Stephen Shreeves was a wonderful man whose brilliance and dedication made a significant impact in the lives of many. Born on April 12, 1985, in West Palm Beach, Florida, Stephen grew up with his family in Ardmore, Alabama. He married his wife, Kayla Shreeves, in October of 2014. His professional life was spent in a lab, testing and ensuring the safety of the chemical components of various pharmaceuticals, including supporting a project for new cancer treatment therapies.
Stephen possessed an incredible intellect and was always willing to lend a helping hand to his colleagues. His expertise in the field was highly valued by his peers and employers due to his honest drive, thoughtful approach to problem solving, and committment to his goals.
Stephen was a man of many interests and passions. He had an undeniable love for history, particularly World War II, and had a talent for sharing incredibly detailed stories that entertained and amused everyone around him. He could go off on a tangent about the construction and efficacy of different tanks from all sides of the War, heatedly discuss the maneuvers of ships during the Battle of Midway, laughed through the complex politics of the French revolution, and could always tie these historical events back to something from the current day. When he spoke, people always listened in captivated fascination.
Stephen ran many dedicated tabletop games with his closest friends, including Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Battletech, Warhammer, and various other board games. His favorite part of the games was often less in the playing and more the careful assembling, building, and painting of the miniature figurines, of which he built an impressive collection. With his clever mind, he could craft complex worlds and intricate stories, or just throw a big monster in front of his friends for them to enjoy struggling to beat. Using different accents and affections in his games, he brought so much joy and laughter to his friends every week. When not with friends in person, he was often playing games with them online or just by himself, loving the quiet time for escapism and pure fun.
Stephen's proudest accomplishments were undoubtedly his two daughters, Evelyn and Sylvie. He was always supportive of their growth, education, and entertainment, sacrificing sleep and physical comfort to carry them around, giving piggybacks and horsey rides and swinging them around, taking them to soccer games and libraries and school and museums, and spoiling them with toys. Everything he did, he did for them.
On January 6, 2024, Stephen passed away after an intense but brief battle with cancer. His loss has left an indelible void in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy lives on through the memories shared by friends and family — memories filled with laughter, funny stories, a newfound take on the past, and his unique thoughtful kindness.
To honor Stephen's memory, visitation will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024, at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory in Madison, Alabama, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Central Time). A funeral service will follow at the same location from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. A private burial service will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery.
In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his brother Dr. Michael Shreeves, his mother Patty Shreeves, his father Peter Shreeves, and his sister June Peoples. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Stanley Krolczyk and his uncle Andy Shreeves.
May he finally rest in peace and a comfort that was denied him for so long.
We encourage everyone to sign the guestbook and share your favorite stories, memories, habits, and quirks of Stephen so we can preserve them for his two young children to know him as they grow up. Flowers are appreciated, but the family also would appreciate donations to the Naval Aviation Museum, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Gaffrey Foundation for Education (https://gaffrey.us/) in lieu of flowers.