Stephen Thomas Pettigrew, “RED”

Stephen Thomas Pettigrew, “RED”, age 23, of Maylene, Alabama, passed from this life to spend eternity with his Savior Jesus Christ on January 8, 2021, as a result of injuries sustained in a work related accident. He was born March 31, 1997, to the proud parents of Calvin and Angie Pettigrew.

Stephen made a profession of faith and was baptized at the age of 7. He was an active member of Dogwood Grove Baptist Church, where he participated in Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips, and many other events. He was truly “one of a kind” to all who knew him.

Stephen attended Joseph Bruno Montessori and graduated from Kingwood Christian School in 2015. He attended Jefferson State College for 2 years, then went on to complete his electrician training as an apprentice and was working toward being certified as Journeyman.

Stephen was a Boy Scout and member of Troop 367 in Hoover, Alabama. During his scouting life, he obtained 56 merit badges, became a member of the Order of the Arrow, served as staff member on 2 National Youth Leadership Training courses, and attended several high adventure bases. The highlight of his scouting career was completing his Eagle project which was erecting a bell tower at Dogwood Grove Baptist Church, which then allowed him to receive his Eagle Scout Award. He continued work teaching Wilderness First Aid courses, where he enjoyed acting out the scenarios with gusto.

Stephen has always loved the outdoors, animals, and the barn life. He loved his horse Stormy; the two of them enjoyed many wonderful trail rides together. He was the happiest riding around in his Red Ford dually truck, with the window down, wearing his cap backward, and a pair of well-worn cowboy boots.

Stephen had an infectious smile and never met a stranger. He was respectful, joyful, happy, loving, and always willing to lend a hand to whomever. He gave the best heartfelt hugs to anyone young or old. His silly side was never far away, from the shrug of his shoulder to the expressive facial expression. Stephen lived life to the fullest. He had a heart of pure gold.

On behalf of the family, we thank Anna Grace Monroe for the heart felt love you have shown our son and the joy you have brought to our lives. We will always consider you a part of our family.

Stephen is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Roy Pettigrew & Anson Fullington. Stephen is survived by his parents, Calvin & Angie Pettigrew; grandparents, Dora Pettigrew & Rick & Irene VanEgmond; aunts & uncles; Jake & Pam Matrick, Andy & Donna Fullington, Lanny & Angie Foote, Jeff & Jennifer Rhea, Kerry & Cindy Pettigrew. He also leaves behind many cousins and cherished friends.

Stephen’s family will receive friends on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Dogwood Grove Baptist Church in Montevallo, AL from 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. His funeral service will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00a.m. with Bro. Todd Burr and Bro. Andy Fullington officiating. He will lie-in-state one hour prior to his service. Stephen will have a graveside service on Saturday, January 16, 2021 in Lakewood South Memorial Park in Jackson, Mississippi where he will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Stephen to Dogwood Grove Baptist Church Jesus & Me/Building Fund. The donations can be made online at


  1. Jackie Burnety on January 14, 2021 at 10:33 am

    My heart aches for you. What a wonderful son he must have been. I haven’t seen you in years but remember you all with love.

  2. David Luthin on January 14, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Calvin and Angie, What a wonderful young man he was to work with in the youth leadership of Troop 367. He truly lived his life according to Scout Oath and Law and will be so tremendously missed. He was such a good role model for so many of our boys in the troop. Our hearts are all hurting. Our thoughts and prayer go to you and your family during this time.

    Much love and strength to you,

    Your Troop 367 Family

  3. Terri Betcher on January 14, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Dear Angela and Calvin,
    It saddened me terribly to hear about your sweet sons passing. From the comments about him, he was very special and was dearly loved. My prayers are with you and your family during this unimaginable time.
    Love, Terri

  4. Jimmy & Nancy Scott on January 14, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    We won’t to say Stephen was a precious young man. We were blessed to meet him. Prayers to his family.

  5. Susie Johnsey on January 14, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    He was nice young man!

  6. Susie Johnsey on January 14, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    He was such a nice young man!

  7. Celia Cox on January 14, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Anna Grace is a close family friend and I met Stephen several times with her at Tricias Treasures. He was such a fine young man. He will be greatly missed.

  8. Libby on January 15, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Dearest Family, Stephen will be missed. He was such a joy in our barn life and Larry’s Electric. We loved him. Thankyou for sharing him with us. Larry and Libby Shackelford.

  9. Tim and Jayne Ness on January 16, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Angie and Calvin – I cannot imagine your sense of loss. From Angie we have heard stories of Stephen’s growth and life and your sharing of it: from just being proud parents to crawling in mud as a Scout Mom. It is clear that he loved and was loved and now is in the arms of the source of Love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.