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STEPHEN DEWAYNE TOOTLE II

Stephen Dewayne Tootle II, 32, of Savannah, passed away peacefully at home on the evening of December 20, 2020. Stephen will forever be remembered by all who truly knew him for his giving heart and his ability to make instant friendships. He knew no stranger and he deeply cared for everyone he met. He found the good in everyone and everything. He was generous in a way that most can only strive to be. He had a heart of gold. Stephen loved his family above all.

Stephen was born on February 23, 1988, in Savannah, Georgia. His childhood was filled with fishing, hunting, sports (especially baseball), and many joyful times with family and friends. He graduated from Benedictine Military School in 2006 and the University of Georgia in 2010 with a degree in risk management and insurance. He then returned home to Savannah and worked as a commercial fisherman in the family’s crabbing business.

Stephen battled addiction and would want everyone to know his story in the hope that he could save someone else from pain. He said many times that if he could not be healed of his addiction, that he wanted God to take him home. He was found by a pot of freshly brewed coffee and a slice of pecan pie. His family believes God heard his prayers and took him to peace. Stephen would want you to know that if you have a family member suffering, don’t ever stop telling them that you care.

Stephen is survived by his selfless and loving parents, Stephen Dewayne and Paula Watts Tootle of Savannah; his four siblings, Brooke (Craig), Stephanie, Kyle (Anna), and Ben (fiancé, Lacy); his grandmother, Rose Tootle; his nephews, Cooper, Jackson, and Harrison; his niece, Livvie; godparents, Ben and Tina Blackston; adoring aunt, Judy Crawford, and innumerable loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and loyal friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam Tootle and William and Gloria Watts of Savannah; beloved uncle, Larry Crawford, and cousin, Aimee Schwartz.

We pray that Stephen is fully restored and watches over us today and always.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 4:30 Sunday afternoon, December 27, 2020, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue with the Rosary at 4:30 in the funeral home chapel.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning, December 28, 2020, at St. James Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St. James Catholic School – 8412 Whitfield Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406-6135 or Benedictine Military School – 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31406 or a charity of the donor’s choice to help fight alcohol and drug addiction or childhood illness.

Online Condolences

  1. Harry & Sherri Connolly says:

    Tootle Family, our hearts are heavy as we heard the news of Stevie. He was a great person to have been taken off this earth so soon. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Carey Canales says:

    Big Steve and Paula,
    My heart and prayers are with the family.

  3. The Thompson Family says:

    To The Tootle Family, We are so sorry to hear about Stephen, You are in our thoughts and prayers

  4. Mark and Kelley Miller says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  5. Dan Frawley says:

    I’m so shocked and saddened to have just read of the passing of your son. I can only imagine, no, I can’t even imagine the grief after the loss of a child. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. May GOD be with you as you navigate the coming days …

  6. Susan Morgan says:

    Dear Paula and Steve, I am so sorry that you have to bear this pain. When someone loses a child you feel their pain because you know how much sorrow surrounds them. Stephen was always so nice. Love, Susan Morgan

  7. The Katz Family says:

    To the Tootle Family,

    We are so saddened to hear about Stephen. The Katz family is sending you love and comfort during this difficult time. Please know we are here for you.

  8. Melissa Wells says:

    To the entire family, our condolences for this incredible loss. I will always remember Stephen as one of my greatest students. I called him my peace maker because he could bring the tension level down with his gentle nature. He will be missed by so many. The Wells family wishes we could do something, but for now please know our prayers are with all of you.

  9. The Valentine Family says:

    Our condolences to the Tootle family. Stephen was a wonderful guy, always had a smile on his face when we saw him. May God give you strength and comfort in the days and months ahead.

    Love,
    Garrett, Megan, & Kelley Valentine

  10. Tinka and Al Pace says:

    Paula and Family, we are lifting you in prayer and wrapping you in love. Our heartfelt sympathy.

  11. Ashley Greenwell says:

    To your entire family, sending endless prayers for peace and comfort during such an incredibly painful time. I have so many wonderful memories from our time at UGA that included Stephen and his infectious laugh and bright light. He was such a kind and loving person who will be greatly missed.

  12. Mike and Andria Douglas says:

    To the Tootle family:
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Stephen. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  13. Stephen Carl says:

    To the entire Tootle family. Eva and I are so sorry to read of Stephen’s passing. It was a pleasure to know him while attending BC. I will always remember him. May the good Lord take care of him. Chief

  14. Polly Stramm says:

    Steve and I will always remember Stephen as a wonderful person with a heart of gold. Whenever he was around us he was super polite, always smiling and always willing to help (once helping our son-in-law ,Tyler Carver move a washer and dryer into our house). We loved his laugh and his sense of humor. We hurt knowing that he’s gone but know that the family’s suffering is so much worse than what we’re experiencing. We pray for comfort and understanding for you all. We’ll never forget dear Stephen.
    Love,
    Polly and Steve Stramm

  15. The Skibicki Family says:

    Our sincerest condolences to your whole Family at the loss of Stephen. There can be no greater pain than a parent to have to bury their child, and we will pray for you both. My Mother having lost our Brother at close to the same age knows for sure that she has an angel in Heaven, and now you do as well. May perpetual light shine upon him and keep him. – Brian and Nancy Skibicki

  16. Kristen Redding says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I will be praying for the family during this difficult time.

  17. Larsen and Lydia Moore says:

    Paula and Stephen,
    We were so devastated and shocked to hear of your son’s passing. Sending prayers to all of you during this especially difficult time and year.

  18. Lynn and David Bailey says:

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Stephen’s passing.
    I think of all the times he spent at our house with Michael. He was so loving and we loved him. I will never forget his laugh and his big heart of gold.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. He will truly be missed.
    Lynn and David Bailey

  19. Sonny and Janice Swanson says:

    Steve and Paula our love and prayers are with y’all and the whole family . God bless all of you . Love Janice and Sonny

  20. Irving & Amanda Drought says:

    Steve and Paula,
    There are no words that we can say to soften the hurt…It is truly in God’s merciful hands, now. We wish God’s healing hands to help you and your family find peace… Stephen would always bring a smile to our faces whenever we ran into him!!! Love to your family, Irving and Amanda Drought

  21. Michael and Mary Gene Sikes says:

    Stephen was always such a sweet, polite and kind young man. We will always remember him as the young man filled with love, a generous spirit and sweet mischief for all of his friends. Our hearts go out to all of the Tootle family.

  22. Roy and brenda carver says:

    Stephen was a very special young man! He will be missed by all who knew him. If you knew him, you loved him! Praying for you and all of his family.

  23. Gemanika Piper says:

    I am lost for words, my eyes fill with tears every time I think of Steven and all pain his family is in. This kid was truly one of the most beautiful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. He will always have a place in my heart. May God ease your pain and kiss your tears.

  24. Tony and Shirley Ryan says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and Paula and family. Stephen was always a genuine caring person who was a pleasure to be around. He truly would give you “ the shirt off his back” to help you. Though the years we enjoyed Stephen mainly thru the friendship he enjoyed with our youngest son Kevin, they were best friends at Benedictine & UGA. A fine young man, indeed. May God hold him in the palm of his hand, ☘️

  25. Jennifer Kelly Duclos says:

    Prayers for your family!! May you feel God’s grace and comfort! Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him

  26. Nancy and Doug Hanzel says:

    To all your family, we ache with you at the loss of Stephen. He had such a kind and giving heart and was surrounded by a loving family.
    Our love to you and prayers as you go forward.

  27. Scott and Pat (Hill) Dickinson says:

    We were deeply saddened to learn of Steven’s passing. We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Scott and Pat

  28. Haley Jones says:

    So very sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  29. Leigh and Al Harris says:

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Stephen is with Larry now and I know they are watching over their beloved family. May God watch over you all and send peace to you. Please know you are all loved by us.

  30. Sister Judith Geschke says:

    Prayers for you and your family

  31. Cindy Dotson Simons says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers during this time of need.

  32. Chip & Teri Grayson says:

    To the entire Tootle family, please know that your pain is being felt by all of your friends and fellow parishioners at Saint James Church. I remember you and Steve bringing all your children into mass, and remarking about how close you all are. Words aren’t enough except when we pray to God, and we pray He grants you strength to weather this tragedy that has fallen upon your family. Hold on to all the good memories, keep Stephen with you through fun stories and smiles. God bless you all.

  33. Thembi & Curtis says:

    Paula & Steve, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Stephen. He always made me smile. And seemed to completely understand my love for crabs.

    We are sending all of our love, thoughts and prayers to you guys, from Atlanta & Augusta.

  34. Johnsie Peters Brannen says:

    Paula, Stephen and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Stephen was a great young man that will be missed by anyone that had the chance to know him. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers! Love you all!

    Johnsie Brannen & Family

  35. Curtis,Beth, and Blake says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We all loved Stephen and thought the world of him. He will truly be missed. God has gained a great new Angel!

  36. Reinaldo Osorio says:

    My heart felt condolences to the Tootle family. Stephen , my you rest in peace. My God bless you and comfort your family. Stephen, I will always remember you as a kind gentle soul.

  37. Sally and Brian Kennedy says:

    What a beautiful obituary for such a kind soul. A slice of pie, a pot of coffee… and Mass with the family that morning. God’s mercy on display! May that same mercy enfold you now. Erternal rest grant unto, Stephen, O Lord.

  38. Nathan Vaughan Finley says:

    So very sad to hear this.. I will be thinking of and praying for your family now and in the days ahead.. ✨✨

  39. Karrie Kuharik says:

    Dearest Dr. Tootle, I have no words. I am beyond sorry for your loss. I have lost amazing friends and family members to addiction, so I applaud your family for speaking out. Awareness is vital. His smile in that picture was obviously infectious, warm and endearing. I have no doubt that he is truly healed and at peace. His soul is at rest now. I will be praying for you guys in the days and weeks to come. God bless y’all and give you peace. Blessed are those who grieve for they shall be comforted.

  40. Sharon and Gary says:

    Stevie, Paula and family. There are not enough words to say how sorry we are for the loss of Stephen. He loved life as much as he loved his family and friends. His soul is at peace. May God Bless y’all and give y’all comfort. We love ❤️ Y’all. Sharon and Gary

  41. Betty Ann & Chris DiSilvestro says:

    Paula, Steve, and entire family,
    A beautiful obituary for an incredibly sweet young man! I hope he knew that we loved him as we love all of you. We are heartbroken. You are in our prayers.

  42. Pam brown says:

    My heart is filled with sorrow! Even though he battled addiction he was one of the nicest people that I had the pleasure of knowing! My prayers go out to all family. I will miss he smile and great personality!!

  43. robbie morrison says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Robbie and Kelly Morrison

  44. Kim & Steven Hugunin says:

    OH YALL, we are so sorry for your loss, Stephen was a fine young man. We understand the pain, and it’s heart breaking. He’s resting in peace now, may you find some peace in that. Is tough times for sure, God will help you through, still helping us. We praying for your family. We should talk. Hugs to all.

  45. Terry BarbeeDerst says:

    Paula, I’m so sorry to hear about your son….I have no words
    Please know you and your family are in my prayers.

  46. Meredith J. Blackston says:

    Stevie and Paula. No words. Praying for your family. I believe your boy is walking with Jesus.

  47. Liz and Gordy Cox says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. There are no words.

  48. Mark and Julie Gannam says:

    Stephen and Paula,
    There are no words to adequately describe the pain of losing a child. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May you all find peace and hold dearly to wonderful memories in the days ahead.
    Much love and sympathy,
    Mark and Julie

  49. Debbie Tootle says:

    Stevie & Paula, My heart breaks for you and your family. May God guide you through this difficult time. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  50. Chris Connolly says:

    Rest In Peace Stephen

  51. Trey Rawles says:

    Stephen – I hope that you found your peace and can’t wait to see you on the other side. I’ve never met a man with such infectious love and laughter. I’m sorry I didn’t reach out or see you in the past few years. It pains me so much that we lost touch and I just can’t wait to see you again one day in God’s palace.

  52. Rick and Suzanne Adams and family says:

    Steve and Paula, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with peace, comfort, and strength. There are no words to express and describe the pain you are enduring. I am so sorry.
    With sympathy,
    Love, Rick, Suzanne, and family

  53. The Kamppi Family says:

    To the Tootle family, our love and prayers are with you all. Our hearts are br
    broken with the loss of another family friend. Peace be with you all !

  54. Blaine Family says:

    Our prayers are with the Tootle family, and know you are surrounded by the many friends Stephen made in life.

  55. Anne Kastensmidt LaMere says:

    May you find strength when you feel weak and love when you feel forsaken. May you find comfort, hope, and peace in this time of chaos. Reaching out from miles away to say that Stephen is remembered and our hearts break with yours. May God Bless You.

  56. Keelie Reed says:

    Stephen’s departure has struck me deeply. I didn’t really know him, howevet i have never met a member of his family including him, who wasn’t kind, courteous, and instantly likeable. The Tootle family is a beautiful family, in looks and in deeds, although I
    I know the path this family has to travel will be hard and heavy. I pray for God’s peace that passeth understanding, love, comfort, and strength. He
    He will show you in many ways, he is still with you. I know nobe will take the place of him being here. I have no doubt you will see and be with h8m again. In Christ Jesus, with abundant love.

  57. Tom & Kathy Hall says:

    Our hearts bleed and our souls pain for the family. We keep you in our prayers as you struggle through this tragedy and going forward. We ask our most merciful God to wrap His loving arms around you and give you the grace and strength to go forward. God bless you all! All our Love.

  58. Linda Shellhamer says:

    Our hearts ache for you all. Absolutely the most heart felt obituary ever. Please know that we love you all.

  59. The Davis family says:

    Dear Paula and Stevie and the rest of the family, Our hearts have been broken all day after learning of your loss. Please know that God holds you tight in his arms and Stephen will have eternal rest. The pain of loosing a child is like none other. You have our heartfelt sympathy and will keep all of you in our prayers and thoughts. Love to you all.

  60. Amy Vanatta says:

    Stephen and Paula,
    As a hygienist, I had the pleasure of watching the Tootle children grow up over the years. I can remember when they were little, Paula would have them draw straws to see who got to go first! The Tootles made every experience fun and positive….even going to the dentist! I was so very sorry to hear about Stephen. My heart aches for each of you. You are all in my prayers. I will never forget Stephen and his beautiful smile.
    All my love,
    Amy

  61. Margaret and Tim Wallace says:

    I was always impressed with Stephen’s faith. No matter how hungry or hurried he would always remember to stop before a meal and say a blessing. This act of thankfulness for a simple meal is something I still remember each time I say a blessing. The Wallaces have such happy memories with Stephen. Our prayers are with his loving family.

  62. Jamie Fields says:

    Paula, Steve, and family , From Mallory, Justin and I we send our sincerest prayers to all of you, These times with close families all we can do is huddle and remember the fun times and all of the memories. Little Steve certainly will be missed by so many, He now has Larry to remind him again on those baseball technics in heaven, Prayers to all of you and the extended family.

  63. Bobbi Keith says:

    My prayers and condolences go out to the family!

  64. Danny and Linda MacMillan says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family. God will give peace through these trying days.

  65. Danny and Linda MacMillan says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family. God will give peace and strength to you through these trying days.

  66. The Summerlin Family says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Stephen was a precious gift with a beautiful spirit. We are lifting up prayers that all may feel Gods love, comfort and peace. No doubt God has welcomed Stephen with shining arms, and rejoices in the courage that Stephen showed, over and over again. We love you.

  67. The Cetti Family says:

    We are heartbroken to hear of this tragic loss. Please know that you and your precious family are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  68. Charlie and Sybil Moore says:

    Steve, Paula and family, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and will be in the days ahead. Our God is faithful to take care of our every need! We pray that you will feel the presence of God during this very difficult time.

  69. Avis Coleman says:

    Paula and Steve, I don’t know how to express my feelings for you but just know that you are in my prayers.

  70. Tammy and Toby Poston says:

    The Tootle Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, We pray God will wrap his loving arms around you and your family and bring you comfort and peace.

  71. Jimmy Lee says:

    So sorry for your loss. Stephen is at a better place now. Thoughts and prayers to the Tootle family.

  72. The Kropp Family says:

    We are truly saddened by this news. Praying God will somehow give your family comfort and peace. Stephen was such a nice young man and we want to send our sincere condolences. Love you guys!❤️

  73. Vanessa Burns says:

    May the Lord bless you and keep you in this time of sorrow, reminding you of treasured memories, and the gift of shared love. I am so very sorry. You are all in my prayers.

    I will miss his smile.

  74. Elizabeth and Jared carroll says:

    The Tootle Family ,
    We send our biggest hugs and all the love to you guys doing this time of great loss. I know no words can take away the pain but we are lifting y’all up in prayers for y’all to feel the warmth and love from God during this time. Stephen was always so kind to our family and never skipped a beat to say hello if we were visiting my parents and saw him around town or stopped by yalls house for a hair trim or to pick up crabs.

    All of our love,
    Jared, Elizabeth, Langston & Willa.

  75. Mike and Kathy King says:

    Paula and Steve, Words cannot express the sadness we feel for your loss. Stephen was a precious human being. Heaven has gained an angel. We are praying for you and your family to feel the peace that only God can give during a time like this. Much love to you all.

  76. Carolyn and Don Mullis says:

    Stephen and Paula
    You are in my prayers over the loss of young Stephen.
    Don

  77. Naomi Ryan says:

    Stephen was larger than life, a room could barely hold him. I have countless memories of him and Robbie. Stephen never failed to make me smile or laugh. I will miss him forever.

    Love and prayers,
    Naomi Ryan

  78. Sallie Wilbanks says:

    Tootle Family – I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’ll always think fondly of Stephen from my time living with Stephanie in Athens! You are in my prayers.

    Sincerely,

    Sallie Wilbanks

  79. Charles and Zelda Dubberly says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your son, Stephen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and the entire Tootle Family and friends.

  80. Fran Todd says:

    Dear Paula,
    My heart is breaking for you. Steve and I are so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Stephen. Please know that we are praying that God will give you and your precious family strength and comfort in the days to come. Much love to you all.

  81. BANDY'SBAIT says:

    To the family of Stephen, his obituary was written beautifully and described exactly who Stephen was. Stephen in fact, was kind,, funny and caring. I am deeply saddened by his passing . Stephen and I spoke often when he worked from Butterbean and other times when he would just show up to say hello and ask me how I was doing, never leaving without making me laugh. My staff and I are saddened and send our sincere condolences to the family. Renee

  82. Dellla says:

    Wow.. words just escape me .. there are no words of comfort .. this is just so Devastating .. I only have memories of Stephen as a youngster .. all that has been said started then .. I wish I had kept up with all the kids .. and you guys .. seems like I live away from all down here in south Florida .. you have to be at peace to know that he suffers no more that his transition was peaceful.. that his very own prayer was answered .. . he is with Larry .. Sam.. mr and Mrs watts .. and Aimee .. together .. they will shine bright from the pearly gates of heaven .. they will watch over you as only angels can.. there will always be a place that you’ll remember .. he will be right there .. just hold your heart .. he is with you .. every step of the way .. my heart is so heavy for you and Steve.. the closeness all have always had in your household .. GOD will not forsake you .. he will be with you every step of the way as you travel this journey we call life .. may GOD BLESS you with his peace -his hope-his love -his understanding .. may he hold you in the palm of his hands .. though miles apart ..I think of you guys always ..I have seen the kids grow on social media .. what great accomplishments for all .. beautiful grand babies .. I love you always .. my prayers for all the family ..

  83. Pam Dufrain says:

    I cannot accurately find words to tell you how sorry I am for your family. Stephen was a kind, giving and caring young man back in his days at St. James. He could always be counted on to help whenever it was needed. I pray the Lord will wrap His arms around each of you and bring you comfort and peace as only He can.

  84. Craig and Hope Meeks says:

    Paula, Steve and family we send our condolences to you all. We pray that God will continue to carry you all through this tremendous loss of Stephen. We will always remember him with that smile and good hearted laugh. Keeping you all in our prayers. God Bless and keep you.

  85. Judy and Art McDougal says:

    Steve , Paula and Family, It is so hard to express my heartfelt sorrow for the tragic loss of your son. My prayers are with re with your Family at this unimaginable time. You are such a great Family and My hope is that your faith can give you hope and strength. Please cherish the good times and memories and reflect on those. My continued prayers for you in the days ahead.
    All my best and Love,
    Judy

  86. Ron Smiley says:

    My sincere condolences to the Tootle family on the loss of your son and brother Stephen. We were blessed to be able to watch the Tootle children grow up as part of our dental office family. We pray that the many great memories of Stephen will give you strength and peace to get you thru this time of loss.
    God Bless

  87. Kathy Smith says:

    Soo sorry to hear of your loss. God is taking care of you and your family and taking care
    Of Stephen. He is at peace

  88. Laurie Slaughter says:

    Stevie and Paula- I’m so sorry about Stephen. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. We love y’all so much and will be praying that you’ll be comforted by the memories you shared with him and the love from family and friends.

  89. Lauren Thomas says:

    To the Tootles- Reading these words no one could doubt that you loved and supported Stephen in every way a family can.

    To Brooke, I’m fortunate to be able to call you a dear friend and devastated that something like this has happened to you. You’ve spoken of Stephen many times over the years and it was always with hope and love. I’m sure he heard that in your voice just like I did. There is a special bond between siblings that will never be broken, and I fully believe that you will see him again.

    Love, Lauren

  90. Robyn Quattlebaum says:

    It was with great sadness I read of Stephen passing. It was always good to see his smiling face when he came to visit us at Driftaway. Definitely one of a kind! My prayers are with him and his family. May God grant you peace that only He can.

  91. Karen & John Leffler says:

    to Brooke and all the Tootle family; our heartfelt sympathy .and extend our prayers and condolences to all of you; we are thinking about you during this holiday season; celebrate Stephen’s life by living and loving this season, the laugh will come later; We love you

  92. Annie Schemmel says:

    My heart goes out to you as you go through these tough times. Remember all the good times and cherish those memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  93. Richard & Anita Morgan says:

    May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you on the loss of your precious son. Prayers and thanksgiving for his life here on earth but also his eternal life in heaven ♥️

    Sincerely,
    Richard & Anita Morgan

  94. Thomas Yarbrough says:

    Stevie, Paula and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He was such a good young man, and always had a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  95. Sally & Gerald Cowart says:

    Dear Paula, Stevie and Family,
    Our prayers are with you all, we are so sorry…
    God bless you all!
    Stephen is now at peace, he is with God!
    We think of you all so often, and always remember Stephen as such a peaceful soul with that wonderful Tootle Smile.
    Love
    Sally, Gerald, Emily and Betsy Cowart

  96. Kathy &Marty Peterson says:

    Dear Paula, Steve and the Tootle Family,
    We were so saddened to hear about Stevie. We cannot even begin to imagine how you must feel. Please know that you are all in our Prayers. Surely God will carry you all through this difficult time. God Bless you all and may he Rest In Peace. Amen. Love, The Peterson Family.

  97. Cody & Taylor Brown says:

    Tootle Family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Stephen’s passing. Along with you all, we will miss him and his love for fresh seafood in the low country. He was a pleasure to know, and always so friendly. Sending love, comfort, and strength in the say ahead.
    Love,
    Cody and Taylor Brown

  98. Amy & Rob Massey says:

    Dearest Friends, We hope somehow you can feel all our hearts want to say… praying for you deeply.
    Love to all ♥️The Massey & Bayliss Families

  99. Kim and Oliver Peters says:

    Dearest cousins,
    Our hearts are breaking at the loss of your precious son. We pray that God will hold you in his arms during this terrible time and give you strength and peace. The entire family is in our thoughts, our prayers, and in our hearts.
    Love,
    Kim and Oliver

  100. Patty Mixon says:

    Dear Tootle family, please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear son. I only knew him through his Aunt Nancy, but she always described him as a loving, hard working, wonderful young man. The loss of a child is the most heartbreaking emotion any parent can endure. I applaud your honesty regarding his addiction and I hope it encourages others to recognize that it is a cunning, baffling and powerful disease.
    God promises that we will be together again. He will heal our broken bodies. That promise helped me so much when I lost my son to addiction. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  101. Sr. Helen Marie Buttimer says:

    Dear Tootle Family,
    Please know that Stephen, and all of you, are in our prayers. May God give you all the blessings of this beautiful season of hope. I know you believe God’s promise of eternal peace in his undying love, which Stephen is experiencing fully.
    Your beautiful and courageous obituary was a blessing to so many! You’ll never how many will benefit from that.
    May God’s love continue to bless your with peace. Love & prayers from the Sisters of Mercy.

  102. Tony and Beth Buttimer says:

    To The Entire Tootle Family, Our Friends.
    We mourn, beside each of you, over the loss of Stephen. We are leaning on the promises of God, that His loving arms will provide comfort, peace and assurance, to all of you, of Steven’s eternal life, in heaven. We will always remember Stephen’s larger than life personality and the ability to make us feel loved and so special. Everyday, our prayers and love, will be for all of you.

    Tony and Beth Buttimer ❤️

  103. Johnny Wells says:

    it was a pleasure to know Stephen,Many times we talked in the mornings on his way to the river(butter bean).my prayers and condolence to the family this time of year

  104. Kathy Floyd Covington says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I can’t even imagine the pain you are experiencing. I didn’t know the young man but I knew his dad. I knew the family growing up. Please know my family ( Floyds) send love.

  105. Nicky Van says:

    My deepest condolences to your family. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  106. Dorothy Fripp says:

    My deepest condolences to the Tootle Family in the lost of your Son. Our prayers are with you at this sad time.Dorothy Fripp and Family.

  107. Sherri Dingle says:

    Shephen was the person you would want to be around round if you are having a bad day or down about something when you want to cry he made you laugh when you want to give up he pick you up .he showed you just how much he loved you I am truly bless and proud to call him one of my many babies of the tootle family I will be praying for you and your family ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  108. Dan and Tamee Chen says:

    We are so saddened by this but know that God loves Stephen just as much as we do. We are thankful to have some good memories and recent exchange of beautiful words with Stephen. We will miss him terribly but will continue to pray for the family during this time.

    Love you Stephen.

  109. Ray Cheong says:

    Peace and comfort to the Tootle Family❤️
    God Bless.

  110. Tom and Becky Brackett says:

    Words cannot express how much our heart aches for your family. We pray God’s grace on you all as you go through this difficult time.

  111. Michael knight says:

    So sorry to hear that Stephen has passed. I pray that God will give all family members peace through this time.

  112. Kevin Tootle says:

    Steve and Paula
    We love you both so much and Bobbie and I are praying that the good Lord will grant you the peace that passes all understanding . Remember all the great times with Stephen and we will see you soon
    Love ya Kevin and Bobbie Malloy and Sam

  113. Bryan and Kathy Roux says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  114. Kim Bennett says:

    Thinking of you all today and in the days to come. I pray you find peace and comfort in your memories. My heart aches.

  115. Christy and Joshua Hale says:

    We still can’t believe Stephen is no longer with us. We are grieving with each of you, our family and cousin clan won’t ever be the same! Josh and I will always remember the time when that junior groomsmen in our wedding, aka Stephen, fainted during the service! Stephen had a way of making everyone laugh, even when he wasn’t trying! We always laugh when we think of that day, and are thankful for that memory among many others. May you cherish your sweet memories with Stephen. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers will remain with you. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.” We love you Tootle family.

  116. Lou Davis says:

    May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you all in your times of great sadness, my heart is broken for all of the family, I know there are no words to ease your pain, but please know I hold you all in prayers for comfort and peace in the coming days and forward. Rest In Peace sweet Stephen ❤️

  117. Cheryl Jones says:

    Steve, Paula and family,
    I cannot adequately express the deep sadness I feel at the passing of your baby boy, Stephen. I have been continually lifting you up in prayer. May you find some comfort in knowing he is with Jesus, our Lord and Savior and you will meet again. I pray God wraps his arms tightly around you and gives you the peace that passes understanding. I’m standing on God’s word and claiming this promise for you. I love you all.

  118. Pam Hadsell says:

    Steve and Paula,
    Peace be with you and your family. May God’s blessings guide you through this tragedy.
    My love and prayers are with you,
    Pam

  119. Irene Miltiades Purdy says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family at this sad time. May his memory be eternal.
    With my deepest sympathy,
    Irene Miltiades Purdy

  120. grace diaz brantley says:

    Condolences and heartfelt prayers on behalf of my children, his 2nd cousins, Stefanie, Spencer, Cassidy and Wyatt Tootle

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