Dr. David J. Stevens, 89, of Collegedale, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. David was born in Omaha, Neb., spent his childhood years in Illinois, and as a teenager served and survived the Allied World War II effort as a Merchant Marine on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A resident of Collegedale since 1948, he relieved pain as a Doctor of Chiropractic in Rossville, Ga., from the 1960s through 1997. He served the Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church as head elder for many years, and the Samaritan Center in Ooltewah as a long-term board member. He was also a painter, author, pilot, traveler, gardener, jokester, and a generous giver to those in need. He leaves his beloved wife of 66 years, Shirley Marie Stevens; children, Jeff Stevens, Sharon (David) Hopper and Susan Myers; grandchildren, Jaime Myers (Sam Lachance), Jackie (Eric) Bates, Kelsey (Weston) Porter and Kayla Hopper (Travis Bibb); great-grandchildren, Blake Porter, Cade Porter, Katie Porter, Macie Bates and Riley Bates. Remarkably, his entire family currently lives in the Chattanooga area, along with many cousins. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church, 9209 Amos Road, Ooltewah, Tenn., 37363. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Samaritan Center at www.thesamaritancenter.net. Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37421.