Steven Wayne Blevins was born on January 7, 1954, in Waxahachie, Texas. He graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1972 and attended Southwestern University. He pursued a career in Real Estate, finishing his time in the industry as a Real Estate Advisor for Settle & Pou.
Steve married the love of his life, Karen Anderson, in 1994. He and Karen shared mutual interests in family, history, and travel – and made their faith their highest priority. Their love for each other and for the Lord carried them through many good times and bad, each of them faced with equal determination and a friendship that could overcome any obstacle. Their sense of humor – one that might startle most strangers – made even the most frustrating setbacks bearable. Up to the very end Steve and Karen remained devoted to one another.
Steve was a prolific musician and accomplished guitarist, never demanding the limelight and always stepping up to support the band. His talent extended beyond sheet music, as he could play by ear and reproduce any music he heard. He was a member of the Mark Gorman Band, which won the Country Band of the Year in the 2001 Dallas Music Awards. Mark recalls that Steve was always supportive of his leadership role and never tried to steal the limelight.
His interests in history took him to many destinations and on many adventures reenacting battles of the American Civil War (or the War Between the States, as he would quickly point out). He and his beloved horse, Patriot, would charge across battlefields and marched in many parades – with Karen there to support him. Steve and Karen made sure to dress historically correct, to avoid being called “farby” – a derogatory term reserved for those with less-than-accurate garb.
He enjoyed the outdoors, partaking in hobbies like hunting and fishing, and loved dogs – having always had one by his side throughout his life. Steve appreciated the serenity and peace of nature, spending some of his best years living near a pond on the family farm.
Steve was diagnosed with melanoma in 2002 and began experimental chemotherapy treatments. The side-effects from the chemo impacted him greatly enough that he had to begin stepping away from his hobbies, resigning his position in the Mark Gorman Band, permanently leaving his reenacting unit and retiring from his career at Settle & Pou. Steve continued to play at church services and weddings when asked, and still shared his passion and knowledge of history and reenacting with his friends and family – even off the battlefield.
One of his greatest passions – one that illness could not take from him – was that of being a father to Mason & Stefanie, and a grandfather – taking the name “Bapoo” after his own grandfather – to Nolan, Graham, Marshall and Lyla. He loved his kids with every fiber of his being and loved his grandchildren more than they would ever know. Being Bapoo was a high honor and privilege for Steve, who cherished every moment spent with them.
Steve was preceded in death by his infant son Steven Wade Blevins, his parents, Richard and Jane Blevins, grandparents, Charles and Rheda Mae Maxwell and Carl Blevins and Dessie Blevins McDaniel. He is survived by wife Karen Blevins, son Mason Blevins and wife Angela, daughter Stefanie Toole and husband Josh, stepsons Aaron Anderson and wife Ashley, Lucas Anderson and wife Racheal, brother Phil Blevins and wife Lori, sister Lisa Crouch and husband Scott. His is also survived by grandchildren Graham, Marshall, Lyla Blevins and Nolan Toole and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in Steve’s honor on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Waxahachie Bible Church, located at 621 N. Grand Ave. in Waxahachie.