Faith, Family, and Friends…….that was always my focus and passion….and in that order, and with those priorities in line, all other struggles along my life seemed to fall in place according to God’s plan for me until that moment on Thursday, July 23, 2020, when, in an instant, he called me home to be with him. Wow, what a glorious moment it was to experience Jesus, face-to-face, and begin my new and eternal life in Heaven.
I was born Steven Mitchell Dobbs on September 12, 1960, in Elmhurst, Illinois. My dad, Charles Pittman Dobbs, was a great man of God; he loved his family, his country, and his community. He served our county proudly and owned his own business with strong conviction and principle. My mom, Dorothy Norene Smith-Dobbs, worked just as hard as my dad, raising and nurturing me and my three siblings, David, Cynthia, and Andrew. Together, they molded us into achieving a strong Christian Faith, and a sense of service and obligation to our families, community and country.
Growing up, I really enjoyed the outdoors, especially playing in the Illinois cornfields in the warm months and the snow in the winter. I later found peace with the time I spent in the woods and fishing in Mississippi, and then camping and playing on the sandy beaches of Florida. I embraced the joys of all of the places we moved to and each place helped to mold me.
After grade school, I started playing the French horn and became involved in the church youth group. I enjoyed singing in the choir, choral groups, and quartets. I had a knack for performing and being on stage in front of an audience – something I proudly passed onto my daughter Taylor.
After graduating from Dunedin High School in Florida, I ventured to Tennessee for Bible College at Tennessee Temple. I worked as a missionary, in the oil field and in the IT world, but in 1984, I enlisted in the United States Army. I served our great country for six years as a Russian Linguist, and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. The values my dad instilled in me were strengthened through the values and discipline taught to me by military service.
Before enlisting in the Army, I met the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. We were part of a singles group at a church in Pampa, Texas. Her name was Kerrie Sue Knox. On July 31, 1982, she became my wife and lifelong best friend. This was one of the greatest days of my life and my love for her was one of the deepest loves I have ever felt, and that love helped us build a faithful life and family through the next 38 years.
Over our life together, Kerrie and I welcomed three daughters into our family. The births of Micah, Morgan, and Taylor were three of the greatest days of our lives together and my life was forever changed. I felt a strong responsibility to guide my daughters in a faithful path and teach them the values that I learned from the experiences and lessons from my earlier life. I felt that they should also have my unwavering support, guidance, and love.
Our family enjoyed many road trips together and we loved staying in various state and national parks and experiencing Disney World at Christmas time. The “Happiest Place on Earth” is truly magical at Christmas Time. I also enjoyed a game of golf, softball or cards. The competition intrigued me and, win or lose, completing a game, or any challenge in life, always left me with a feeling of being a winner.
After experiencing many years of various careers, I felt the calling to attend Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service and serve my community as a funeral director. Serving families in their time of deep grief became a passion for me. I believe that everything I learned and experienced in my life led me to this calling to complete the life on Earth that God gave me to serve him best.
Throughout my Earthly life, I tried to hold strong to my convictions. My deep faith in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ has guided me in a passionate life of service to Him, and also to my family, friends, community, and country.
Although I now enjoy the Glory of being with Jesus now, my family is experiencing the deep grief that I have helped many families with. I have left behind a strong and faithful wife, Kerrie and three dynamic daughters, Micah Lee Dobbs, Morgan Lynee Gutierrez and her husband Bryan, and Taylor Ruth Dobbs. I also leave three amazing grandchildren, Emma Leigh Constance, Olivia Madeline Gutierrez, and Everett Henry Gutierrez. My siblings also remain to continue our parent’s teachings, David Dobbs and his wife Gay, Cynthia Fetrow and her husband Steve (what a great name), and Andrew Dobbs and his wife Meagan along with their children and families.
My family will be gathering at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee, Texas from 5-7 PM on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 to meet with friends and share stories and celebrate my wonderful and full life. A second time of visitation will be held again on Wednesday from 10-11 AM before my funeral service which will begin at 11 AM on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at First Baptist Church of Highlands, Texas. My Earthly shell will be laid to rest with Final Military Honors at 9:30 AM on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Houston National Cemetery.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” -Acts 20:35