Mr. Manuel Ray Steptoe of San Augustine County, Texas, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Colonial Pines Care Center.
Manuel Ray was born February 15, 1936, in San Augustine County, Texas, to parents R.D. and Era Inez (Wall) Steptoe and had been a lifelong resident of the county's Norwood community. He was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and faithfully served as a deacon for many years. He was also a longtime active member of Broaddus Masonic Lodge #1112.
Mr. Steptoe was an accomplished painter and performed these duties among many businesses and residences in the San Augustine/East Texas area through the years. His family was also successful poultry farmers. Outdoor activities always gained Manuel Ray's attention, with a great love for fishing and squirrel hunting.
His survivors include his sons, Bruce Steptoe and wife Tammy of Shelbyville, Texas, and Alton Steptoe and wife Ann of San Augustine, Texas; his daughter, Liz Sowell and husband Ronnie of Chireno, Texas; his siblings, Doyline Bennefield, Tommy Joe "T.J." Steptoe and wife Nina, Deolan Steptoe and wife Marilyn, and Margaret Chambless, all of San Augustine, Texas, and Linda Runnels and husband Jimmy of Lufkin, Texas; grandchildren, Bryan Sanders, Brodie Steptoe, Kyle Steptoe, Austin Steptoe, Aaron Steptoe, Adam Steptoe, Jonathan Sowell, Clint Sowell, and Laura Sowell; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Black Steptoe, on November 24, 2020; a daughter, Belinda Joyce Steptoe, on May 25, 1982; his father, R.D. Steptoe, on November 1, 1972; and his mother, Era Wall Steptoe, on October 21, 2004.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022, at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. David Baxley and Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow at the Sowell Cemetery.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas.