Stephen William Eldridge, 62, passed away on Saturday, February 4th, 2023, at 1:19 p.m. in Amarillo, Texas. Visitation will be held at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 7th, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will take place at Southwest Church of Christ on Wednesday, February 8th, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. A private burial will take place that same day.
Steve was born April 3, 1960, in Burlington, North Carolina. He grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and was a 1978 graduate of R.J. Reynolds Senior High School. Steve attended Abilene Christian University and received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Biology in 1983. He would go on to earn his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from UNC Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in History from West Texas A&M and a Ph. D. in History from Texas Tech University in 2019.
For the past 22-years, Steve worked as a business administrator for the OB/GYN department at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center branch in Amarillo, TX. He was respected and well-loved by all of his co-workers who came to know him after so many years. He also dedicated his time to online teaching and tutoring for West Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Steve’s number one priority was always family. He spent every minute he could with his wife and children as they grew up. He never missed a music recital or sporting event. His kids cherish the memories of evening walks and playing games with Dad. Steve was a life-long learner. He enjoyed reading books about history and the Church, watching documentaries, and listening to his favorite music from his youth.
Steve and his family have attended Southwest Church of Christ for the past 26 years. The highlight of Steve’s week was teaching with the HALI Project, a ministry that serves developmentally delayed adults. Despite his introverted personality, he strived to serve others with his thoughtful and caring nature. He was loving, giving, and tender-hearted. Steve was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. Steve was a diligent man of prayer. He trusted and loved the Lord and wanted to be more and more like Jesus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Carolyn Eldridge. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Julie. He is also survived by his daughters, Emily, of Los Angeles, CA, and Sarah, of Springfield, MO, son Jackson, of Amarillo, sister, Tracy Reynolds (Greg) of Murray, KY and uncle, Thom Shields, of Tallahassee, FL. He is survived by 6 nieces, 3 nephews, 5 great-nieces, 4 great-nephews, 4 brothers-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law, and a wonderful mother-in-law, Grannygirl.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the HALI Project through Southwest Church of Christ (4515 Cornell Street, Amarillo, TX 79109) or High Plains Children’s Home (11461 S Western St, Amarillo, TX 79118).
Donate link for HALI Project – https://my.southwest.org/give (comment “HALI Project for Steve Eldridge”)
15 Replies to “Stephen William Eldridge”
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband 🙏 MAY GOD HOLD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN HIS EMBRACE ❤️
I AM MY BELOVED’S AND MY BELOVED IS MINE
(Song of Songs 6:3)
In His Embrace,
Dear Julie, Emily, Sarah and Jackson,
We are very sorry for your loss. We have wonderful memories of Steve and he will be greatly missed here at Tech. He was always cordial and friendly to everyone. He will be fondly remembered.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
My deepest condolences to all of Steve’s family as you go through this difficult time. I had the privledge of working with Steve for the past 15 years at TTUHSC. He made a point to always ask about my boys every time we spoke, and I enjoyed hearing all of his stories about his family and kids as well. He loved to brag on you all. He sure will be missed around here. Praying for peace and comfort!
Dear Julie, Emily, Sarah and Jackson,
We are extremely sorry for your loss.
So unexpected and untimely .
We have lots of sweet memories of Steve from soccer fields when kids were little.
He was friendly and helpful person.
May God give eternal peace to his soul and
May God give you all strength and patience to face this most difficult time of life.
Please let me know if I can be of any help .
Love and prayers,
Daksha, Bharat , Niki and Rishi Khandheria 💝🙏
Julie, Emily, Sarah, & Jackson, we are so very sorry to hear this news. Steve was so kind and caring, and always intent on learning. Such a great family man in a wonderful family! Our heartfelt prayers for peace and comfort go out to all of you.
My heart breaks for you. Keeping you and yours in prayer. xo
I was privileged to work for Steve this past year on a project to open a new TTUHSC clinic in Canyon. He was always professional and supportive throughout the whole project. He always had a kind word to say whenever I passed him in the stairwell. He will be greatly missed.
My deepest condolences, Tracy, Greg, Julie, and your entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time.
May God’s Peace be with you.
I love you.
Praying for Julie, Emily, Sarah & Jackson. What a special family! I’m so sorry for your loss!
Praying for all the family. We love you.
We love you guys so much. Prayers as you make your way down this difficult path. Prayers for peace and comfort.
I am so sorry to hear this. I worked with Steve for a couple of years at The Craig and loved him as all the employees there did. I remember that Jackson was just a baby and Steve was so proud of him and the rest of his family.
My prayers are for Julie and all of his family and all of us who loved him and are grieving.
God Bless All
I love you, Uncle Steve! I will forever cherish our three mile summer walks and talks! Thank you for being such an awesome uncle! The tears are flowing, as you will be greatly missed here on Earth, and I’m a little jealous you are in Heaven. We all know I’ve so far been a “heaven reject.” I’ve tried, (not purposely of course), on more than one occasion to get a head start, and God has said, “nope,” you aren’t finished, get back to work! Julie, the kids, and Tracy are in good hands, and I’m pretty sure you already took care of things they were unaware of. Until we meet again walking and talking on the streets of Gold…Love, your oldest and very first niece Val
Julie, Emily, Sarah & Jackson; just SO very sorry to hear about Steve! We will surely miss him. Ya’ll are certainly in our thoughts & prayers. We love you! Dick & Jane
Sending my thoughts and prayers for your family at this difficult time. I worked with Steve through his online tutoring for TTUHSC for the past five years, and I knew him to be conscientious, thoughtful, and courteous in every interaction within our team and with our clients. He shared with me about his work at the church in one of our conversations, and I was struck by his knowledge of the subject he was teaching and the joy he expressed in the work. May God comfort you in your loss!