Jason Matthew Stearns
January 19, 1983 – September 14, 2020
Jason Matthew Stearns was born on January 19, 1983 and passed away on September 14, 2020 and is under the care of Collier-Butler Funeral Home.
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Jason Matthew Stearns
September 27, 2020
Jason was about four years when I first met him. He was a sweet, delightful little boy. Always so eager to please and wanted to be helpful. Later, when his Mother died he came to live in my household. He grew into a typical teenager with all the issues that involves. About once a month I had to go into his room and pull all the stuff out from under his bed. The stuff he put there when asked to clean up his room. I took him to summer school when he failed a subject. He was not a good learner. He had a very sweet disposition though. I could tell he had emotional issues but when I tried to talk to him about the things that troubled him I couldn’t reach him. He needed professional help but it was not made available to him.
I loved him but couldn’t help him. Rest In Peace, Jason.
Katie Karlton O’Neal
September 21, 2020
Jason was such a funny and kind guy. So loving and affectionate. He would pretend to be tough on the outside, the cool jock that could handle anything, but that was far from the truth. Jason and I were brought together as siblings by fate when our parents married. I was eleven and he was seven. We bonded over the fact that we had both tragically lost our other parent at a young age. His story was much more tragic than mine and more than any little kid should have ever had to deal with. I was privileged that he trusted me and allowed me into his heart. We would stay up many nights talking in his bed until we both fell asleep, he didn’t want to be alone. We had “our song” at Waffle House that he would play after ball games and he would dance with me. Aerosmith, “I don’t want to miss a thing”.
His life was not an easy one and he had been increasingly troubled for the past year. We talked and texted but I could never convince him to come visit for a while from Alabama. I know he didn’t want us to see him in such a rough place, but oh how I wish he would have come. He told us over and over again how much he loved us and was thankful for the stability we gave during his childhood. My mom and I loved him deeper than blood and even though my mind knows that you can’t save someone, I still wish I could have. It hurts so bad.
September 18, 2020
My prayers & thoughts are with his father, Bruce, Grandmother, Mary & his Aunts Cindy & Debbie at this time. May this young man have peace from whatever troubles he may have been having. Your friend, Nancy Williams Payne
September 17, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with Jason's family. Sharing one memory, the last time I heard from Jason was in August of 2020, he wanted me to know that he loved me and that I made the best mac and cheese. Rest in peace Jason.