Stephen David Etheridge, 60, passed away on Jan. 13, 2013, in Rex.

A memorial in his honor will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6-7 p.m. at the Horis A. Ward Funeral Home at 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge.

David was born in Atlanta, to Hazel and Roy Etheridge on Feb. 7, 1952. He went to Fulton High School and graduated in 1970. He married Jennie Chandler on June 2, 1973, in Atlanta. He worked as a mechanic for Vanguard Trucks of Atlanta for the past 10 years. He was an avid Harley enthusiast and boasted not one, but two beautiful Harley Davidson motorcycles. In addition to loving beautiful motorcycles, he loved cars and has several awards from the Atlanta PD for never wearing a seatbelt. He also was awarded a master’s degree in Demolitions Expertise in 1973 as well as receiving an honorary P.I.M.A. award for an unprecedented 39 years in a row.

David is preceded in death by Big Mama Etheridge, Hazel Etheridge, and Roy Etheridge.

David is survived by his wife, Jennie, of Rex; son, Brian (Sarah), of Greenville; brothers, Pat, of Hampton, and Mark (Linda), of Monticello; sister, Carla (Larry) Peek, of Sharpsburg; nieces, Pam and her daughter Brittney, of Hampton, Meagen and Michelle Peek, of Sharpsburg, and Kristie (Nikolai) Enne, of Fayetteville; nephews, Justin Etheridge, of Monticello, and Josh Chandler, of Fayetteville; mother-in-law, Jacqueline Chandler, of McDonough; sister-in- law, Shirley Etheridge, of Rex; brother-in-law, Jim (Judy) Chandler, of Fayetteville.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks for the outpouring of support from family and friends. A personal tribute page can be found at: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Stephen-Etheridge&lc=7128&pid=162373692&mid=5380970&locale=en_US.