He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and an avid fisherman.
Stephen is survived by both his parents: John and Kathy (Owens) Howerton, Monett; wife Diane; one son: Derek Sooter, Webb City, Mo.; two step-sons: Jeffrey Davis, Monett; and Jared Ballard, Grove Okla.; one daughter: Toni Sooter, Monett; one brother: Eddie Howerton, Monett, and two sisters: Tina Sebastian, Monett; and Margaret Howerton, Verona.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, Mo. Services will be held Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Chapel in Monett with Rev. Ronnie Howerton officiating. Burial will follow services at Bethel Cemetery, near Monett.
Online condolences may be made at www.bennettwormington.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, Mo.