The Settegast-Kopf Company @ Sugar Creek

15015 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX


James Stephen Smith

October 28, 1993January 12, 2019
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James Stephen Smith passed away unexpectedly in Winchester, Texas on January 12, 2019 at the age of 25. Stephen was born on October 28, 1993 in Houston, Texas to James Dennis Smith and Leslie Stiglets Smith. He is preceded in death by grandparents James Samuel and Dixie Sue Smith of Carrollton, Missouri and grandmother Rosa Mabel Farhat Pavlicek of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Stephen is survived by parents Dennis and Leslie Smith, brothers Christopher Stiglets and Matthew Smith, grandparents Gerald and Wendy Beaver, and grandfather Richard Pavlicek. He graduated from Dulles High School in 2012 and later from Texas State University in 2016 with a degree in Economics. Stephen was an avid athlete, having played football throughout his educational career. His love and passion of the sport began in middle school and extended through his time with the Texas State Bobcats. The dedication Stephen put forth and the lessons he learned from his time as an athlete were things that he always carried with him and applied to every aspect of his life.

More recently, he gained an interest in further developing leadership and communication skills, having pursued leadership courses and becoming involved with Toastmasters. Giving back to the community was important to Stephen and he was a regular donor to Shriners Hospital for Children. He also recently joined the Exchange Club of Sugar Land to find further ways to give back to those in need.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday January 18, 2019 from 5-8PM at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77478. The funeral service will be held on Saturday January 19, 2019 at 11AM at the Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478, with a reception to follow. Pastor W. Martin Nicholas will officiate the ceremony. Following the reception, a funeral procession will leave to Forest Park Westheimer cemetery at 12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX, 77077. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Shriners Hospital for Children or Champions Kids Camp, causes that were important to Stephen and to our family.



If you would like our family to be notified of your donation in Stephen's memory, you may include the email address jamesstephensmith28@gmail.com.


  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 19, 2019


James Stephen Smith

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Molly McClure

January 24, 2019

I send you and all of your family love, hugs, and prayers. We haven't seen each other in a very long time, but I want you to know how close I became to your beautiful family by reading all of the notes written by those who know and love Stephen and all of the happy pictures of family and friends.
Just having this peek into this amazing young man's life, it is obvious Stephen touched so many in such a positive way. He must have been on this earth for a purpose and achieved what God asked him to do. The attributes of kindness and concern of others will remain a gift to all those who knew Stephen.
My thoughts of sympathy are with you, Gerry, Leslie and James and Stephen's brothers. I know that you must be so proud of this sweet young man that impressed so many with God's work in such a short time.
Sending you my love...

Tyler Jones

January 19, 2019


Today was tough. Finding the words to explain the feelings of losing someone close to you is just as difficult. You were more than just a friend, colleague, or acquaintance. You were a brother. A brother through blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice. You showed resilience and discipline when others didn’t. You made the difficulties of being a student athlete enjoyable because of the teammate you were. We went through it all at Texas State, but I wouldn’t of had it any other way. Thank you to the Smith’s and family for allowing his Texas State teammates to spend time with their son, brother, nephew, cousin, etc.

Rick and Ingred Lathrop

January 18, 2019

So many have already said it, so well. We were so blessed to have Stephen in our lives. It was great to reconnect with him several times after he graduated from Texas State. It maybe cliche', but he truly did light up the room. We got to see Stephen as a teammate and a friend, and you not ask for anything more. May GOD grant you all comfort and peace, and the full confidence you will see him again. Rick and Ingred Lathrop

Afroze Jahan

January 18, 2019

I am next door neighbor of this amazing family. I always admired the amazing job Leslie and Dennis have done raising their sons. I am heart-broken at the news. Stephen was such a good kid; he left us for heaven too soon. May God rest his soul in peace, and give his family courage and strength to bear the loss. May my prayers help comfort the family, and hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

Adrian McDaniels

January 17, 2019

Man... where to start. When i first got to Dulles from transfering to Stafford it was so different. I walked in the locker room lost as ever. Stephen of course walks up with all the jokes in the world. What stuck out was “yo freshman are you lost”. Lol we both were sophmores he was just on Varsity. From that day on i felt like a had a real brother. As everyone knows im pretty small and he would forever remind me that my size doesnt mean anything. 7 on 7 tournaments, and even regular games he was always picking my head up. I will never forget sharing a lockerroom with him. That for sure is still the highlight of my life, and he did nothing but brighten it up. I love you big bro and the memories i have with you are still brought up in regular conversations. Watch over us big bro, keep us lifted. Wipe tears from moms eyes, and keep pops strong, and reassure to your brothers that everything will be okay. We got Earth covered for you, save us a spot in heaven. #LongLive6

Bill & Carol Clinkscales Clinkscales

January 17, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss.

Leighton Wilson

January 17, 2019

We are sad and sorry that Stephen is no longer with us, but consider ourselves fortunate to have had him in our lives. We were buoyed and inspired to see his growth in public speaking and the leadership he exhibited in taking on various club meeting roles. His parents have done an amazing job in raising an ambitious, disciplined, charismatic and selfless human being. Stephen and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Tomas Luna

January 17, 2019

Still having a hard time believing you are gone bro. All the good times you and I shared and the recent convo you and I just had about getting together catching up on life and talk about future business endeavours. You were a rare type of person and always found ways to fight through whatever adversity you may be going through. As your teammate, workout partner, and coach for 2 years im saddened to know that the toughest dude I ever had the pleasure to be around is gone. I can go on for days about you bro and you would probably come up to me and say “chill out bro.” I know God is building an army and you will be one of the front liners. You will always be a person that I will never forget. Pray that I will see you again when God calls us home. Rest In Peace Steve, Love you man.

Susan Andahl

January 16, 2019

Leslie and Dennis there are no words to express my shock and sadness I feel for you and your family. I will be praying for you in this unbelievably shocking news. I am thinking of you and wish I could be there for you Leslie. Please take care of each other. Love you

Rebecca Franchione

January 16, 2019

I first met Stephen when he came to my husband’s football camp at Blinn. I remember Brad being excited to find both him and Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon at camp and hoping to recruit them one day. Flash forward a few years and both came to play for Brad at TX State. I would make dinner for the players on occasion and so the kids and I have many memories of him being at our house and playing with them in the backyard. We are deeply saddened by his passing but know he is looking down on all of us and smiling. He was always smiling and happy. May God comfort all who loved him.