Beryle Anderson “B. A.” Stepp passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the age of 91 at Ruston Regional Specialty Hospital in Ruston, LA. He was born on June 17, 1931, in El Paso, Texas, to William A. “Dub” Stepp and Mildred Beckham Stepp. B. A. grew up in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, and graduated from Chapman High School in Apalachicola, Florida. He attended Florida State University for two years before joining the United States Army. B. A. served in the army during the Korean War, training soldiers who were being deployed to Korea, and was honorably discharged in 1955. In 1956 he married Judith Wynn Stepp, his beloved wife. They lived in Florida, California, and Louisiana, calling Ruston home for the last 35 years.
B.A. was known for his contagious laugh and his love of a good joke. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Judy in their RV all over the United States. He loved painting and puzzles and enjoyed learning about trains and locomotives. Some of his favorite times were the hours he spent listening to Judy play the piano and the countless games of cards and dominos that he played over the years. He especially loved the Lord, read his Bible faithfully, and spent much time in prayer.
B.A. was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Norman Stepp, his sister-in-law Elda Lee Stepp, his brother-in-law Franklin Kirvin, and his nephews Jason, Jonathon, and Seth. He is survived by his wife Judy, his sons Bo and his wife Patty of Greenwell Springs, LA; David and his wife Abby of Dubach, LA; Terry and his wife Kathy of Dubach, LA; his daughter Sheila and her husband Kevin of Calhoun, LA; and his sister Shirley Stepp Kirvin of Slidell, LA. Also left to cherish his memory are his ten grandchildren: Kellye Weeks and her husband Billy of Guntersville, AL; Emily Johnston and her husband E. J. of Walker, LA; Danny Stepp and his wife Darcie of Livingston, LA; John Stepp and his wife Brit of Tampa, FL; Jeffrey Stepp of Ruston, LA; Zachary Calhoun of Copperas Cove, TX; Courtney Lambert and her husband Michael of Hot Springs, AR; Amanda Calvin and her husband Akshay of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Emily Kelley and her husband Josh of Conway, AR; and Madeline Nugent of Ruston, LA, along with 14 great-grandchildren (and two more on the way!), and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
The family would like to thank the staff at Ruston Regional and Dr. Mark Blackwelder for their loving care of Beryle.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at Kilpatrick Funeral Home at http://www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.
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