In Memoriam
Chad  Wayne  Stevens

        Funeral services for Chad Wayne Stevens, 19, of Muskogee, OK will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2005 at First Assembly of God with Pastor Tom Fitch officiating. Pallbearers are Solomon Horsechief, Roy Bolin, Randy Fulton, Jonas Teehee, Jacob Foremen and Jon Bird. Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Turtle, Kyle Brauderick, Rusty Harry and Don Stogdale. Burial will be under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home.

Chad Wayne Stevens was born February 7, 1986 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma the son of Clifford Wayne Stevens and Carla Sue Johnson Stevens, and died May 8, 2005 in Choteau, Oklahoma. He attended Oldham Memorial Baptist Church. He loved to play softball. He was preceded in death by his great grandmother Goldie and John Stevens, grandmother, Bernice Stevens, sister Cindy Stevens, great-grandmother, Beulah Bebe, grandfather, Walter Johnson and cousin, Scottie McDaniel.

Survivors include his parents Clifford Stevens and Linda Lester of Muskogee, OK; mother, Carla Stevens and Jim Leeder of Oklahoma City, OK; grandfather, John Stevens, Jr., of Muskogee, OK; grandfather, William McCormik of Muskogee, OK; grandmother, Margie McCormik of Muskogee, OK; son, Evan James Stevens of Westville, OK; brother, Clifford Wayne Jr. and wife Brittany Stevens of Inola, OK; sisters, Stacy Stevens of Oklahoma, Skyla Stevens of Oklahoma, Kasey Weston of Muskogee, OK; step sister Candis Leeder of Oklahoma City; mother of his son, Jennifer Singletary of Westville, OK; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Former Sequoyah quarterback dies in crash
By Kenton Brooks ~ Muskogee Phoenix Sports Writer

        Solomon HorseChief talked to Chad Stevens just a few days ago.

"We were planning on what we were going to do this summer," HorseChief said. "We had not seen each other in a while. We were so used to being around each other. We were like brothers. He was my best friend."

HorseChief now grieves for his best friend.

The 19-year-old Stevens died in a single-car accident early Sunday morning, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The accident, the OHP said, happened on old Highway 33, 1 1/2 miles west of Chouteau in Mayes County.

A 2004 Tahlequah Sequoyah graduate, Stevens died from massive head injuries, according to the OHP accident report. Stevens' car struck a tree on the passenger side, and Stevens was pinned in the car for an undetermined amount of time. Stevens was not wearing his seat belt, the report said.

Stevens, a Muskogee native, was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Indians. He was a two-time All-Phoenix selection.

HorseChief was a receiver during that time.

"We did everything together," HorseChief said. "We grew up together and played on the same baseball team."

HorseChief's father, Sam, called his son at his Redlands College dorm to tell him the news. The elder HorseChief is also a coach at Sequoyah.

Other people got word from Clifford Stevens, Chad's brother.

"Chad's the best football player I've ever coached, and I've coached in Class 6A for a while," Kyle Braudrick, the Indians' former offensive coordinator, said.

Braudrick now works and coaches at Hulbert.

"I was at Sequoyah for four years and so was Chad," he said. "I watched him grow up. He was like another son to me. Chad was a real special kid."

Stevens was also special to Don Stogsdill, the former Sequoyah head football coach.

"When I first heard about what happened, I thought I was having a dream," Stogsdill said. "It didn't sink in for the first two or three hours. This is hard to take. Any kid that young, if it's Chad or whoever, you don't understand why this happens.

"He called me about a month ago. He was roofing houses and had gained about 20 pounds. He said to me, 'I don't know if I can go back on the field.' He was one of those kids who made you mad as heck one minute, but very happy the next. This is shocking."

Funeral services for Stevens will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Assembly of God Church in Muskogee with Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home handling the services.

"I love him and miss him already," Solomon HorseChief said.