Gregory Allen Stevenson
February 7, 1954 – January 7, 2021
Gregory Allen Stevenson passed away on January 7, 2021 after a valiant battle with complications from kidney disease.
Greg was born on February 7, 1954 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Dorothy Carol Rutledge Stevenson and Walter Norman “Steve” Stevenson. Greg grew up in Ft. Worth and graduated from Eastern Hills High School in 1972. He received a BA degree in Communications from Texas Tech University in 1977. After college, he returned to the Ft. Worth area, later moving to Mansfield, Texas where he lived until his death.
An entrepreneur at heart, Greg started his own plastic fabrication company, Texas Plastics Supply, which he operated in East Fort Worth until he retired in 2018. He took pleasure in traveling the state to meet his customers, getting to know them personally and forming friendships.
Greg’s underlying faith guided him in life. He met the challenges presented by his illness with quiet courage, grace, and without complaint. He was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family and connected with them in a way that made each individual feel special. Greg didn’t allow the outside world to distract him from spending time with his loved ones, always putting his family first. He never failed to provide his children with encouragement and supported them in their individual dreams, pursuits, and decisions while providing guidance and wisdom as they discovered what those were. Greg welcomed impromptu visits from his family and friends, and those times together and conversations shared have been referenced by many as times that will always be remembered and cherished.
Greg is remembered by his family for his infectious sense of humor, his laugh, his smile, his fun loving nature, his love of storytelling and his gregarious personality. Greg enjoyed the simple things in life. A bucket filled with rocks on a lake house deck using a floating plastic milk bottle as a makeshift target provided hours of fun. At the same time, he frequently used his imagination to take the ordinary or mundane in life and turn it into something truly magical and a memory those with him wouldn’t forget. A traffic jam became a grand adventure in search of a better route; toys came to life and developed their own personality; and a locked gate became an opportunity to become the hero who scaled the gate and opened the parking lot to cheers from the onlooking crowd. He was an avid sports fan who loved working with children and youth. Greg coached his kids’ swimming and Little League baseball teams for years. He had a loving heart, saw the good in people, and always wanted the best for everyone. As a father, coach and friend, Greg strived to bring out the best in people and was ready to help any who needed him at a moment’s notice. His impact on the lives of others was great and undeniable. Greg’s was a life well-lived, filled with love and joy.
Greg’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the caring medical staff at Davita Infusion Center. They would especially like to thank the doctors and compassionate nurses who cared for him during his illness.
In addition to his parents, Dorothy and Steve, Greg is preceded in death by his brother, Gary. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Debbie; their children - Travis Stevenson, Carol S. Knight and her husband, Brandon, and William Stevenson and his wife, Tiffany; his two grandchildren - Samuel Stevenson and Collin Stevenson; his sister - Gail S. Helman and her husband, Jody; his nieces - Kimberley Helman King and her husband, Kyle, Courtney Helman Supon and her husband, Sean, and their daughter, Lily, and Caitlin Helman; his sister-in-law - Susan Stevenson; his nephews - Eric Stevenson and Evan Stevenson; numerous cousins in Texas, Illinois and Oregon; and many lifelong friends and associates.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online in Greg's name to The American Kidney Fund at kidneyfund.org.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Gregory Allen Stevenson
January 20, 2021
So many memories, we met at Tech. One of the funniest was when my grandmother bought me a new car for graduation, a Datsun B210 "Honey Bee." Greg didn't like the bee decal on the side of the car, it had little eye lashes, way too feminine. So he peeled off the decal and stuck it on a tree stump. But the best, was years later when I was visiting Dallas on business, he insisted on me spending the night at his parents home. It was nice to get to know them, they graduated from Northwestern as did my parents. Lovely people. But what I didn't expect was Greg insisting on me taking his ticket and going with his father to my first NFL game and watching Dallas play Philadelphia. So selfless.
January 19, 2021
Some of my best and most vivid memories are of Greg coaching William's baseball team against mine, coaching with me, umpiring on a moments notice for practice games ("facemask only, please") and working on fields together. He was a great opponent, advisor, coach, extremely hard worker and friend. He was a role model for coach/dads in youth baseball and a dedicated family man. Greg was the best.