Fred Stevens Obituary, Death – Fred Richard “Bud” Stevens passed away without suffering at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi, on May 19, 2023 in the morning. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. Bud Stevens was born in Okolona, Mississippi on September 26, 1938. His parents were Claude L. Stevens and Pauline Martin Stevens. He received his diploma from Okolona High School in 1956 and then attended Mississippi State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry in 1960.
Patsy Jeane Turner Stevens has been Bud’s wife for the past 62 years. The couple built their home in the Wren neighborhood in Monroe County, Mississippi, and have raised three children there: Debra, Patti, and Lisa. Bud and Patsy have been married for 62 years. Bud was a devout follower of Christ and a member of the Okolona Christian Church, which eventually became known as the Common Ground Christian Church. During his time at the church, he spent many years serving as an elder and also taught Sunday School there.
A farmer and cattleman for his whole life, Bud received recognition as the Outstanding Young Farmer of Monroe County in 1971 and the Monroe County Cattleman’s Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. He participated in a wide variety of agricultural organizations on both the state and local levels. For a good number of years, he served First South PCA as both a director and the chairman of the board. In addition to that, he served as a board member for both the Farm Bureau and the Monroe County Co-op, in addition to being a commissioner for the Mississippi Soil and Water Commission.
Bud was devoted to his huge family and found tremendous happiness in spending time with them participating in a wide range of activities together. Some examples of these activities include riding horses, dancing at barn parties, water skiing in Colorado, and snow skiing in Colorado.