STEPHENVILLE - Stephen "Lexbas" Ables, 19, of Stephenville, a computer tech, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Harry Brown officiating. Burial will be at Johnson Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, at Lacy Funeral Home.

Stephen was born on July 10, 1990, to Michael Shane Ables and Lyea Marie (Bickle) Ables in Brownwood. Stephenville is Stephen's home town. He attended the Johnsville Church of Christ.  Stephen was a gaming genius and he called himself "an equal opportunity gamer" because he played and critiqued every style of video game. It was his goal to become a computer hardware design engineer in order to build more powerful gaming systems.

Survivors include his father, Michael Shane Ables, of Stephenville, his mother, Lyea Marie Bickle, of Brownwood, and his little sister, Tiffany Elese Ables, of Stephenville; his paternal grandparents, Patricia Kennedy and husband Joe Kennedy, of Stephenville, and Bob Ables of Stephenville, and his paternal great-grandmother, DeAlva Mast of Stephenville.  He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Suzanne and Alan Williamson and family of Stephenville, and Bill and Martha Ables of Stephenville. Stephen had many aunts, uncles, cousins and so very many friends. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Eunice Ables, grandmother, Jean Bickle, grandfather, Ed Bickle and aunt Kay Bickle.

Stephen was loved by many. He was always kind to those who showed him kindness, a friend to those who showed him friendship and eager to overlook the shortcomings of others in his continuing effort to always see the best in everyone. Stephen had such an incredible capacity to find the good in people that everyone he knew was driven to nurture those sparks of goodness within themselves.

Stephen's unassuming nature often caused those who did not know him well to underestimate him, but his sharp wit, incredible intelligence, technical proficiency and understanding of life and the world at such a young age would quickly correct those misconceptions.

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Memorials may be made to STAR Council on Substance Abuse, prevention program. The family has been in contact with STAR Council and has assurances that Stephen's story will be used in their prevention efforts in Stephenville. It is the family's sincerest desire that no other family suffer such devastation. Stephen would want to protect everyone he could, as he always has, and in this way he will continue to do so.

Published Aug. 5, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune