Stephen Carroll Peaytt Tatgenhorst

May 21, 1946January 11, 2021

Stephen Carroll Peaytt Tatgenhorst, age 74, born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, passed away on Monday, 11 January 2020. He was a graduate of Brilliant High School in 1964 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1969 from High Point College. He further continued his education by obtaining his Master’s, 1982 and Specialist Degree in 1986 from Nova University, Broward County, Florida.

Steve began his successful basketball career at Brilliant High School, being a dominant big man in Ohio High School competition, starting every game. He was considered one of the top players in the State which cultivated in Associated Press All Ohio basketball honors his Senior year. Steve was a three time Most Valuable Player. While receiving a full ride college basketball scholarship from High Point College, Steve was part of some of the winningest teams in school history. During his time at High Point College, the Panthers reached the NAIA National Tournament in two of his seasons. Steve and his teammates were honored in 1999 as High Point’s “best team ever”. He was able to attend the ceremony and was honored to give the 1999 team a pep talk about High Point’s glory days in basketball. After graduation, Steve began his teaching and coaching career at Sumner Southern Guilford High School. He had the pleasure of coaching three sport stars, Ralph Brown, speedster Larry Pass and Player of the Year, Killis Rollins. He furthered his teaching and coaching career at Taylor-Dewitt High School in Pierson Florida. Several years after Steve’s retirement, he was inducted into the Taylor High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

Steve is survived by his four children, Stephenie Hagerman of North Carolina, Amber Fulbright of Missouri, Chance Tatgenhorst of Florida and Brittany Lowenstein of Missouri. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Zachary Hagerman, Hunter Hagerman, Andrew Murdock, Dayne Murdock, Aubrie Murdock, Haize Tatgenhorst, Ella Lowenstein, Harrison Lowenstein, Rosamund Lowenstein. A family viewing only will take place Friday 15 January 2020.

Steve’s children would like to express their appreciation to Steve’s closest friends, Tommy Morris, Dave Stowers and Kevin Smith. Additionally, they would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to Hospice. And, a very special and heartfelt thank you to his nurse and former student, Carissa Shelton-Coleman.


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Charlene Dickson

January 18, 2021

To my brother Stephen whom I will always cherish wonderful memories growing up. You will be sadly missed. Heaven has a new angel. Love and prayers. Charlene Tatgenhorst Dickson (sister).

Kathe Byrd

January 18, 2021

It was with sadness and a heavy heart to hear about Steve's passing. Steve and I shared twenty-five years together and many memories. Life was not always easy, but the challenges made him the man he became.
For decades, Steve was Athletic Director, Teacher, and Girl's Basketball Coach at Taylor and Pine Ridge. "Coach Tatge" touched many young lives, on and off the courts, in West Volusia.
Steve's passion was basketball. His knowledge of the sport was amazing. Steve's next love had to have been his suits. I am sure you will be the best dressed, with a long cigar in hand, as you reach The Pearly Gates. I am also sure someone will yell "Hey Kenny (Rogers), Can I have an autograph?" That always made you laugh.
To Chance, Brittany, Amber, Stephenie, family and friends: May our thoughts and prayers bring you comfort during this difficult time. Love, Kathe

Ryan Dickson

January 17, 2021

I remember Steve not as a neighbor or a student but as a Coach, friend and my Uncle. Spending many hot summer afternoons watching, even participating in sport activities with him, Amber and Chance. Always taking in a lesson or two on endurance, persistence and standing firmly against an opponent. There were also smaller but just as memorable times I will carry of him. Remembering the smell of his cigars is probably one of my most favorite and indelible memories. I also enjoy good cigars now and my 3 children have all asked at some point “Daddy why do you smoke cigars...?” Then I share my memories of my Uncle Steve with a good cigar on a hot summer afternoon

Jay Grossman

January 16, 2021

For the little time I knew Steve he was always a very pleasant and friendly person. I always enjoyed seeing him sitting on his porch smoking is favorite cigar. He always took great pride in his yard. In the few times I would stop and chat he always talked about how much he enjoyed the neighborhood and how he missed teaching. He will be missed greatly.

Cathy Hurd

January 14, 2021

For those who knew Steve, you would know of his talent on the basketball court and his love for the game. You would also know that he inspired many through his years of teaching school. It was also no surprise to those who knew him that he was indeed a “clothes horse” who stood out among others.
He was a diamond in the rough who struggled with poor health near the end of his time here on earth. May you Rest In Peace now, Steve.