Earl F. Stege
Funeral Date: 10/5/2009

Obituary:
Earl F. Stege, age 89, of Warren, went home to be with his Lord at the Bradley County Medical Center on Friday, October 2. He was born September 24, 1920, in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late Ralph Arthur and Josephine Sommers Stege. He was a graduate of Normandy High School and attended Washington University in St. Louis. He married Camille Pierce April 27, 1946, in St. Louis. She survives him. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Stege and Ralph Stege, Jr. Earl was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. He retired in 1976 as Director of Analysis and Reconciliation with the U.S. Dept. of the Army after a distinguished 35-year career in federal government service, most spent at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. Earl was a Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church, Warren. He had also served churches in St. Louis, San Antonio, Falls Church, VA, Indianapolis, IN, and Lubbock, TX, in various capacities, including deacon (for 63 years), Sunday School leader, and part-time music and youth director. He is also survived by a daughter, Sharon Stanley, and husband, Greg, of Warren; a son, Stephen, and wife, Rhonda, of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren, Sarah Stanley Henry (Patrick) of Little Rock; Christopher Stege (Kelly) of Austin, TX; David Stanley (Noelle) of Carrollton, TX; Ryan Stege (Brooke) of Frisco, TX; and Jonathan Stege of Austin, TX; two great-grandchildren, Max and Molly Henry of Little Rock; one sister, Helen Cook of Nashville, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 4:00 p.m. Monday October 5, First Baptist Church, Warren, AR. with Christopher Stege, Ryan Stege, Patrick Henry and Rev. Gregg Stanley officiating. Pianist was Rhonda Stege, special music was provided by Sarah Henry, David Stanley, Noelle Stanley and Jonathan Stege. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazerís Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Christopher Stege, David Stanley, Ryan Stege, Jonathan Stege, Patrick Henry and John McClellan. Honorary pallbearer was Sarah Henry. Memorials preferred First Baptist Church Building Fund; P.O. Box 189; Warren, AR. 71671.

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Name: Linda Cathey
Message: Sharon ,so sorry for your loss. You know God has a special place just for your dad. I'll be praying for God to comfort you just has only he can.

Name: Linda & Bill Montgomery
Message: I am sorry about your loss. You will see him again in heaven.

Name: Gary,Pam & Rebecca Ozment
Message: Sharon,We are sorry for your loss. He is in Gods hands now.

Name: Tommy Landers
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Name: Janie, Stacie & Dexter Burks
Message: You're in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Earl was such a sweetheart. What a blessing it is to have such a good Christian father and he truly was. Love you so much!

Name: Andrew Hicks
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Name: Amanda Ozment
Message: "For me, living is Christ and dying is gain." - Philippians 1:21 We know he's in the best place possible! I am praying for all of you.

Name: Tim and Angela Schofield
Message: Camille, May God bless you with strength in the days ahead--your Earl is with Jesus now. We love you, Tim and Angela

Name: Sherry White
Message: Bro.Greg & Sharon - Ms Camille & family: Mr. Earl was a wonderful, sweet person. May you be blessed & comforted during this time & the days to come. I know he at home with the Lord.

Name: Scott & Judy Leake
Message: Ms. Camille our prayers go out to you. I am not sure if you remember us or not, but you and Mr. Earl were the ones that visited us when we visited First Baptist Church Universal City. You have been missed. We know that Mr. Earl is now with his Blessed Jesus. God Bless you.....

Name: Charles and Carolyn Fannin
Message: What a joy and blessing to know Earl and Camille at FBC, Universal City. Our prayers are with you during this time of grief.

Name: Sil -Betty Crim
Message: Praise the Lord for Esarl. He was a blessing to us. We pray for comfort for Camille. Much Love, Sil and Betty

Name: Kathleen Schroeder
Message: Earl and Camille have always been very special people to William and I. We've known them a long time. They sang at our wedding 51 years ago! They were the youth leaders at our church when I was a teenager. My mother cared for Sharon and Steven during worship service so that Earl and Camille could sing in the choir. Our prayer of comfort goes to Camielle and her children. We will always love you dearly.

Name: Robert & Deborah Williams
Message: Dearest Camille & Family, May God's grace be with you at this time.We love Earl & Camille so and speak of them so often.Our prayers are with you.

Name: David Elmore
Message: Mr. Stege was wonderful man and an interesting interview for the In Their Words WWII Oral History Project at AETN. His and his family's kindness and enthusiasm will always be remembered. I wish to express my condolences to the family. Sincerely, David Elmore

Name: Becky Quimby
Message: Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss.

Name: Fred & Jo Walters Walters
Message: Fred and I worked with Earl when he was the Director of the Adult Sunday School classes, in the days of three sessions of Sunday School each Sunday. Dot & Jim Whitt, and Fred and I recorded the SS attendance in the days before computers. Earl was most conscientious about delivering the SS material to each class and did an outstanding job. We enjoyed being with him as he always was a lot of fun. However he was very serious in his faith and loved the Lord with heart and soul. We really only knew Camille through Earl's praises for his wife, but he made us feel she was a very special lady. Our condolence to the family during this time of grief.

Name: Fred & Jo Walters
Message: Fred and I worked with Earl when he was the Director of the Adult Sunday School classes, in the days of three sessions of Sunday School each Sunday. Dot & Jim Whitt, and Fred and I recorded the SS attendance in the days before computers. Earl was most conscientious about delivering the SS material to each class and did an outstanding job. We enjoyed being with him as he always was a lot of fun. However he was very serious in his faith and loved the Lord with heart and soul. We really only knew Camille through Earl's praises for his wife, but he made us feel she was a very special lady. Our condolence to the family during this time of grief.

Name: Judy and French Wynne,Jr.
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Chester & Dorothy Drattlo
Message: Hi, my good friend. Knowing you and Earl the way We do and the many fellowships we shared her in UC, We are aware of the empty place in your life but you will be filled with the many good years the two of you spent together and the memories will allso keep you and you will always feel Earl is still walking by yourside. Love you much and will try to call you. Dorohy and Chester

Name: Bill Simpson
Message: Dear Camille and family. Earl's obituary appeared this morning in the SA Express-News, and we were so sorry to hear of his death. Time seems to passing by too quickly. The greatest hope that Jesus left us when he ascended, was that He never said, "Good-bye", because He awaits his children. For Sharon and Stephen, I share this quote, the origin of which I have not been able to determind: "When your Father dies, there are no more giants upon the earth!" God bless you all!! Gerry joins me in the sending of our love to you and yours!

Name: Barney R. Hutson
Message: Our prayers are with you all and we celebrate with you the life of Earl and his faithfulness to the Lord.

Name: Charline Oldham Scheel
Message: I will always remember how kind you, and MR.Stege were to me as a child. I have thought of you often. May God bless you. Love Charline

Name: Debbie Marsh
Message: I send my condolences to your family. I enjoyed having Camille as my SS teacher at First Baptist of UC, and loved Earl with his wit and sense of humor & uper memory. he and I share the same birthday though a few years apart. I know you will miss him greatly, but it is comforting knowing he is home with the Lord. Earl and Camille have been special to me, and Camille certainly had an impact in my life while they were in Universal City. Much love to you, Camille. Please know I think of you often and share in your grief.