John Daniel Stevens

Born on July 10, 1958

Departed on May 2, 2017 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Mr. John Daniel Stevens- Age 58, was taken from this life on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, by a senseless act of violence. He was born on July 10, 1958, in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

He was a valued employee of Exxon/Daily's for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and his dog, Jade.

A Celebration of Life will be on Monday, May 8, 2017, at 12:00pm, at West Harpeth Funeral Home with Pastor Philip Young. Visitation will be on Monday from 10:00am until service time at 12:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to Painted Paws for Veterans. This organization provides service dogs for veterans free of charge.

11 Comments to Mr. John Daniel Stevens

  1. Dianne & Denzil Johnson
    May 4, 2017 1:07 pm

    May our God be with you and family in this hour and beyond. God rest your soul.

  2. Lee and Betty Talley
    May 4, 2017 9:32 pm

    God Bless the Stevens family in this time of pain.

    I had the privilege of working side by side with John at BP years
    ago. John always had a smile on his face. He was mild mannered
    and quick with a kind word and willing to take the extra time to
    make each customer feel appreciated. I will always value the time
    I spent working with John, and will always remember him as not
    only a co-worker, but, a friend!

    • Peggy Stevens
      May 6, 2017 12:07 pm

      Thank you. My husband talked often of the different people he worked with. He enjoyed his work. He would never hurt a fly. When he moved to Nashville to marry me, I told him to pick a job he would enjoy. He chose to work as a store clerk. I hope you have good memories of him & not of how he died.
      Peggy Stevens

  3. Carlene Waller
    May 5, 2017 6:18 pm

    No one deserves to be taken away from family and friends in such a senseless manner. We are so very sorry for your loss; please know there are still many, many good people in the world. May they and our God surround you with love and compassion as you work through the terrible pain of losing your loved one.

    • Peggy Stevens
      May 6, 2017 12:16 pm

      I am finding out how many good people are out there, but also finding out things about Daniel that he never told me he did; such as paying for that customer’s gas. He always helped people and I fussed at him about carrying so much cash on him at times…Now I know why he did it.

  4. Charles Wackerman
    May 6, 2017 10:25 pm

    I knew John Daniel as Dan and I probably knew him longer than most because he was my half brother. I rarely saw him frown but I often saw him with a thoughtful expression and he always had a question about computers, physics, and the like. I could usually dig out a proper answer, but not always… his mind went deeply into theory and “what ifs” of science and history. I often had to suggest a book to read rather than give him an answer, and most often would find that he would read what I suggested but that only made his next questions harder. I should point out that this started when Dan was in junior high school and continued through the last conversation we had, and you couldn’t fool him because he remembered your words from even years earlier. He was a wonderful challenge to talk to and to be around and I will miss him! May the Holy Trinity bless him and take him into its arms and give him a wonderful life in paradise. I loved Dan and will miss him terribly. But I also ask prayers for those who did this to him.

    • Elise Stevens
      May 7, 2017 12:09 pm

      I’m Peggy’s sister. I am sorry for your loss. He was a special man.

    • Peggy Stevens
      May 7, 2017 12:47 pm

      Charles, I am so thankful to hear from you. I had no phone # to contact you by, only the email that Daniel (that’s what I called him). Daniel would tell me about you – he considered the only other member of his family that was still alive. Daniel was still curious about everything…history, ancient civilations, science fiction, everything. He had joined the Lutheran Church down the street. I have to say you are more generous than I. I can’t pray for those who shot him. I think of him now as an Angel in Heaven with both of my parents, your Father, and the pets we had & lost. I don’t know if you want to come, you would be very welcome if you did. Once the paperwork is all processed there will be a small military funeral for him (maybe 15 minutes) and if you like I can let you know when that will be. I would love to meet my brother-in-law. Maybe you could tell me stories of you 2 growing up. In the meantime, I am on Face Book (Peggy Stevens) you can reach me there or by email. I pray for you also.
      Your sister-in-law
      Peggy Stevens

  5. Julie shadburne
    May 7, 2017 2:17 pm

    I was so so very sad to learn that John was killed during a robbery in our neighborhood. I live just minutes from the Exxon where he was employed. He was always so friendly and helpful when I made purchases from the store. My heart breaks for his family and I pray for peace for them and our world.

  6. Rhonda Becknell
    May 8, 2017 6:59 pm

    So sad and senseless. Will be praying for his wife, family and friends.

  7. Charles
    January 4, 2019 6:52 pm

    I’m so, so sad to hear this news and that I am just now hearing of Daniel’s passing. I knew him when we were both children (though he was older) and up through the early or mid 80s. Daniel lived a block or so away from me and I saw him frequently. He was in the navy (and loving it) when we lost touch and I had always assumed that he’d spend his career traveling the world and seeing the sites. Daniel was always nice, always pleasant, always accepting and always engaging. Our loss is truly heaven’s gain.

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