Steven Mark Stratton, age 50, of the Anthony Branch Community in Robbinsville, NC, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in Ashboro, NC. He was the son of Henry and Mary Jo Palmer Stratton of Robbinsville, NC. Steve was a Baptist Preacher who loved the Lord and his family with all his heart. He had a great passion for Nursing Home and Jail Ministry, where he touched many lives. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife of almost 30 years, Regina “Gini” Prince Stratton; his daughter and her fiancee, Sara Stratton of Robbinsville, NC and Adam Harkins of Blairsville, GA; his brother, Rev. Mike Stratton of Laurens, SC; his sisters, Debra Rochelle of Lenoir, NC, and Patricia Owens of Hampstead, NC; his mother in law, Georgia Lowe of Robbinsville, NC; and his faithful friend and companion, his dog Wicket. He also leaves many family members and friends who loved him dearly and will also cherish his memory. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, July 30, 2010 at Calvary Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member. The Reverends David Anderson and Mike Stratton will officiate. Burial will follow at Lone Oak Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Townson-Smith Chapel. Townson-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online register is available at www.townson-smithfuneralhome.com.