Arnold Steve Garland

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on December 3, 1947

Departed on September 30, 2017 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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ARNOLD “STEVE” GARLAND, 69, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Lakeshore Heartland.  Steve was born in 1947 in Nashville, and lived here his entire life.

Steve was retired from the United Methodist Publishing House and was a member of Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ. He loved to travel and was a loyal fan of the Tennessee Titans and the Atlanta Braves. Steve was truly an inspiration, and loved by everyone who met him.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Jenny Mai Garland, and his sister Betty Ehresman.

He is survived by his nieces, Amy Ehresman Reha (David), Robin Lamb, and Sonya Adams, and Brother-in-Law Robert Ehresman (Cindy).

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, October 3, at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Family and friends can gather to share their memories of Steve beginning at 11:00 am until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Church of Christ disaster relief fund.

23 Comments to Mr. Arnold Steve Garland

  1. Sherry Lawrence
    October 1, 2017 1:22 am

    In memory of my LIFE LONG FRIEND Steve Garland.
    A man who loved God and had a spirit of love and joy and happiness . My friend who told me with a smile on his face that he was not afraid of death, that he was looking forward to his body being made whole again and being able to walk and to run . Very fond memories of us singing together at the Diana singing many years ago and Christmas at the Methodist Publishing House.
    My funniest memory of Steve was when he shaved his head( because I refused to do it for him). With the unsteadiness of his hand he kept trying over and over to shave his head , each time cutting his skin on his head. When I came to pick him up for dinner he had looked like he had been in a cat fight. It really scared me” Steve are you ok? What happened?” ” oh I just wanted to shave my head”. and he laughed. My silly dear friend I will cherish all of our wonderful memories. I love you Steve.
    Sherry Lawrence

  2. Paula Tant Fleming
    October 1, 2017 1:50 pm

    I had the honor of being Steve’s first girlfriend! We attended Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ together. Steve was an inspiration to all that knew him, living a full life despite his physical limitations. I can only imagine the joyful reunion in heaven with his Mother and family. Just thinking about Steve brings a smile to my face.

  3. Kay Sutton
    October 2, 2017 1:39 am

    I remember Steve when I went to Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ . He always had a smile on his face. I bet Brother Mayo was glad to meet him in Heaven . He was an Angel on this Earth . A Sweet Child of God RIP Stevie

  4. Frank G Bale
    October 2, 2017 6:43 am

    Steve was an inspiration to us all he loved and laughed. RIP

  5. Derrickson Family
    October 2, 2017 8:32 am

    Heartfelt sympathies during this difficult time. I hope that the promise recorded in 1Thess.4:14 can bring you comfort, knowing that we have the hope of seeing our loved ones again soon. I’m sorry for your loss.

  6. Laurene Mims Martin and Family
    October 2, 2017 1:31 pm

    Steve was a dear and special friend. I was always glad to see him when we worked together at UMPH, because it always made for a brighter day. I looked forward to seeing him at Christmas after he became a retiree, and I regret not keeping up with him better. His sharing of personal experiences was so helpful to me, and his insight and wisdom has meant so much to me and my son, Isaiah. I loved his sense of humor and his resolute tenacity, and his sweet, kind, caring spirit. He blessed everyone he met. And, I was especially blessed and honored by Steve being my friend. I can see him now…running and jumping and pain free, and praising our Jesus, who makes all things new. Hallelujah, Steve, Hallelujah!

  7. Ginny West Case
    October 2, 2017 2:09 pm

    Steve was a prince of a fellow! He cheered me. He always had a kind word. He was a Good and faithful servant who inspired many by his determination to do his best every day!

  8. Marcia Stoner
    October 2, 2017 2:20 pm

    Steve was always cheerful and fun to be around. He loved others and they loved him.

  9. Juanita Freudenthal
    October 2, 2017 3:29 pm

    Big Hugs to Steve in Heaven and his family here on earth. I never ran into Steve without getting a ‘bear’ hug. We worked together for years in the 901 building of the UMPH where he came down the steps from the 2nd floor like a Freight Train with a load of mail and always, always a big smile. To know Steve was to Love him. He was a special friend to all at the Publishing House and loved by everyone who knew him. Rest in Peace My Friend–

  10. Isaiah Brazzell
    October 2, 2017 4:20 pm

    As my Mother, Laurene, said, Steve was a treasured friend to us. As someone with CP, myself, Steve provided Mama with lots of tips and advice, back in the 1980s and 1990s.

    Fly high, Steve! See you again, someday.

  11. Elena De La Pena
    October 2, 2017 5:06 pm

    Knew Steve at the UMPH. He always had a smile and a greeting for me. He was a gentle soul and much appreciated.

  12. Wanda Goostree
    October 2, 2017 5:24 pm

    Steve was a beautiful person. He and I bowled together for UMPH many many years ago. I was always afraid he would loose his balance as he approached the line ready to release the bowling ball but needless to say he had it under control. You could hear him coming down the hallway and would wonder if he was going to make the turn or not with a load of mail but again he always had it under control. Steve’s friendship is one I will always treasure from my many years at UMPH.

  13. Carolyn Hite
    October 2, 2017 6:34 pm

    Steve Garland worked with me in the Publishing Division of The Methodist Publishing House for several years. Huell Howser of Channel 4 (WSM) asked to do an interview with the two of us at one time which was aired on TV. All I had to say about Steve was good, but the main comment I remember was that I wished all employees could be as pleasant, work as hard, and be as helpful as Steve. He was a very positive employee and one that always set a good example for others to follow.

  14. Tommy Mullins, Composition Dept.
    October 2, 2017 7:29 pm

    A fine and faithful friend and fellow UMPH employee whose friendship was valued by all who was privileged to be designated as a friend. Hard work, determination, joyful, are only a few attributes that describes Steve. May God bless his family in their loss.

  15. Gloria Holt
    October 2, 2017 8:29 pm

    Steve was one of the nicest guys I knew. He was always friendly and happy it was a pleasure to know him. May he rest in peace

  16. Polly Yarbrough
    October 2, 2017 11:29 pm

    I remember my first day at UMPH when Steve came over to my desk and gave me a big smile as he welcomed me to the company. Needless to say, this was the beginning of a wonderful and long friendship. His love for the Lord was obvious in the way he treated others, that was with love and concern. He was a joy to be around and it made me feel good when I would see him coming with a big hug. Now, my friend, take your rest in the Presence of the Lord.

  17. Janice I. Duff
    October 3, 2017 7:35 am

    A faithful servant is now with our Lord. Many of employees at UMPH have already shared how much we loved Steve and watched out for him at he moved about our offices everyday. I remember when my bosses interviewed him for his job at UMPH. I saw the most positive, happy and caring person convince them he was the person for the job. The decision to hire him was the best one made. There were many days he would get so tired, but he did not give in to it. All of us were blessed with his presence, his caring of others, a wonderful smile everyday. Need a stamp? Steve was there to provide the need. Many who did not know Steve as we did would see him a handicapped. We only knew Steve as a person with a great personality and determination to succeed in life.

    I pray God will bless everyone who is mourning for their loss.

  18. Linda Bryant
    October 3, 2017 9:58 am

    It was such a previledge to know Steve. I remember the many days Steve joined us for lunch. Always a special day. My
    admiration for Steve and his family, in that he was encoraged to be all he could, do all he could. Steve has a special place in my heart. He really is a genuine symbol of love, perserverance, determination for those of us that were his co-workers.

  19. Deborah Toler McNamara
    October 3, 2017 5:30 pm

    My wonderful cousin, Steve. I will miss you and I loved you very much. The world will not be the same with out you. You made the world a better place.

  20. Chris Walker
    October 3, 2017 7:03 pm

    Steve will always have a place in my heart. I also worked with him at the Publishing House. Both of us being from West Nashville I was privileged to have him ride with me on several occasions. He was truly a loving friend and will be missed by many. My prayers for his family. He was so proud of all of you. I’m sure he is smiling in heaven now. No more struggles, Steve. 🙏🏻

  21. wayne dedman
    October 4, 2017 10:31 am

    I have met a lot of people in my 75 years but none had a bigger heart than Steve. He always had a smile when he greeted you and I never heard him complain about his physical handicap. Even during his last few years when he was confined to his bed did he complain about anything. He could be counted on to be at his job everyday and do it with a sense of purpose. He was an inspiration to all who knew or met him.

  22. Vicky Cain
    October 7, 2017 7:45 pm

    I just saw that Steve had passed.
    I remember when.I would take my daughter to work at UMPH. She and Steve became best friends. It was a sight him giving a young girl a tour. How we both will miss him!!

  23. Barbara Ackerman Johnson
    October 12, 2017 12:06 am

    I knew “Stevie”, as he was known in childhood, in elementary school and at Charlotte Avenue Church
    Christ. He was a very friendly, sweet little guy with
    a big smile and big heart. We were the same age
    and in Sunday School together for years. I eventually
    moved away and when I would come back home to
    visit my parents and Charlotte Avenue, Stevie would
    always come over to say “hello” and catch up on what
    I was doing. Stevie was truly meek and pure of heart
    and no doubt shall see God and hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of thy Lord.”

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