) Stevens, 40, of Pulaski, Va., passed on Sunday, April 2, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. He was born on March 14, 1977 in Pulaski.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Chasity Friend Stevens of Pulaski; mother and step-father, Connie and Bill McMillan of Pulaski; father and step-mother, Matt Stevens and Beverly Rivers of Pulaski and Chicago; Sister, Carey Stevens of Wytheville; Brother, Luke McMillan of Pulaski; and Grandmother Alice Stevens of Pulaski. Other close relatives include uncle, Skip Stevens of Pulaski; uncle and aunt, John and Ginger Stevens of Pulaski; aunt and uncle, Debbie and Ricky Swinson of Chester; aunt and uncle, Margaret and Mark Hicks of Pearisburg; in-laws, Cindy and Tim Treadway of Indian Valley; brother-in-law Ricky Nofsinger; nephews, Jacob, Joshua, and Justin; and cousins Anna Stevens, John Robert Stevens, Meredith Mogensen and Aubrey Swinson, many other family members and friends.
Chris was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert W Stevens; grandfather Sydney Hayes; grandmother Mildred Hayes; and in-laws Luther and Opal Friend.
Chris (better known as Scoob) had a life-long love and passion for music that led him to study music at both Virginia Commonwealth University and J. Sargeant Reynolds. His musical talent also took him into the electronic music scene where he DJ’ed at events throughout Virginia from the late 1990’s on.
In 2007 he completed the Mortuary Science program at John Tyler and became the fifth generation of the Stevens family to operate Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski, alongside his father and uncles.
As a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Chris served as an elder, on the session, and on the Worship and Outreach Committees. He was also the director of the Joyful Noise youth choir from 2003-2009. His other community involvement included playing trumpet with the Old Pros Jazz Band and being a member of the Elks Club.
Chris was a fun-loving, easy-going guy that never met a person that wasn’t a friend. He was a devoted and loving husband to Chasity, who was not just his wife, but his best friend, high school sweetheart, and soulmate. He was also a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, and friend. He had a special way of making everyone feel happy and genuinely loved. His devotion was especially strong when it came to his grandmother Alice (Mamaw) Stevens.
Chris was most in his element when fishing at the New River, hanging out with friends, spending time with his family (and cats), and traveling.
Stevens Funeral Home will be open for visitation beginning at 9:00 AM Friday, April 7th. Chasity and other family members will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at First Presbyterian Church Pulaski with Pastor Melissa McNair-King officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 408 N. Jefferson Ave, P.O. Box 824, Pulaski, VA 24301.
Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.