Let the memory of Stephen be with us forever
  • 21 years old
  • Born on May 5, 1987 .
  • Passed away on April 3, 2009 .

Stephen F. Dearmon was known as a true gentleman wherever he was. "He would open doors for people. If he was at the store he would help elderly people put groceries in their cars. For Stephan that''s how life was supposed to be. He loved people, he loved life, but he hated the evil in the world," the Rev. David Hayes said. Dearmon, 21, of Crossville, Tenn., died April 3 after a non-combat incident in Anbar province. He was a combat photographer and was assigned to Camp Lejeune. Dearmon joined the Marines in August 2007 and was promoted to the rank of lance corporal on Oct. 1. "He was such a loving, caring, goodhearted boy who would give anyone the shirt off his back. You couldn''t ask for a better son. He hung out with his mom like we were best friends. He wasn''t ashamed to go shopping with me or be seen with me anywhere," said his mother, Robin Hartke. He also is survived by his stepfather, Steven Hartke, and his father, William Dearmon. "Stephan didn''t like to see anyone sad. If you were sad, he would have you laughing by the end of the time you were talking with him. He wanted everyone to be happy," Hayes said.

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