Steve Payton Mains
He was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Watauga County to the late R.J. and Lucille Potter Mains.
Steve was of the Evangelical Methodist faith, a member of the board of directors, and past chairman of St. Stephens Fire Department. He retired as the district office manager for the Catawba County Veterans Services on Sept. 1, 2009, after 35 years and 9 months of service. He was a credited veteran service representative for N.C. Veterans Affairs, and a board member for friends of N.C. Veterans Nursing Home. Steve was a 42 year member of American Legion Post 48 and held numerous offices at the state level for American Legion. He was president of Hickory American Legion Fair and past president of the N.C. Fair Association. One of Steve's greatest joys was the day the fair would open. He enjoyed standing at the entrance gate and seeing the smiles on children's faces, not to mention any opportunity he had to spend with his family and grandchildren was always a treat. Steve also enjoyed all the wonderful boating trips on Lake Norman.
Steve was presented with many awards and honors. A few of those include the N.C. Order of the Longleaf Pine award presented to him by James Hunt and the Holmes McBride award presented by the N.C. Fair Association in 2011. In 1970, he was recognized for outstanding community achievement of Vietnam Veterans by President Jimmy Carter. Steve was also appointed by Bev Perdue to serve on the N.C. Veterans Commission.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Mains of the home; a daughter, Alyson Mains and her fiance', David Bruce, her son, Trace McCoy of Hickory; a step-daughter, Jennifer DeLa Jara and her husband, Jorge, and their children, Julian and Sofia of Charlotte; his step-mother, Thelma Mains of Zionville; a sister, Sebrina Mains of Zionville; a granddaughter, Courtney Ellington of Gastonia; a great-grandson, Marley Fischer of Gastonia; a special nephew, Bruce Abernethy of Rutherford College; special friends, Bobby McLamb and Edie Woods, both of Raleigh; and many other special friends at Long Island Marina of Catawba.
A celebration of life service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at the Hickory American Legion Fairground with Pastor Hugh Whitfield officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorials may be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 or Tri-City Baptist Church, 1409 NC Hwy 16, Conover, NC 28613.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the Hickory American Legion Fair Board and the Hickory American Legion, Post 48.
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