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“Sorry for your loss Southerland family. From what I've heard he was a great and well respected gentlemen He will be missed by many. Especially his ...Read More »
1 of 41 | Posted by: Chalmers - MO

“To Mrs. Southerland, Steve and the entire Southerland Family -I have extremely fond memories of my time with Mr. Southerland during our tenure with...Read More »
2 of 41 | Posted by: Mark Panciera - Hollywood, FL

“Steve and family,May peace be with you at this time of sorrow and may your memories bring you joy of heart.You are in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
3 of 41 | Posted by: A friend

“Dearest Southerland Family, I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Steve passing away. Between Ray and Steve they taught me the right way to serve families in...Read More »
4 of 41 | Posted by: Kenneth and Leslie Smith - GA

“It was truly an honor to know such a wonderful man. We are deeply saddened by his passing. To Mary Sue and family, our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
5 of 41 | Posted by: Jack and Lori Maples

“Steve was the first real friend I made upon moving to Florida in January of 1957. We shared many good times during our years at Gulf Coast. Although...Read More »
6 of 41 | Posted by: Tom Corley III - Phenix City, AL

“Steve,I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 41 | Posted by: Chaplain Lindy Harmon Waight - AL

“So sorry for your family's loss. My deepest sympathy. ”
8 of 41 | Posted by: Jennie Phillips - Panama City, FL

“Dear Southerlands,I was saddened to learn of Steve's death this morning. I remember him so well with his ready smile and laugh. He contributed so...Read More »
9 of 41 | Posted by: Robin Giddens Sheppard - FL

“Dear Southerlands:I recall the service of Steve fondly from our times together with FFDA! His good work and steady hand helped build the strong...Read More »
10 of 41 | Posted by: A friend

“Your father was a kind and funny man with a warm heart and a tender spirit. I first got to know Steve when I joined the FFDA (now FCCFA) board -...Read More »
11 of 41 | Posted by: John McQueen - St. Petersburg, FL

“I was very sad to learn of the death of Mr. Southerland. I remember being with Mr.Southerland in the Florida Funeral Directors Assoc., as a younger...Read More »
12 of 41 | Posted by: Tracy Huggins - Orlando, FL

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
13 of 41 | Posted by: Lynn Owen - Orlando, FL

“What a great friend STEVE was to all who knew him! My mom was one of his biggest fans! Please know Mary Sue how much the Bell family loved Steve and...Read More »
14 of 41 | Posted by: Martha Patterson - Panama City, FL

“May God's healing hands touch hurting hearts during this time of great sorrow,May the peace of the Holy Spirit comfort The Southerland family as they...Read More »
15 of 41 | Posted by: Karl G. Stanfield II - Bay Point, FL

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
16 of 41 | Posted by: Carl &Mae Phillips - panama city, FL

“I have never met a man more prepared to meet his Lord. I was blessed to know him and call him my friend. He has touched many souls in his life and...Read More »
17 of 41 | Posted by: Tony Bennett - PANAMA CITY, FL

“As Christians, we are assured that "Big Steve" is with his Lord now, smiling down on us all. While we celebrate his life, we also offer our sincere...Read More »
18 of 41 | Posted by: Craig and Jeanette Deatherage - FL

“Dear Southerland family, I wish I could be with you on this day to personally give you a big hug. I was saddened to hear of Steve's passing and have...Read More »
19 of 41 | Posted by: Greg Quattlebaum - FL

“We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
20 of 41 | Posted by: Ken and Laura Condron - FL

“Steve was a great man. Our deepest sympathy to the Southerland family. At this time of great sorrowing may you be comforted by hope, & guided by...Read More »
21 of 41 | Posted by: Lt Col Michael H. Sarra AUS, (ret.) - FL

“Steve was a beautiful man...he lived a lifetime an example of all that was good and humble...such forever a memory for me in the whole of my life!...Read More »
22 of 41 | Posted by: Debra Messer -Couch - Iroquois Pt, HI

“A life long God loving friend. My prayers are with Mary Sue and family. Much love to all. ”
23 of 41 | Posted by: Billy Joe Norris - Green Mt., NC

“So sorry for your loss. Steve was a wonderful person, he will be missed. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
24 of 41 | Posted by: Gwen Lee Alcorn - Crawfordville, FL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Southerland family. ”
25 of 41 | Posted by: JAMES & TRUDY WATERSTRADT - FL

“We are so sorry for your lost. We have know Steve for a long time . He will always be remember for his wonderful christen examples he lived. ”
26 of 41 | Posted by: Bill @ Nancy Lee - Panama City, FL

“I am very sorry for your loss. May God bless you with fond memories of his time on earth. ”
27 of 41 | Posted by: Jim Grantham - Panama City, FL

“God bless your sweet and loving family- in this difficult time and always ”
28 of 41 | Posted by: Brian and Mimi D'Isernis - PCB


29 of 41 | Posted by: Robert Short - Panama City, FL

“Please accept my heartfelt sympathy; I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the broken-hearted" and "comforts all who mourn"...Read More »
30 of 41 | Posted by: Rose

“Glad to know this wonderful family. God must have needed another angel in heaven. Keep lifting your eyes to the only one who saves and you will join...Read More »
31 of 41 | Posted by: June Traylor - Southport, FL

“I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Southerland. He was loved and cared for by so many people and his loss will be felt by all that knew...Read More »
32 of 41 | Posted by: Ashley Johnson Overstreet - FL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
33 of 41 | Posted by: Deborah Kanes - Panama City Beach, FL

“Thinking of you, Mary Sue, and yourwonderful family.Karin and Ron ActonBirmingham, AL ”
34 of 41 | Posted by: A friend

“am so sad over losing this wonderful man. I was his inspiration for having his knee replacement surgery. Mary Sue, Steve. and family, my thoughts and...Read More »
35 of 41 | Posted by: Maureen` Sasser - Southport, FL

“So sorry for your loss. Our family loved the time that we were privileged to spend with him. We are blessed to count you as special friends. God...Read More »
36 of 41 | Posted by: Carolyn Land - Branford, FL

“I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MR. STEVE SOUTHERLAND HE WAS A GOOD PERSON AND WAS GOD TO ME WHEN MY MOTHER MARJORIE MCDOWELL AND BROTHER ROY CHAMPION...Read More »
37 of 41 | Posted by: BOBBIE BOATNER - IUKA, MS

“Mr. Southerland was a great servant for his Lord and his fellow man. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with him through the years,...Read More »
38 of 41 | Posted by: Rev. Dan and Cheryl Rhodes - AL

“My deepest sympathy goes out to this wonderful family. I met Steve and his lovely wife when we went to the Holy Land. Steve made a wonderful...Read More »
39 of 41 | Posted by: A friend

Mary Sue and Steve “It was an honor to be a part of the same Sunday School class at Emerald Coast Fellowship with Mr. Southerland. He always had something uplifting to...Read More »
40 of 41 | Posted by: Bobbie and Gary Lowe - FL

“Our thoughts and prayers to the Southerland family. Mr. Steve was a kind kind man and certainly raised an amazing group kids and a huge legacy to...Read More »
41 of 41 | Posted by: Carol Roberts - Panama City, FL


WILLIAM "STEVE" SOUTHERLAND, SR of Lynn Ha-ven, FL died January 26, 2017 at the age of 79. He was a licensed funeral director at Southerland Family Funeral Home for 41 years, which he established alongside his parents, Ray and Bobbie Southerland in 1955. As president of the firm, he and his wife, Mary Sue, expanded the business beyond Bay County to include neighboring counties. A 1966 graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, he served as past president of the Florida Funeral Directors Association and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association policy board.