Stephen Daniel Epps departed his life on Earth to spend eternity with his Lord on May 21, 2013. Dan was born on August 13, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved to Houston, Texas with his parents, James David and Eva Epps, and his brother, Michael, on April 21, 1963. Dan often spoke with pride of becoming a Houstonian on San Jacinto Day. He would go on to live most of his adult life in the Houston area.
Dan married his best friend, Tina Surratt, on May 12, 1984. Working together in the grocery business, they soon developed a relationship that resulted in a marriage that spanned over 29 years. Together they had one son, Ryan Daniel Epps. Dan had a deep-rooted love for his family and extended family.
Dan had an illustrious career in the retail business, spending the largest part of it in the grocery business. He began working for Lewis and Coker Supermarkets at the age of 16 and, as an adult, held management positions for a number of Houston-based super markets, as well as a stint managing one of the busiest truck stops in the Love’s Travel Stop chain. Late in his career, he transitioned to real estate sales and could always be counted on to give potential buyers the “straight scoop” on the property they were about to invest their hard-earned money in.
Dan loved looking at classic cars and enjoyed attending car shows with friends and with his son, Ryan. He prided himself on being able to identify the make and year model of old cars, many of which were older than he was. Dan was an animal lover, always attracting the love and loyalty of not only his own pets but also the love of the pets of friends. He developed a love for music in his childhood which he carried throughout his life and could spend hours just listening to music and visiting with family and friends.
Dan is survived by his wife, Tina Epps: son, Ryan Epps; mother, Eva Epps and a number of friends who he enjoyed spending time with. He is preceded in death by his father, James David Epps and brother, Michael Timothy Epps.
A memorial service celebrating Dan’s life will be held at Southway Community Church, 14011 South Freeway, Houston, Texas 77047 on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 12:00. A reception will follow at the church.