STEPHENS, Randy L., 18, of Wheeling, WV, went home to be with the Lord on February 25, 2013 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.
God sent him to this world with a purpose on November 29, 1994 in Wheeling, WV. He is the son of Randy and Liz Stephens.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, David A. Redman.
He is survived by his sister and best friend, Leigh Ann Stephens; his wife, Emily Marie Megna, who he was united with on February 21, 2013, his grandparents, Melvin and Darlene Stephens and Mary Redman; several aunts, uncles, cousins and his faithful black lab, Buddy.
Randy was a senior at Wheeling Park High School. He was also an employee of Fusion Japanese Steak House.
He was diagnosed with cancer during his freshman year, and everything that he had hoped and dreamed for was stripped from him. However, Randy persevered and fought back, living his life to the fullest he cherished each moment and taught others and new perspective on life, love, and faith. He was a proud member of the golf team at WPHS his freshman year and his determination carried him through to tee off once again for his senior season. Randy had a zest for all sports he always had a smile on his face playing baseball as a youngster.
He participated in the Technology Student Association in middle and high school, which created some of the happiest memories of his life. Randy was also a dedicated freshman mentor and member to the broad casting class. He had an amazing wit and radio voice. His pride and joy was his red mustang and he was the Wheeling Nailers #1 fan. He was a member of Younglife at WPHS and was a Methodist by faith.
Randy had a deep, unwavering love and trust in his Lord, which carried him through every obstacle that he faced. He approached his battle with cancer by never backing down. He won his battle in the end because his cancer died and he received everlasting life.
Everyone that Randy encountered could sense that he had a special spark he was truly a light in the darkness. He made those who never prayed pray, those who never believed believe, and showed others how to appreciate life's simple treasures. He was taken from this earth too early, but his purpose was fulfilled. His family and all who know and love him are honored to have him in their lives and hearts forever.
Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Road, Wheeling (304-232-2732).
Service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Warwood United Methodist Church, 1438 Warwood Ave, Wheeling with the Reverends Jody Carroll and Dr. Michael Linger officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Make -A-Wish of Northern West Virginia, 3711 Morgantown Industrial Park, Morgantown, WV 26501-2347 or to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, 133 South Mayflower Ave, Suite 400 Monrovia, CA 91016 or to the Young Life, 953 National Road 142, Wheeling, WV 26003.