Louis Stephen Gifford, age 79, passed away in Gainesville, Texas, on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2:41 am.
Steve was born on May 17, 1940 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated high-school at Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry, AR. His college years started at Southwestern Junior College, Keene, TX but he earned his college degree from Union College in Lincoln, NE. He did one year of graduate study at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.
He served as president of the Kansas-Nebraska Conference of SDA in Topeka, KS from 1983 - 1986. He went to the Southeastern California Conference of SDA in Riverside, CA where he served as president from 1986 - 1994. He then was elected president of the Texas Conference of SDA in Alvarado, TX and served there from 1994 - 2004 at which time he retired.
Survivors include his wife Jeanne Gifford, and his sisters, Susie and husband, Jimmy Collier of Marshall, TX and Linda June of Shreveport. LA. Also, his sons, Trent Gifford of CA, Jon and wife, Wendy Gifford of Cleburne, TX, and Michael and wife, Jennifer Gifford of Kettering, OH.
Steve will be laid to rest Sabbath, March 21st at 3:00 pm at Glenwood Cemetery in Alvarado, TX.
A celebration of Steve's life is pending for a later date.
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