Steven Wade Yancey, 52, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 4th, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Albert and Carolyn Cross Yancey. He leaves behind his son, Stephen Christopher Yancey, his fiancé Amanda Petti, and their son Stephen Cash Yancey; Sister Tobi Lynn and husband Jim Williams and their sons Zachary Dane Williams and James Adam Williams; Brother Kenneth Stuart Yancey and his sons, Shane Bart Yancey, Justin Earl Bailey, and Jeremy Stuart Yancey; numerous loved ones, friends, and last but not least – his dogs, Taz, Tapanga, and Pookie… who were more spoiled than his child or grandson!
Steve was born in Uniontown, PA on September 16, 1961. He moved to Galveston March 8th, 1963, and lived at his family home on Sydnor lane until he graduated from high school. He grew up forming strong friendships with the other kids in the neighborhood, most of whom are still close friends to this day. He graduated from Ball High School class of 1980, and shortly thereafter went to work full time for Sea-Arama Marine World caring for the animals, which allowed him to work in an environment that supported his natural interest and abilities in the care of reptiles and amphibians.
In 1988 he began his career in the maritime industry as a deck hand on a supply boat. Over the next several years he set his sights on becoming a licensed Boat Captain. In 1992 he passed the exam and was promoted as a licensed Captain of 100 Ton capacity vessels, which was one of the proudest achievements of his life - which if asked he loved to talk about! Steve was still enjoying his chosen career at the time of his death.
Throughout his life, Steve was an avid model enthusiast and a lover of all things science fiction / horror / adventure and fantasy. He was a regular fixture at the Texas Renaissance Festival, where many people knew him by name. He owned several elaborate, movie-quality costumes from the period, and would routinely garner attention from festival goers because of how elaborate and ornate his outfits were. He also owned a large collection of pictures of himself with the smitten onlookers, and you can tell by the pictures that he was having the time of his life at these festivals.
His collection of models rivals most museums, and if you ever needed a movie quality costume or prop from most any movie made – he had it, or he could get it for you! He was a talented artist who regularly attended ‘Comic-Con’ type conventions and won several awards for his work. At these conventions, Steve regularly interacted with Hollywood insiders of the industry, and formed many friendships. One example that comes to mind is the life-size replica of the “Key” that he made of the control mechanism of H.G. Well’s Time Machine. He presented this to Mr. Bob Burns, the original designer/fabricator of the Time Machine used in the 1960 movie. Mr. Burns, one of the best known names in Hollywood Special Effects, has Steve’s key on display in his museum for the world to see. There are many, many stories like this one, and they are far too numerous to list here, but suffice it to say that Steve was dedicated to this industry and its people, and was a friend to many who will miss him dearly.
Steve was a kind-hearted, good friend to many people in his life. He would help anyone in need, no matter the level of inconvenience or strain that it might place on him. If you knew Steve, you knew that you could count on him - “Thick or thin”.
One of his dearest friends, Kevin Haney, has been his friend since the second grade. He always spoke highly of Kevin, and considered him a brother. You could fill a book with all of the stories of their exploits! If you ever get the chance, just ask Kevin about the motorized bicycle they built together!
Most of all, Steve loved his son Stephen. He was always expressing how proud he was of the fact that Stephen was an accomplished welder with a secure career, and that he was dedicated to his beautiful family. He routinely told people that he thought Stephen was a good husband, and a great father to Cash, and was so very proud of him.
Steve was unexpectedly taken from this world at far too young an age, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him!
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, October 12, 2013 beginning at noon at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, with a memorial service to begin at 1:00 p.m., with Reverend Kelley Vaughan officiating.