Stephen loved to travel, and be around people. His mother, Anita, was a founder of the Marshall County Exceptional Center. Prior to the center opening in 1963 children and adults with Stephen’s type of disabilities were confined to their homes. He loved the center, and has been a student there since the beginning. Every day when he left the center he had to tell everyone there, “goodbye,” without exception.
He is survived by his father, Joe Tom Haltom of Benton, who still serves on the Exceptional Center board; his step-mother, Betty Haltom of Benton; three step-sisters, Toni Griffy of Benton, Tina Thompson and Tracy Thompson both of Paducah; his cousins, Arlie and Joetta Ross; and his caretaker family, Rose Mary and Lee Roy Gamble, who have personally cared for Stephen since 1988; and many friends and acquaintances he has touched and inspired over the years.
Stephen was preceded in death by his mother, Anita Hailey Haltom.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 15 at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home. Rev. George Culp and Rev. Joel Frizzell officiated. Burial followed in the Haltom Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions are encouraged to go to the Marshall County Exceptional Center, P.O. Box 423, Benton, Kentucky 42025.
Condolences may be sent online at www.filbeckcannking.com.