of Vilonia, AR
October 1, 1953 - July 4, 2007
Steve Platt, age 53, of Vilonia, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Born October 1, 1953 in Batesville, AR, he graduated from North Little Rock, AR. High School. After completing his degree at Henderson State University in Music Education, he began his band directing career at Camden Harmony Grove. From there, he built band programs in McGhee, AR, and Beebe, AR. He returned to Harmony Grove for 11 years, then came to Vilonia, AR, where he was the band director for the "Pride of Faulkner County" for 16 years. Mr. Platt was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Band Fraternity and was a member of ASBOA. Under his direction, the Vilonia Band received countless awards and accolades, including "The Brandon Award", Arkansas' highest honor to be given to a band. A published writer and author of several Southern gospel hymns, he was of the Baptist faith. Steve could play virtually every instrument, except one the fiddle. Because of his love and devotion to music, he picked up a fiddle 3 years ago and has been playing it ever since. He loved to fish, cook out, and go to the cabin, but most of all, he loved his wife, his daughters, his family, and his band kids. Steve, a caring man of faith, was often asked by students and members of the community, to be put on his "Hit List", which referred to his personal prayer list. His father, Elmer A. Platt, preceded him in death. Steve is survived by his wife of 33 years, Susie Platt of Vilonia; daughter, Ashley Mlay and husband Kevin Mlay of Okinawa, Japan; daughter, Amy Platt of Texarkana; granddaughter, Kaeleigh Mlay of Okinawa; his mother, Joann Platt of North Little Rock; brothers, David Platt of Dallas, TX, Eddie Platt of Maumelle, Gus Platt, John Davidson, and Charlie Platt, all of North Little Rock; their families and a host of family and friends. Services celebrating Steve's life will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 10:00 a.m. at the Phillip D. Weaver Football Stadium in Vilonia, Rev. Ken Jordan officiating. Interment will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Holly Springs Cemetery in Star City, AR, Rev. Dwayne Roper officiating. A gathering of remembrance will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church Family Life Center, Vilonia. Pallbearers are Phillip Nichols, Clay Paul, Scott Maddox, Kevin Mlay, Damon Donnell, and Gary Meggs. Memorials may be sent to the Vilonia Music Department c/o Vilonia Schools. Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway.
Miss you just as much today as always. I love you Daddy!!
Still miss you just as much. I love you Daddy.
Thinking about you, gone to Heaven but, never forgotten.
Missing your guidance today Daddy. I love you.
My birthday was yesterday. I remember what that means in your life. It's the day you got sick...And subsequently left us on 4 July. I love you Daddy,and I miss you so much. Everyday, I'm less of a person without you.
I love you Daddy. I miss you so much every day but especially this time of year.I love you with all of my heart. Merry Christmas Daddy
Thinking of you today on your favorite holiday.
I miss you Daddy. Today and every day
Miss you Daddy. Thinking of you so much tonight. Wish you were here with me. I've really needed you these past 2 weeks. I love you.
Thought about you a lot today..I miss you Daddy. You were always my example of the person I should be. I think you'd be pretty proud of me now..and plus, we're 11 weeks pregnant now!!! I know you have a hand in this. I love you Daddy!!!!
Guess what Daddy? I'm having a little!!! I love you so much! You would be so happy to see me having a little baby! If we have a little boy, we're naming him James Stephen after you! I love you Daddy..I miss you every single day. Love, your ash
Happy Father's Day Daddy. Today, and everyday...lost without you. I miss you so much...
Love u Daddy. Miss you so much too. How I wish you were here. I love you! Forever. I love you.
Dear Platt Family,I know your heart continues to ache by that huge hole that was left by Steve's passing. I don't know why God took him, I can only surmise that he needed a jazz band director for the angels?I never pass into Arkansas, see it on the map, or hear a band without thinking of my dear friend, Steve and the first year I worked the UAM band camp. I too, miss our talks sometimes of an hour at a time. I would call him and interrupt his fiddle practice. (What a fun thing)What a blast!! To Susie and the girls, I wish God's extreme comfort to you in this conintual emptiness. My heart aches too. Best wishes as you continue in your lives.Dr. Dennis R. Hensley, Jr.
Thinking of u again tonight Daddy. I do so every day. Marine and I miss u. So does Kchan. She had me sing "These Old Songs" to her tonight before bed. I wish u were here. U could make sense of all the crazy happening in our lives. I miss u Daddy. I love you. So very much, I love u.
Searched you on Google tonight Daddy. You would laugh at how many pages there are about you!! Miss u so much Daddy..wish you were here. My life is so empty without you. I love you Daddy.
Thinking of you tonight Daddy. I miss and love you so much. I wish you were here.
Happy Birthday Daddy. I miss you and love you so much...
We've finally made it home Daddy..of course I know you know this already. We're in Razorback country! I'm a teacher here now..with Donnell! He's my Principal now! We were doing morning bus duty today and he said, "Platt, I'm hot!", to me, and I said, "No sir, we're STICKY!" and he said, "Oh God...WE'RE ALL STICKY" and we thought of you, and laughed, and also cried a bit. I love you Daddy. I miss you so much..and I can't wait to see you beside Jordan's Shore. What a glorious day that will be......
Steve, I miss you and love you!! You would be so proud of the girls. Kaeleigh is so smart and prays almost as good as you! And, baby Caroline.....well, she is precious. She will know all about her Pop Pops! I promise! I think of you each and every day.
Well Daddy, it's been 4 years...and I miss you more every single day. I sure do wish you were here with us today. We're finally home and the whole family is here. I love you Daddy...and you'll be on my mind all day long. All my love to you my sweet Daddy...I miss you so very much, your ash
Miss you Daddy. Thinking about you all the time. If I signed your guestbook everytime I thought of you, it would be ridiculous. I love you so much and wish you were still here. You would love baby Caroline SO much. Of course, you met her long before we ever did. I love you Daddy.
Days tick away Daddy..some I can get through just fine. Some, I have more trouble with than others. Just know that we love you and praise you evey single day. You ae my inspiration to keep on keepin on for Momma, and for Ames, and Grandma. We all need you in one way or the other. Kevin is doing a bang up job keeping us all in line. I love you so much Daddy!!!!
Gone to Heaven, but never forgotten.
My precious Daddy. Kchan and I got out a JW Pepper CD today and listened to marching band music. I miss you so much Daddy. Everything here is good...Momma is doing well, and Amy is marrying Patrick! Of course, you knew that already. Love you Daddy, and miss you SO much.
I miss u so much Daddy. I know u are watching over us all. Kchan and I went to the seawall today and we dropped flowers in the Pacific. We love u, and we miss u SO much. Love u Daddy!!
How much I miss u Daddy. Today Kchan and I went to the seawall here in Iwakuni and we threw flowers over the bridge for you. I know it's more for us, than it is for you, b/c you are celebrating, and loving your life across Jordan's shore. Either way, Kchan and I and Kev miss u so MUCH! We miss your guidance, your wisdom, and your love. I love u Daddy, and I hope that Heaven is filled with everything we always believed it would be. Love u Daddy,your ash
Oh Daddy..how I miss u. Know that you are SO loved..and know that I think about you EVERY Day. I love u Daddy, I love u so much. And please know that I'm honoring you with every step I make. I miss u Daddy.
I was just thinking of you....
Happy Birthday Mr. Platt
Doesn't have to be a holiday for me to be thinking of you Daddy. I miss you so much...we all do. To you, today and everyday Daddy..I love you with all my heart.Your ash
We will be watching the fireworks tonight while we think of you. We miss you. Enjoy the fire works view from the Jordan bridge. It is a beatiful view...Love,Kevin
Steve, I love you and miss you so much!!!
Happy Father's Day Daddy..today and every day. I miss you so much,your ash
Oh my sweet Daddy...you are probably looking down telling us all to move on...but know that with every step I take, I'm thinking of you. How I miss my cheerleader, my mentor, my everything....I love you so much Daddy, and I miss you more than you will ever know...
Remembering you on this Memorial Day Weekend with all of my fallen friends. We sure do miss you.
I went to the Seawall today and thought about you Daddy. You make a big impression, even from 8000 miles away. I miss you today as much as I ever have. I love you Daddy...and I hope that at some point in your day up there in Heaven, you know how much I miss you and think of you....
I just recently heard about Mr. Platt. I went to Vilonia the first year he was band director. He was a very hard worker, and made sure we did the same. He was a big cut-up when time permitted. But one of my favorite things he would do is have us join hands for prayer before performances. I grew up in a pastor's home, but had never seen a teacher led prayer before every game. I was amazed. He would always scold us for making off colored remarks and ask us how we could expect the Lord to help us in competitions ( or in life) with us acting like we were. He made a very large impression on me. He helped build my self confidence in music. He inspired me and also took time out one on one to help me. But most of all he was a great witness. Mrs. Platt, I had worked at a local radio station and found one of his groups recordings. It had a number on it to call, so I did. I was able to tell him how thankful I was for you guys, and know I would like to tell you. Keep being a light, it will be rewarded. I'll be praying for your family.
You'd probably laugh at me still doing this Daddy...but I think of you almost every minute of every day. Words are not adequate to tell you how much I miss your precious face....I can't wait to see you up in Heaven some day..
Oh Daddy, I miss you so bad today. You are on my mind almost every minute of every day. I miss you Daddy...
I no longer attend Vilonia High School... I did 3rd grade through the 8th grade. Mr. Platt... wasn't just a band teacher... every time I seen him, and even if I were having a bad day.. all he would do is simply smile at me. and it brightened my whole day up. My favorite class to go to was band... I looked forward to going to school each and every day. I loved playing in the band! and then I moved to Conway. I didnt so much have an interest in band anylonger. I remember the last time I had seen Mr. Platt... it was the Christmas parade before he had passed. I had went up there just to see my band play... and of course to see him. I was so happy to see him. he asked me if I was in the band... I told him no... he said that he wished I would join the band and so I told him that I would try. he said that I was really good at it.... eventually I had moved to Tennessee... I found out about Mr. Platt passing because of my dad calling me and telling me the news... that school year... I joined Page High School Band... because I made a promise to Mr. Platt that I would atleast try. and I tried. and I look back... and everytime I pick up my instrument... I remember that Steve Platt taught me how to play.
you made such a difference in my life mr. platt! and i miss you dearly!
Happy Birthday, we hope you liked the flowers.
It was nice talking to you in the clouds closer to heaven on my trip. We miss you.Love,Kevin
Steve, I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you today and will watch the fireworks tonight with you in my mind. We all miss you very much and I know one day we will all be together in heaven. I look forward to your musical band up there and having a camp fire around our log cabins in the sky and just talking. Love, Kevin
Steve, I will never forget you and what we had together. I love you forever!!
Steve, this Memorial Day weekend I will honor my Marine hero's. You are my HERO to and I just want you to know that I will be honoring you as well. I miss and love you Dad.
For some reason, I was sitting here thinking about the past. I remembered that of all of the schools I ever went to, I was most miserable at Beebe high school. The reason is that if your grandfather didn't go to that school, then you were an outsider and they made sure you knew it. Kids are cruel, and kids in tight-knit, small communities are even worse to outsiders.
Then I remembered what a bright spot my time in the band was. Of everyone I encountered in Beebe, Mr. Platt took an interest in me. It always felt like he was one of "us" instead of one of "them".
He had a way of making anyone he dealt with feel special. I remember an August day when the heat was almost unbearable, we were practicing marching. He was shouting at everyone that I was the only one out there that was really trying, and that everyone else needed to shape up. I've always considered him to be a great man, and it sticks with me that he honored me by singling me out that time.
It's funny how memory works. I remember that he drove a gold 1978 Pontiac Grand Prix, and that it was a nice car.
When I look at the picture of him, I'm reminded of the picture I have in my mind of him. I knew him in 1982, when he didn't have grey hair. I remember that I always thought he looked like Garfield the cat. In fact, I think I even drew a picture of Garfield and gave it to him once, telling him it was a picture of him.
I decided to do a Google search for "Platt Band Beebe". My heart sunk when I found the article about his passing. I wish I could have told him that I still benefit from his care all those years ago.
Mr.Platt was like a grandfather to me I met him when I was 5 yers old my mom cleaned all the school buildings at night and Mr.Platt would always be there and he would entertain me while mom did her cleaning he taught me a lot about how to play an instrument and he was so proud of me last year when i picked up a tuba and was playin at the christmas concert that next week.
Hey Mr. P. I know it's a little late, but I just wanted to wish you and yous a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I miss you everyday, and think of you all the time. I even got me a tattoo in your honor. ME?? The needle-phobic!! But you were worth it. :) I love you Mr. P!!! Keep watchin' over all of us!!!
Hey Pop Happy New Year I sure do miss you! We made Master Sergeant, I know you will be looking down when I get it pinned on. I Love and miss you always.
Oh, my, Susie. I am just now learning about Steve's passing, as I skim some archives of the online Monticello paper. What a shock. My heart goes out to you and the girls. The memories I have of you and Steve are such joyful ones....dating WAY back to those college days in Arkadelphia! I have a vivid memory of going with ya'll to Steve's parent's home, and he and his brothers put on a private singing concert for us! Please know that my prayers are with you now. I wish I could see you!!!! (I hope it is not too late for you to get this message) --- your long lost college roomie, Pam.
Mr Platt meant more to me then some people can ever know but I know he's in a bett place now
To Susie, David, and all of the immediate family and in-laws: I am so sorry for the passing of Steve. As you may remember, I was a music student at Henderson a couple of years ahead of Steve and got to know him and David very well. Steve was as witty as he was musical, and I always got a laugh when I was around him. I saw him later in life when he judged one of my choirs when I was choral director at Benton High School and got to visit with him then. I will always remember him for "up" personality, his talent, and friendship. I did not find out about his passing until a couple of days after the funeral; 'so sorry I did not get to attend. But my prayers are with you all. I am currently serving at First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs as Senior Minister of Music. Please relay on to David that I would like to make contact with him sometime. My home e-mail is email@example.com and my cell # is 501-802-2368. And, Susie--God is good, just lean on Him. Sincerely, Ron Hall
Mr. Platt, the one man who was more than a teacher and more like a father. You will be terribly missed and are a devastating loss! Mrs. Platt, Ashley and Amy you are all in my prayers!
Your husband and father was one of the finest men I have EVER known and I too am deeply saddened by our loss. May God keep you all close through these tough times. Again you are all in my prayers.
"The Pride Of EVERY County", If only everyone were as blessed as we were to have had such a leader, friend, and in many ways a father figure to those of us who were without. We love and miss you Mr. Platt!!!
Harmony Grove "Class 93"
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family
What a wonderful man.!!! Memories of Mr. Platt will always make me smile. Each year at Christmas time, I could always count on him to ask if the band could sponsor a child or two--- providing toys and clothes for Vilonia children in need. He and his students gave with happy and generous hearts... I'm not sure who received the greatest gift- - - the children opening the presents on Christmas morning or the band students who were taught the greatest lesson in life.
I can honestly say that I would not be the musician I am today if were not for Mr. Platt. My three sisters and I lived, breathed, and ate the Vilonia Band Program. In college, I decided that I would learn to play the guitar. I could hear the trumpet notes in my head and would use those to find the notes on the frets. Mr. P taught me to sing in the small ragamuffin choir we had in Zero period at 7:05 a.m. He was dedicated to the music program at VHS. For that I am grateful, and owe the abilities that I have now to him. Thanks Mr. P!!! I'll see you soon enough my friend.
I love Mr. Platt so much! HEewas the best band director anyone could ask for! My prayers are with the family!
Stwve Platt-One To Rember
The Platt family has been special to me for 35 years. I always knew that Steve was going to be someone special. Even as a young teenager he had that infectious personality. I will always remember the may trips with the "Platt Boys" as they sang around the state. Mrs. JoAnn, Mr. Elmer, David, Steve, Gus, Eddie, John and Charlie. Those were wonderful days in my life. They gave me the love of singing and the joy of music. I will never forget those wonderful memories. Then many years later when Steve and Suzie moved to Vilonia, Steve would umpire baseball games when my son, Cash, was playing ball in Greenbrier. And the memories of Steve's band are wonderful. I am so, so sorry about the loss of this special man. To the whole Platt family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Steve will be missed.
My love to you all, Martha Bailey McMillen
Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Platt. We were shocked to hear the news when we returned home from out of town. Mr. Platt had such a positive influence on the lives of all of his students. We will miss him.
Words cannot express how sad I was to hear about Mr. Platt. He was such an amazing teacher and more like a father figure to me. He was the reason I love music and I have so many fond memories of band back at HG. My prayers are with you Mrs. Susie, Ashley & Amy.
Everytime I obseve a band march, I think of Mr. Platt and the fun times I experienced as a student in his band. I even encourage my children to "join the band" in hopes they will find the same type of teacher that I was able to have. Mr. Platt had a unique way of teaching, mentoring, and inspiring others to do their best...he brought out the best in everyone he was around. Susie, Ashley, and Amy...I will remember you all in my prayers for I know there will be tough times. Mr. Platt might have turned bands into the "Pride of " thier counties, but you ladies were always his "Pride."
Mr. Platt's legacy will influence many generations to come. HGHS Class of '90 & '91
mr.platt was my teacher for only 1 year.im only going in the 7th grade, but knowing mr.PLATT for only 1 year he was nice. i will never forget the last words he said to the studens in the 6th grade.''HAVE A GREAT SUMMER I WILL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.''he tought me how to play the trumpet. And i will never forget him.
Mr. Platt will always be the GREATEST Band Director ever. When August 1st came around we all knew it was time to start marching practice; however, in the blistering heat we all loved it because Mr. Platt made it fun. The years that Mr. Platt was at Beebe we were known as the Pride of White County. He will be missed, but he will always be in our hearts. Thank you for graceing our lives with your love for music.
Knew Steve just a short time while her was at UAM this summer for Band Camp. He was so nice and we really had an enjoyable visit. I will miss seeing him. Lydia Lowery
i wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...please call on me if there is anything i can do. love to you all
You are all in my prayers. Mr. Platt was a wonderful man and will be missed by everyone.
There will never be an adequate way to express my sympathy for Ms. Susie, Ashley, and Amy. Mr. Platt demanded we not only respect him and the music, he also demanded that we respect ourselves. Through this he instilled a pride in each of his students that follows us today. Band Director, Teacher, Mentor, but most of all Friend. I will miss him until we get to be with him again....Sheila HGHS Class of 95.
my kids have enjoyed the band. Eric Salmon,Kyle Salmon,Conner Allen and Breanna Allen
So sorry that his wonderful work was cut short. He was a great mentor for me and so many starting teachers. His helpful words through my fathers death and sickness my first year at Vilonia was so encouraging. He will leave a legacy that will echo for generations!
I can't wait to join him in that Heavenly choir!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Love Ryan, Sheila, Reed, Riley and Raden Saddler
Im sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
To the Platt family & Vilonia School family I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. I've been out of town & just found out about Steve's passing. I got to know Steve when I sold him jackets for his band & want you to know that I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know him. I was usually at the school all day when I went & I observed him with his students. He had such passion for his job & I saw the way he cared about his students, giving out discipline & love, as needed! My thoughts are with you & hope you can take some comfort in all the lives he touched in such a positive way.
There are not enough words to truly describe how wonderful Mr. Platt was. He was such a huge influence in my life, and in countless others. He taught us so much more than music. His values and teachings will live on through every child he has ever taught. He will be greatly missed. God Bless Mr. P, and his entire family. You are in our prayers, and we love you.
I'll never forget that you and Mr. Platt came down to Camden for the visitation when my Poppy (Rev. J.L. Smith) died. That meant so much to all of us. That was the last time I saw Mr. Platt and I'm so glad I got to talk with you both for a few minutes. You all have a special place in our hearts at Harmony Grove. Thinking of you all...
As already stated so many times, Mr. Platt was a great teacher, friend, mentor, individual, etc. He taught us so much more than music. He taught us about life. Without his influence, so many individuals would not be where they are today. Just like so many others, I am a better person just from the 4 short years that I got to know Mr. Platt and participate in his choir and band at Harmony Grove High School. My heart goes out to Susie and the girls. Thank you for sharing your husband and daddy with so many of us throughout the years.
Rachel Crews Graves, HGHS Class of 1990
My prayers go out to Susie and the girls. I graduated Harmony Grove in 1986. Mr. Platt was like a father to me and had more influence than any other person throughout my entire education. As a teacher now, I hope I will make him proud. I love you guys.
Vilonia will be changed forever without Mr. Platt. He was an awesome teacher that lived life to the fullest. He always had words of encouragement that would make you strive to do your best. Wonderful memories of Mr. Platt will remain in our hearts always. My thoughts and prayers are with the Platt Family.
The Vilonia band program will not be the same without Mr. Platt. He had a very special part in Joseph's life and we are so very sorry that our daughters will not have the privelege of knowing him. The heritage Mr. Platt left will surely go on for many years to come. He will be deeply missed!
Wes, Renee & Joseph Jackson
Susie, my heart goes out to you and your family. Steve was such a great guy and I thought so much of him and you. He will be missed greatly.
Love, Wanda Gail
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Platt has touched so many lives. He touched mine as well. He taught me so many things that I still carry with me and apply to my life and encouarge my children to do so as well. I often tell the stories of being in the Band at Harmony Grove. I will never forget him and he will always be a part of who I am. He will be missed greatly. Class of 87
My prayers are with you and your daughters. I was in his band 20 some years ago at Harmony Grove and I credit him for being the person I am. He taught me to be a perfectionist and it has paid off and I still carry that with me and apply it in my life and am teaching my children to be the same way. I often tell the stories of being in the band and what a great band leader he was and I can see that he has touched many lives over the years. He will be missed greatly. aka Deana Twite
I was so sad to hear of Mr. Platt's passing away. There aren't enough words to express just how much he touched me as a student at Harmony Grove. He truly made a mark on my life!
Before he created and directed the 'Pride of Faulkner County', he created and directed the 'Pride of Ouachita County'! This is just the kind of drive and passion he had in everything he did! He will be truly missed!
HGH (Class of '92)
Susie, Amy and Ashley, Hearing about the loss of Mr. Platt was such a shock! It's hard enough to lose someone, but to lose them at such a young age is even worse. I am just grateful that he was a part of my children's life. He was such a positive influence on them and so many others! Know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Julie, John, Luke, Josh, Knute and Maggie
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in knowing how much Steve Platt has done for Vilonia's youth, our Band Program and for the entire community. It takes a great person to do these things, and you and your family were blessed to have called him husband and father. We were blessed to be able to have called him friend. Thank you for allowing us and our town to share in your daily lives and this wonderful experience. Steve Platt will forever live in the hearts of those he touched and for those that did not have the pleasure of meeting Steve, there are wonderful Steve Platt stories.....
Heaven is a perfect place, but the LORD didn't know just how perfect until Steve arrived and starting leading that heavenly band.
I just thought of memory of Mr. Platt always running, running and still running!!! All us teenagers would be riding to Camden to go to Wal-Mart or McDonald's and there would be Mr. Platt jogging on the 4 lane over the big river bridge, IN THE RAIN!!!! We all thought he was crazy, jogging in the rain!!
To the Platt family, I'm so sorry for your loss Mr. Platt was a wonderful husband, father, teacher, and person. I know that at Harmony Grove he changed alot of kids lives for the better. I've never know a teacher that was as wonderful as him. He really cared for his students in and out of school. He was my band director for a few years and he taught me how to play the flute. He is definitly a person I will remember for the rest of my life!! He was such a wonderful Band director and always expected and recieved the best! I don't know a band or choir student at HG that didn't have the utmost respect for Mr. Platt. He was always a FAVORITE teacher!! His memory will live on in all the students lives that he taught and loved!
Susie and girls, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Platt was an amazing man. He touched so many lives, including mine. He will be greatly missed. He has left a legacy that will continue for may generations to come. We are far richer for having known him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Platt Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Platt. Your loss has been felt by many and I pray God's Peace will get you and your family thru tough time in your life. I actually had Mr. Platt as a Choir Director at Harmony Grove, and loved every minute of it. Mr. Platt was truly a great man whom we all loved. I have a video from my senior year that has Mr. Platt in it, and will try to get you a copy if you like. Thanks for sharing him with all of us at Harmony Grove.
Sorry to hear about Mr. Platt. He was a great man and I loved him. I hope he knew how much.
To all the Platt family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I can honestly say there will never be another Mr. Platt. I never attend a football game or see a band when I don't think of him. My rifle sits on my back porch right now and from time to time I give it a little twirl, telling my son of all the great memories I had when I was in the band and what a cool band director I had. He will be missed greatly and will never be forgotten.
YOU'LL ARE IN MY PRAYERS. I WAS WORKING AT HARMONY GROVE WHEN MR. PLATT CAME TO WORK THERE BOTH TIMES. I WAS IN THE CAFETERIA. HE WAS A GREAT BAND DIRECTOR AND A GREAT PERSON.
FRANCES BRYANT [WORKED 1972-2002]
Mr. Platt truly made a great impact on the lives of so many young people. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Vilonia Band family in the days ahead.
I know for sure that Mr Platt made a difference in my life and in thousands of others. I will never forget Mr Platt and my days in band. My thoughts are with the family.
As Dr. Frank Mitchell said today at the service, Steve started in Harmony Grove in 1975. I was in the band with 16 students and helped recruit the other members Dr. Mitchell mentioned today. What good times those were. I was fortunate to have him as a teacher my senior year, 1975-76.
1982 - Steve and his family came back to HG and taught for 11 years. At this time we became friends as so did our daughters. Through the years he raised many children, not only his. Molded them in to disciplined people and taught them lessons that will last a life time. I will never forget my daughter joining the band in 6th grade and coming home only to say that Mr. Platt wouldn't let her play the instrument she wanted to (flute, because it was small). He handed her a saxophone and said "Here, you will play this. Your mom could play the heck out of it and you will to!!!" To this day, Angela still plays her saxophone and thrives off of the lessons learned from the Platt residence. Not all of the lessons were from Steve. Susie, you taught lessons as well. Students watch you and watched you all along. What a devoted and supportive wife you were to Steve. Mother, friend and mentor to his students just as he was.
May God wrap his arms around you and your girls during this time and give you comfort.
Mr. Platt was my band director at Beebe High School for two years. I'm so sorry I could not attend the funeral. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Platt will always be the one person that comes to mind every time I hear music. He asked that we remember him as 'The Music Man' when he announced that he would be moving to Vilonia and there are not any words that describe him better. He touched the lives of every person that he came in contact with. I feeled honored to have been one of his many students.
When I think about the people in my life that have had an impact on me only a few people come to mind.At the top there is one name that stands out STEVE PLATT my teacher,my mentor. my friend.You and your family will forever be in my heart.God Bless you all and thanks for the memories.I'll never forget you!!!!
I looked at Mr. Platt as a Father figure.. This year shall not be the same with our him.. I loved him dearly.. I have grown to know Mr.Platt very well. I remember I was in 8th and 9th grade.. I was Mr. Platt's tea girl.. The first time I went to get it.. I got him sweet tea.. And he gave me a werid look and I just said " What". He said, " Now go back and get me unsweet ." And we use to always laugh about it.. I loved Mr. Platt dearly. I will pray for you and your family..
Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I was in band and learned to play the clarinet and fell in love with the drums.
Dear Susie, Like everyone who knew Steve Platt, I too have my own little story and memories. Before I moved to the High School Cafe' Mr. Platt started calling me "Mammie" Because I am just as round as I am tall, I wear bandanas, and I would answer him when he was talking to someone else. As a joke that first Christmas I found a "Aunt Jemimma" bank made of cast iron and gave it to him. We talked about both loving old Bing Crosby movies "White Christmas" and "Holiday Inn" Not sure if he kept it but I sure got one of his famous belly laughs when I gave it to him. I will miss him but I know we'll meet again. It helps with sorrow to know in my heart so many of the people I hold dear are waiting in heaven for me. My prayers will continue for your entire family like everyone I pray for daily.
My Love and God's Blessings,
Telela aka "Mammie"
The neighborhood has not been the same since you guys moved to North Vilonia. And, now, the whole community will never be the same. Steve Platt was one of a kind. He excelled in doing what he loved the most. Susie, you know how much Paulette and I love you and want you, Ashlely, and Amy to call on us if you need to. Tony & Paulette Rodgers
Much to my disappointment, our boys didn't choose to play in the band, so we don't have the memories that others have posted. But many nights, at football and basketball games, we've enjoyed listening and watching the Vilonia band. We respected Mr. Platt and what he accomplished as an educator and mentor to his students. We will miss him! Susie, Amy and Ashley, you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Steve was a great friend and mentor. He will be greatly missed by many that knew him as an instructor in the field of instrumental music education. My prayers go out to the Platt family, and may God comfort them during this loss.
Your the best band director ever. I'll miss you Mr. Platt. Everyone that ever had you for a band director loves you.
How do put into words the wonderful impact he had on my life. He showed me a love for music and life that I had never experienced, with any other band director, or teacher for that matter. He always let you know just how much he cared, even when we were butting heads, and had a laugh that lit up the whole room. He will be GREATLY missed but NEVER forgotten. Me and my family loved him a great deal, and will never forget all the wonderful, kind, funny, stubborn, and loving man that he was. Our prayers go out to Susie, Ashley, and Amy. We love you very much.
Mr. Platt was one of the best people I have ever known. I loved him so much.
We will miss Mr. Platt so much. It will never be the same. He along with Mrs. Platt and the other band directors ate lunch with us almost every day. He knew we would take care of him. If he wanted a special sandwich made (w/out cheese) you'd better believe he would get one. He even helped pinch rolls one day and we named him the new" Lunchroom lady." We always had so much fun with him. He would cut through the cafeteria on his way to the bandroom and stop and visit. He would almost always have a story to tell us. We enjoyed his company so much and a day will not go by where he is not thought of and missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Mr. Platt was my choir teacher for four years when I was in high School. I had so much respect for him. He had respect for his students and always had something unique to say about each one of them and that made them feel special. I am so blessed to have had the chance to be his student . He will be truly missed.
Susie, Ashley and Amy, we are deeply sadden to hear of your loss. Just a few months ago we saw him on TV, still the same old Steve. I have told many stories to my daugther of our adventures with the Platt family and the band trips and wished that he had been at Harmony Grove to help her with her music. He touched the lives of many and I am sure even though he is no longer with us he will continue to do so. Our prayers are with you and yours.
May God give you the strength you need to carry on.
Jim and Zenita (Former ZJ's)
I worked in Greenbrieri School for over 30 years and
well remember when Mr. Platt came to Vilonia and
how the bank changed for the good. It is a shame
we don't have more teachers like him who love the
My families prayers are with all of you during this time. We will all miss Steve and the influence he had not only on the youth of Vilonia, but our community as a whole. He will be greatly missed, but we all feel the joy of having known him.
In my time at HG, I had 5 different band directors, but Mr. Platt is the one that comes to mind when I think of band. He didn't see HG as a stepping stone to someplace else. It was an opportunity for him to share his love for music. He loved his kids: Ashley and Amy, but all of the rest of us that passed through the band room, as well.
Melissa House Jennings - HGHS class of 1984
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Platt's illness and passing. He was truly one of the greatest teacher's I ever had. You knew he loved all the kids and was truely called to be a teacher and band director. There will never be another one like him. Debbie Snelgrove--HGHS class of 1989.
I loved seeing Mr. Platt everyday come through my lunch line in the cafeteria. I was always make him something special or give him a little extra ham instead of cheese. I always saw a smile on his face and he was always cracking jokes. He was a wonderful man.
What to say to the most Amazing man in Arkansas? Thank you for everything you have done for the Qualls family and Many other families that have came along your way Mr. Platt and family are in our Hearts for EVER. All the words i can say to you Mr. Platt is that I Love You and mean it. THANKS
Growing up knowing I was apart of Mr. Platt's band will be one of the most things I will ever treasure. His band taught me the value of teamwork and apperciation of any type of music. I know I will never forget him when I hear a song on the radio that his band played. And I will treasure that feeling I will receive from listening to it. Mr. Platt was a great and wonderful man who knew how to relate to his children. I will always have a place for him in my heart.
My prayers are with you at this sad time.
Mr. Platt was a great teacher and a great friend. He affected many people in so many different ways. He was a great man. He will be loved and missed by everyone. My prayers go out to you Ms. Susie and your family.
Susie, Ashley, and Amy-I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband and dad. I will be praying for you and the community. The influence he had on our community will be greatly missed.
We will be remembering your family in our prayers during your time of sorrow. May the Lord be with your family and strengthen you. Our granddaughter, Megan Moore was a first year band student this past school year.
Gary & Sandra Moore
The Platt family is in our prayers. We are so sorry for your lose. Mr. Platt was more then just a teacher of music he was a teacher of life and a true friend to all of his students.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thank you for sharing Steve with our children and our community. The Wyzgoski's
SUSIE AND FAMILY, OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU.JONATHAN WAS AT VILONIA1994-96,PLAYEDTROMBONE AND LEARNED SO MUCH MORE ABOUT BEING A CARINGDECENT LOVING MAN, LIKE STEVE. HE WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS AND LIVES FOREVER. WE ARE BOTH THANKFUL OUR LIVES CROSSED STEVES PATH. MAYBE ONCE IN A LIFETIME A PERSON WILL MEET SOMEONE AS SPECIAL AS STEVE MARK & JONATHAN OKELLEY
To all the family and friends of Steve Platt:
We send our thoughts and prayers to all of you. We had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Platt and his wife and immediately recognized what a special couple they were.
Larry and Judean Paul
My thoughts go out to the entire family. A great man has been lost but not forgotten. He obviously touched the lives of many many people through out his great life and career. I know he demanded the best of his students (especially me), and did it with leadership, respect, pride, and charisma!
For that Mr. Platt, you made me and every student you ever taught a better person. For that, I "salute" you. You are definitely a hero of mine!
Eric Meeks, MSgt
United States Air Force
I loved Mr.Platt. I will miss him very much. He was one of the niced people i know. You could always talk to him easily. We love you very much!
Steve leaves a lasting legacy....he touched so many young people in a positive way and impacted the entire community.
Susie, Amy and Ashley. We are so sorry for your loss of this great husband, father and friend to so many. This community has lost a great mentor to not just his students, but parents as well. He always lead by example, never asking anything more than what he gave. Our daughter, Courtney and a lot of the kids she was in band with still keep in touch. They are at a loss even now knowing he is not with us. You and your family are in our prayers.
Donita and Randy Rinearson
Susie, My prayers are with you, Ashley, and Amy. It is going to be hard to make it thru at times. Remember always you have God that wil help you make it. You also have so many people who love you and will be there. All you have to do is call. You don't have to be alone. Call me anytime. I will be praying for you and the girls. Love you MJ
Our prayers are with you.
Mike and Christy Wagner
Kylee and William Moix
Mr. Platt will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
I read of Steve's homegoing today in the paper. My love and prayers to you and Steve's wife and daughters. It just seemed like a given that Steve would grow up to be that very special talented person
that we saw way back there in Singing Schools whenever we were kids. No doubt, God picked out one of the very "best" to lead the Heavenly band. May
we all keep our eyes focused towards Heaven and live
by Steve's example, so that we may also join him in Heaven. God be with you all.
Mr. Platt was indeed a mark in Vilonia history!!! I may have not been the best trumpet player, but Mr. Platt kept on encouraging me and many others to do our best!!! I will cherish his life lessons throughout my life! While he was proud of the Band, he was also a very proud Grandad! I remember when I went to the Band Office and he showed me a picture of his Grandaughter. He bragged about how he loved talking to her through the web cam while she was in Japan. When telling stories about her, Mr. Platt always had a smile on his face!!! I will be praying for the Platt family!!!!
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
we are praying for you, our school, and our community in the loss of Steve
Susie, Ashley, and Amy, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Platt, he would be missed dearly. Mr. Platt has touched so many lives at Harmony Grove. There will never be anyone as great as Mr. Platt. He loved his band kids as his own. He was really dedicated to his family and his band. I wish that I could be there, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. (HGHS class of 94)
I am so sorry for the loss of Mr.Platt. I was honered to be a student of his while he was teaching at Harmony Grove in Camden. He was a chior teacher as well as band director....I was in choir and had NO talent for singing, but he was always encouraged me to try my best. I know he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him
Mr. Platt was a great man.Ill Never Forget When I walked into the spring concert of 2006 with blue jeans and a polo on. He looked at me and said "Thanks for dressing up Mossell".Everytime i look back on it i laugh.He was a great man and i thought the world of him.Im so sorry this happened.Your In My Prayers
All students of Mr. Platt's, no matter how old or how young, will be forever changes by such a great man. He was only my teacher for the first half of my band years before he went to Vilonia, but he made an impact that has never changed. No matter what the challenge, he always told us to stand up straight and do our best. He will be loved, honored, and missed forever. We will all play together again someday. Thomas G. (HGH '95)
Mr.Platt was a great teacher and will never be forgotten by me. Band will not ever feel the same to me without him. You are in my thoughs and prayers. Love the Sturtz family
Mr. Platt was such an inspiration to all that were fortunate to be in his path. I was in his first band at Harmony Grove from 1976-1979. I carried his new white tuba, I was a tiny little girl with long blonde hair happy to show it off, I was also on the first dancing flag line. I think I may have been his problem child during those years, but he always smiled, laughed and he was wonderful just the same.
He brought such excitement to a small town and kept all of us teens busy and out of trouble. He was always so exciting to watch while we waited at competition for our scores. He almost could not stand the wait. Even now, some of my fondest High School memories involved band and Mr. Platt. Susie my thoughts and prayers are with you, the girls and all the family.
Linda and I are praying for you and your family. Although short in stature, Steve was one of the tallest men I knew. His life will cast a long shadow over the many students he impacted (our son Stephen included). There are only two things important in life - God and people. Everything else is just stuff. Steve lived and gave his life to what was important - God and people. What a wonderful and impactful legacy he has left. God's blessings on you and the children.
Freddie and Linda Pike
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mr. Platt was a great teacher and trully a wonderful person. He cared so much about all his students and gave with everything he had. He will be greatly missed by the students and parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I remember Steve from years ago when I attended Immanual Baptist Church in Camden. Also, I worked at UAM when he came down for the summer band camps. My prayers are with your family as you adjust to life without Steve.
Of all the teachers I have known, Mr. Platt towered above all others. He was known and loved by many students, of which I was one. I wish I could attend services honoring his life, but I am currently stuck in the Oklahoma oilfield for a few more days. My heart is with the Platts, and they are also in my prayers. If there is anything I can do, please contact me. I'll do anything I am able.
We are so sorry for your loss, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Susie, you are all in my prayers. Mr. Platt will be greatly missed. He has done so much for my brother, Blake, and that is because he was a caring man.
Mr. Platt will be missed at Vilonia High School. My thoughts are with your family.
May he rest in peace.He was a good man,and a wonderful teacher.He will never be forgotten.We love you Mr. Platt.
We are praying for your family and are sorry for your loss.
There is no way I'm going to be able to go into the band room and not think of Mr. Platt. I'll miss him so much and I'm sure that I'm not going to be the only one. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Steve was such a wonderful teacher. My children all benefitted from his instruction at Harmony Grove in Camden. We missed him when he went to Vilonia but we will miss him more now. Our prayers are with Susie and the family.
Susie, Ashley, & Amy,
We were so saddened to hear about Steve. Even though it's been many years since he directed the band at Harmony Grove, the memories of that band still linger at HG. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Our sympathy is with you at this time. We're honored to have known a man of such high musical honors. May God bless you and your family.
We really enjoyed Steve while he was the band director at Harmony Grove. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Just wanted to express my sorrow for your loss.I hope to make the service tomorrow but if I dont my prayers go out to your family. Your friend Cowboy
We sure enjoyed Steve when he was at Harmony Grove. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
I was saddened to hear about Mr. Platt's passing. He will truly be missed by all. I still carry with me the values and lessons that he taught me. I hope I can instill his work ethic and love of music in my own children. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Platt family.
Susie, Ashley, and Amy: I never know what to say at a moment like this and it's even harder for me now because for many years your family was like my own. All my favorite memories from high school involved a Platt in some way or another. I know that nothing can be said to ease your grief, but I saw this and thought it was appropriate:
"We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again."
Susie, Ashley, Amy, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am to hear of Mr. Platt's passing. He touched so many lives, including mine. He demanded much of his students, but we were always willing to give him everything we had because we all knew that he asked a lot because he cared a lot. I'm sure you'll hear this a thousand times, but he was a wonderful teacher, friend, and man. He meant the world to his students. I hope that you all find strength in each other and in all the many memories. I will miss knowing that he is out there doing what he did best, teaching and encouraging another young person. Please know that my family has you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Platt came to Vilonia 2 years after I did. When he came, he began to introduce my 6th grade students to beginning band. How EXCITED they were - just to get their instruments!! Our band became good, and big!
Our band is still big, but it's nothing compared to the band of thousands of lives that Mr. Platt influenced in such a positive way. What a tribute that band is! My thoughts and prayers are with you Susie, Ashley, and Amy.
We are very sorry for your loss. Mr Platt was truly one of a kind that will never be forgotten.
Traci Class of 89 HGHS
Mrs. Platt, Amy and Ashley, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this time of sorrow. It is always hard to lose someone we love, especially someone like Mr. Platt. Words cannot express our deepest sympathy at this time. But know, that Mr. Platt will always be remembered in the highest regards. Our sons, Adam and Heath were in the Vilonia bands from sixth grade through graduation, and we observed the dedication and love that Mr. Platt gave to each and every student he taught. We watched our sons do the very best they could because they did not want to let Mr. Platt down. He inspired his students to be their best, to give their best, to do their best, and he did this with a Christian faith and a love of music. Never before had we ever seen football players giving up their half-time in order to march with their beloved band. Just know that he will be missed greatly by so many, and that he touched so many lives and made them better. And know, that he is still making beautiful music, only now in Heaven's orchestra. May God keep you in his loving embrace, The Hensleys
Mr. Platt was an amazing teacher/man that touched so many peoples lives including his students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of is family and friends. He will forever be remembered and we were all truly blessed to know him.
Sammie Keathley and Casey Moser
Mr.Platt was a wonderful influence in my sons lives and will always be remembered by our family. When in doubt the boys know to question what Mr. Platt would do and use that as a basis to move forward. He will be missed but never forgotten. OUr thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We will always love him.
I am keeping your family in my prayers and sending my deepest regards.
Mr. Platt was without a doubt the kind of teacher you never forget. He was more than a band teacher to us.He was our mentor, our father away from home,but most of all he was our friend. I'm so honored I was one of his band kids. I LOVE YOU MR. PLATT!
Dear Susie, Ashley, and Amy,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Steve was a wonderful person and an excellent role model for the students that he put so much energy and time into teaching. I will never forget the positive influence he had on Dawn and the help that he gave her throughout her school career. The self-confidence and discipline that he helped instill in her are life long skills that will be with her forever. Some of Dawn and my best memories are of Vilonia band activities and events. My thoughts and prayers go out to the three of you, your family, and the Vilonia Community. God Bless You.
Cheryl Slinkard Jelley
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mr. Platt just made band and music so much fun for us at Harmony Grove. I have fond memories of being in his band and memories of how sweet you were to "us" band kids.
Eddie Jo Justice Kirksey
HG Class of 78'
He will be missed
He was a great friend and a very caring person he will be greatly missed.
Dear Platt Family:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Platt was truly a great teacher and mentor. My fondest high school memories are those involving (Harmony Grove) band. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Platt asked us to remember him as "the Music Man" at his final concert at Harmony Grove. I will remember him for that and a few other reasons. I will remember him for his kindness and his humor. I will remember him tell us jokes right before we begin to play. I will remember him telling us stories until we were laughing so hard tears were running down our faces. I will also remember him getting so mad at us he would jump up and down in the bleachers and you would secretly be praying it wasn't you. I remember him throwing his glasses across the field at a competion and him chewing us out for not doing as good as we should have(we won sweepstakes). His dedication was unsurpassed ,and the love his students (both past and present) reflects our dedication to him. To say he will be missed is an understatement. I think everyone who had the pleasure of knowing was made a better person for the experience. I know I was.
Mr. Platt was a true friend. He helped me and my band students in many ways. He even came to one of our football games a couple of years ago when he and some of his fellow directors were staying at the cabins on the Buffalo River. Let me say he was one of the finest people I know. I am so sorry for your personal loss. It is a great loss to all who knew him.
you were a great insperation to all who knew you the vilonia band program will never be the same you can now lead the best band ever in heaven you will forever be missed.
Mr. Platt was my first band director when I was in 6th grade at Beebe. He was a great director and even though it was work, he made it a lot of fun. We were all really sad to see him leave Beebe. He also directed my brother, R.J. (Rusty) Mertens when he was in high school.
I just wanted to say that your family is in my thoughts and prayers and that he will be remembered fondly by all of us who knew him and learned from him during his life.
My deepest sympathies, April Mertens Kincade
Susie, Ashley & Amy and the rest of the Platt Family,
Our deepest sympathy to your family at your sudden lost of a wonderful man in your lives. His love for kids, music, and God made him the caring and loving man that he was here on earth. We will miss him greatly in our earthly bodies but remember he lives on in heaven with God and the angels. He will forever make beautiful music and lead the heavenly band. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
I grew up with the Platt boys in NLR and was excited when we moved to Vilonia and Steve was the band director. He taught Cathryn Gaines (our daughter)many lessons in music and life. She continues to love music and especially being able to interpret music with baton twirling. She hopes to continue teaching her love for music to others as MR.Platt taught her.
His memory will live on forever in the hearts and lives of so many kids and adults that he touched during his life with us. Vilonia High School has lost a truely great teacher and musician.
Our heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family. Steve will truly be missed. As my granddaughter said, "Mr. Platt is Vilonia Band. What will we do without him?"
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Platt will be greatly missed on Friday nights.
To Mrs. Platt and the children Mr.Platt will never be forgotten and always remember that he had great life, and he had influence very person he came into contact with including me. It was one summer can't remeber what year but mr.platt was painting the hall ways of the high school, he offered me a job out of his own pocket he would pay me, not the school! Who would of thought years later that i would be painting for a living. Thats the type influence Mr. Platt had on my life. I always wondered where i got my love for painting from and i'm pretty sure it was Mr. Platt. Ashley, Amy, and Mrs. Platt i will keep you guys in my prayers.
Susie, To you and your family I wan't to express my deapest sympathy . Steve will be greatly missed . I know no words can make your loss any easier but I will keep you in my prayers daily . What a wonderful man he was and what a great loss. I still watch his videos and have seen the band, I could not believe the changes since Kathleen and Derek. Take care and may God be with you daily With deep regards Toni
Mr.Platt was my first band director at Beebe and I remember that he made my first year in band fun.My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Mr. Platt will always be remembered by any child lucky enough to have had him. He treated his band kids like we were all his own. There was nothing that man wouldn't have done for us. For me, he was that one teacher I had so much resect and admiration for that I would never disappoint. I can still sometimes hear him say "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got". It is with great sorrow that I say goodbye to this wonderful man but I will never forget the legacy he leaves behind.
I Love You Mr.P!
My sons, Brent & Adam Lee, we both some of Steve's students. Brent was the first year Steve was at Vilonia. Adam used to march along the sidelines while Brent was in practice. Mr Platt gave Adam (who wants to be a band director and at school at UCA )the love of marching and he taught so many people so many wonderful things, including how to have fun. He also taught them to be self-disciplined and respectful. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, because they all loved him. When a loved one becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. (I wonder how big a box it would take to hold all those memories of his students.) Susie, Ashley and Amy you have good reason to be proud that he's part of your family and always will be.
We're sure the band students in heaven have the best director possible. Our hearts go out to Susie and the entire family. Bill, Mary and Family
So sorry for your loss. Steve Platt was one heck of a Band Director. We loved to come to the games just to hear the band! We moved to Van Buren in the summer of 2002 and it sure made us appreciate the "Pride of Faulkner County" that much more!! VB Band pretty much stunk! They have gotten much better...but no comparison. Thank you Mr. Platt for all your hard work and for all that you stood for! You will be missed!
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, he will be greatly missed by so many.
Steve was a great friend and director, he influenced the lives of countless students who are now professional musicians, doctors, engineers, etc. All teachers hope to have a positive influence on the lives of our students. Steve Platt showed us all how to truly inpact a students life. Thanks Steve for your example and friendship.
Susie and family,
First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steve was a great guy in addition to being a great educator. I always greatly enjoyed visiting with him over the last 25 or so years! When word got to him a couple of years ago that I was very concerned about being able to play guitar again due to my wrist being injured (among other injuries) from an automobile accident, he sent me a dulcimer! I guess someday he and I will work up a fiddle/dulcimer duet! LOL. Hope it doesn't get us kicked out of Heaven!
The great thing is, we all have the opportunity to see Steve again.
May God bless you and give you strength.
Susie and girls,
Our hearts are broken, but I know Heaven's musicians have been celebrating! We love your family and we will miss Steve, he gave so much to our kids, our school, and our community. Thanks for sharing his life with us, it has been an honor to work with him and to know him. We will be there for you, our prayers have been going up daily for you.
The Cox Family
Gene, Judy, Haley, and Megan
Our prayers are with you. God bless you WE loved steve. Our daughter learned so much from him & she will carry it with her forever.
susie - my deepest sympathies. your husband has brought so much inspiration with all of his generous and endless giving efforts. i will remember him as that smiling, present, considerate person. thinking about you and all of your family....much love - laura
My sincerest sympathies to the family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Susie and family sorry to hear about Mr. Platts passing, you and your family will be in my prayers. What can you say about such a wonderful man that has not already been expressed in the other signings. You and Mr. Platt were like a second family to me and I missed that after graduation. I enjoyed the Friday night football games at the Grove when he would let some of us come into the stands and play with the band, it was really a blast. I was really excited after I moved to Cabot to find out that you guys lived so close and was looking forward to coming to see ya'll and catching up. I really regret not being able to come see you guys, but will cherish the time I had on the phone with him catching up and just talking a couple a weeks ago. He was more than a teacher, he was a friend and that will be greatly missed. I will keep my eyes on Heaven and one great day we can all play together in that big band in the sky. Bobby Hefner Harmony Grove 1987
Words alone cannot express what Mr. Platt meant to me. The memories of junior high and high school I remember the most had to do with band. Mr. Platt, you have always held a special place in my heart. Since graduation, I always made a special effort to bring my two children to a Vilonia football game to see "The Pride of Faulkner County." Thank you for the lessons on and off the marching field that you taught me; Hardwork, leadership, devotion, pride, and committment. I will miss you terribly, and I anticipate the day when I can play for you again. I am privileged to have been a part of your legacy and I am very proud to be known as one of your many "band kids."
My prayers and thoughts go out to the whole Platt family. Mr. Platt was a wonderful man and I have many great memories because of him. Mr. Platt helped make me who I am today and I will never forget the memories he helped create or the lessons he taught me.
Susie, Ashley and Amy,
So sorry to hear about Mr. Platt. He has touched so many lives. Please know that he will be missed by many, including those from Harmony Grove. I pray you all find strength in knowing he is with the Lord. Wish we could make it to the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate his life.
Love, Stefani Ishikawa and Dianne Tuberville
We will miss you, more than you will ever know.
Your family is in our prayers.
One only has to read the moving and inspiring words of love [here] to know that Mr. Platt was indeed an extraordinary and very beloved man. He has touched the lives of so many of us here on this earth - and now he will forever be immortalized as 'the leader"
of the most important band of all - the one in heaven.
Let us all hold dear the memories we have and be everso mindful of just how precious and short life really is.
We hope the family feels some measure of comfort during this time of great loss in knowing just how much the entire Vilonia community loves and supports you. We humbly ask the Lord to give you strength as you are surrounded by so many people who deeply and genuinely care. We know your cherished memories will warm your heart and make you smile.
Just like 'footprints in the sand' tells us - God will carry you and be your guiding light during the most difficult days ahead. And may your spirits be lifted with the knowledge that one day - we will all be with our loved ones again.
With Heartfelt Love
And Deepest Sympathies,
Cindy, Rick, and Courtney
Susie, Ashley, & Amy: I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Mr. Platt made a difference in my life & the lessons he taught me have been applied many times over the years. I had the highest respect for him & all that he did. What a wonderful man he was...
He was a wonderful man/mentor! He will carry on in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
My son was in band for the first time last year in 6th grade and he really thought a lot of Mr. Platt. He was very good to all of the kids. My prayers are with your family.
Susie and Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one!
Kaleb and Emily love you and will miss Mr. Platt so much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you!
In the late 1960's, I attended Singing School in Little Rock under the direction of Mr. Luther Hutchins. In fact, I lived with Ms Anna Belle and Mr. Luther during the 2-3 weeks of singing school. I will never forget singing harmony with Steve ( him and I are the same age), David, Gus, John and little Charlie!! Those times were some of the best of my life! Got to meet up with Steve 7 or 8 years ago when he judged a band competition at my daughter's DeWitt High School, where we caught up on each other and the brothers. Knowing him and his love of music, it's no doubt he will be on the front row of Heaven's Choir! It truly was good to have known him. God Bless all the Platt Family
To the Platt Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Platt was a pretty amazing human being that will be missed by many. Both my daughters have benefited greatly by Mr. Platt's wisdom and wonderful teaching of music. May God Bless all of you.
Mr. Platt will always be remembered by me, and many others, as the father they had away from home. He was more than a father to his own kids, he was a father to countless others.
Mr. Platt, I have always held a special place in my heart and in my life for you. The lessons you taught me on the field and in the band room have followed with me every single day. Hard work, determination, devotion, pride. I could go on and on. You are a great man and I will miss your eagerness to teach, your patience, your love of all things music. You opened my ears to not only music but to life. I know my life was forever changed that summer day in 1992, I walked in the band room and asked if I could play. 3 years later you asked me to be drum major. I tried my hardest and my best for you and you showed me the way. For that I will always be grateful and I am blessed for having you in my life. Thank you. I will miss you and I will carry your memory always. God Bless You Mr. Platt and I hope I can be in your heavenly band when I get there.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God bless you and comfort you as only He can.
My our prayers be wiht you WE LOVE YOU
Our prayers are with you .GOD BLESS YOU.
I see some things never change... reading some of the other messages, I saw the word "pride" several times. I was blessed to have Mr. Platt for 7 years as a band director at Harmony Grove. He always taught that in band and in life that you should always do your best and have pride in what you do. He always reminded us that we represented God, our family, our school and mostly ourselves. This life lesson has stuck with me for 16 years. Mr. Platt was an awesome man and will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you
My hear t goes out to you. I am so sorry to hear about my cousins passing. Reading his obituary made me wish I had taken the opportunity to know him better, but what I do recall I will recall fondly.
From reading the obit and seeing where the service will be, I can tell he made an impact in life and will be missed greatly by those he touched with his presence and gifts.
The Stephen's of the world are a rare breed and I have only met a few...but knowing his type long term or short term makes us all thankful of the things in life that Stephen and those like him have taught us.
He will be missed in ways that can not truly be expressed by words alone. Maybe showing what he taught is the greatest way of saying goodbye to such an amazing man
You are all in my prayers
It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to this wondeful man. We are very grateful for the love and guidance he showed to both of our daughters, Tara and Kasey and to all of his adopted band kids through the years. The angles in heaven will sound just that much sweeter with his voice to guide them.
I don't know if you remember me but we used to work together at the Health Department in Camden. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May the Lord be with you and your family at this time of sorry.
Mr. Platt was a wonderful man who loved his family and his job. He was a man of oppurtunity, kindness, and God. He was never afraid to let people know his beliefs. He changed many lives and will be remembered forever.
Mr. Platt was truly an angel on earth. He treated all his "band students" with pride and respect. As with all his students, I was one of the many that he had a lasting effect on. I will always remember him. Your family is in my prayers. Heaven's music is only sweeter with him there now.
we are so sorry about mr platt,our prayers and thoughts are with you.He will be missed by all of Vilonia.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family. Vilonia Band and School will never be the same. It's hard to believe that the man who was known by just "Platt" is no longer with us.
You are in our prayers.
we are so sorry for your loss. i think there is no greater honor for a teacher than to be viewed as a friend as well as a teacher. Our school, community and children have suffered a huge loss.
Mrs. Platt, Ashley and Amy,
Thanks for being so supportive of Mr. Platt during the time he spent mentoring and loving our students in our community. Your support of your husband and Dad has made an impact on our community that words can't express. I have been taught that behind every GREAT man is a great support system and we are grateful to you. We thank you for sharing an outstanding leader with us all these years. Our hearts are heavy and we are hurting with you. Don't feel like you need to go through this alone. If you need anything your family (Vilonia community) is there for you. There are so many willing to help, just let us know what is needed and we will be there. It is our time to share with you.
Ray, Paulette, Desiree, Derrick and Dustin Metheny
mrs. platt and family, we are so sorry for your loss. we lost my mother last week, even though she didnt know mr. platt personally, she always looked forward to seeing the vilonia band perform, (and her grandchildren), she admired mr. platt for all he did for the band. it brings me a little comfort knowing that she is getting to know him, because she admired him.we know that he loved what he did and he loved his kids.we are proud that our children had the oppurtunity for mr. platt to be their teacher. he had a profound impact on this whole community, and we love and appreciate you both. i was in the first band vilonia ever had, and i was always so proud to see what mr. platt did for vilonia. one thing that brings to my mind is that mr. platt always had time to say hello, sometimes you could tell that he was on an important mission but if he didnt tell you a "story" he always recognized you and made you feel special. mr. platt will be missed deeply. our thoughts and prayers are with you. love, craig, barb, celeste, katie and cody
You are A very special man that touched many lives.
I am so lucky that you touched mine.I will never forget you!
Mr.Platt ment so much to our family, was always there when we needed advice or a good joke. He will truley be missed. You are in our thoughts and our Prayers
I am sorry for your loss - my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mr Platt will be missed. The time & kindness he demonstrated to our child will not be forgotten. He was very friendly, kind & patient. Words can't describe what a devastating loss this is. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family.
I'm sorry for your lost. Mr. Platt was a great band teacher and he came up with wonderful songs..... Mr. Platt was a great choir teacher has well he taught me from tenth grade to eleventh grade......ya'll will be in my prayers.
Susie, Amy, Ashley and the Vilonia family,
Steve Platt was one in a million who touched countless lives, including mine. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Steve had such a positive influence on so many young women and men. We spent many wonderful hours at games and marching contests, proudly listening to the band and being entertained by Mr. Platt's antics! His love for music and for all those around him was so evident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Platt family.
Clay and Martha Taylor (Little Rock)
Jay Taylor (Fayetteville)
Sam Taylor (Russellville)
You will never be forgotten.
Steve Platt was a great person and above all a great band director. He will be missed by everyone. Steve made Vilonia bands what it is today because making the Vilonia bands the best was what he wanted. He was a caring person and if you needed someone to talk to, he was there. Steve taught me to play the flute and he helped me be the best flute player I could be. My prayers are to his family and friends. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Our daughter Samantha Brown has been in the band program for 3 years and we couldn't have been more pleased. Mr. Platt impressed us the first time we met him. He expected a lot from his students, but he gave as much if not more than he got. I can honestly say that he will be missed by everyone who knew him. I only hope that his current students and those to come will honor him by not only continuing in the band, but by proving to him that all his hardwork will not have been in vain. He believed in the kids and the program. Let's continue to make him proud.
Ashley and family, my deepest sympathies on your loss. Mr. Platt was a great guy, and always a joy to be around. He touched a lot of people in his life and left a lot of great memories. My prayers are with you.
Tyler Dianne and I pray for God's comfort to each of you in the loss of Steve. If there was a person who had a gift of music, it was Steve. The beauty of that gift lives on in the many kids that he taught, the songs he sang, and the music he played. Ashley and Amy, each of you have his gifts; and through you, he lives on. Though each of his family and friends mourn his loss in different ways, their memories of Steve will be there to comfort them always. Our love and prayers are with you.
Mr. Platt was a great man, and this is a great loss to the world...this man has given so much to so many...and has changed multiple lives...i am so blessed to have been able to know this man, and to sit under his direction and learn from what he was called to teach anyone who wanted to learn....and because of this man, people who have never even met him can be touched by his work through others who can carry on the things that he has taught us all.....thank you so much mr platt for givng to the Lord....the platt family is in our thoughts and prayers....god bless....
There are few people in your life that you can honestly say, "That person made a true difference in making my life what it is." Well Mr. Platt was definitely one of those people in my life. The relationship I had with him is one I will never forget. He was truly a cornerstone of SO many lives and I am certain that his life of dedication to his family, his god, and his fellow man will be rewarded in heaven. My best goes out to his family, he will truly, truly be missed.
Mr. Platt was an inspiration to many people in Vilonia. He will never be forgotten.
My prayer and thoughts are with the Platt family as they go through this difficult time.
Steve was a wonderful guy that loved life itself.. He will be greatly missed by all that knew Him. Our Prayers will be with you.
I will never forget Mr. Platt and the lessons that he taught me. He will be greatly missed!!
Our thought and prayer are with you in this time of sorrow. Mr. Platt will be greatly missed.
The Langston Family
My daughter was in his band class and she adored him. He was a great teacher.
Sorry for your Loss and your family will be in my prayers.
Susie, my thoughts and prayers are with you, the girls, the Platt family, and the Vilonia Band during your time of loss. Steve was my friend and colleague for many years. I always enjoyed joking with him at marching contests. His competitive nature was usually the center of those jokes. Steve will be missed by all who knew him. On behalf of the North Pulaski High School Band, we send our love and condolences. May God bless you all.
Mr. Platt was a wonderful man with the kindness of heart that is not often seen. We were so blessed to have him umpire many baseball games when our son was younger. He always showed fairness but most of all kindness and care. May God be with each of you and know that you are in our prayers.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. All teachers (and anyone that works with children)need to follow the example that Steve set. God bless you during this time.
My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. He will live on through the many many memories and lives he has touched so sweetly. When I think of him it makes me smile. Knowing how many young people he came in contact with and what a role model he was. God Bless you all in this time of need.
Words can not begin to express how truly sorry I am for your loss. Please know that I am praying for the family of Mr. Platt and you are never far from my thoughts during this rough time.
OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL
STEVE WILL SURELY BE MISSED BY MANY FAMILY AND FRIENDS
LOVE YOU STEVE , GOD BLESS
He will be missed more then anyone can ever know. When asked if I would go back to high school my answer always was I would go back just for band. My best memories from school was Mr. Platt and the band. I will miss him greatly. My prayers and thought are with your family...Lots of love and prayers.
Mr. Platt was my first band director when I started playing for the Marching Badger Band in Beebe. I am blessed for having had Mr. Platt as a band director and teacher. God has used him to touch so many. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
He was a very special teacher in my life, and I will miss him a great deal.
There are people that come into your life an change it forever. I knew Mr. Platt for 13 years. I always knew i could count on him for anything. Mrs. Susie, I can not imagine your grief right now. One thing I know is this that if there were ever a man I knew for a fact was in heaven it is Steve Platt. Our whole town loved him and loves you.
You and your girls are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Platt's impact on my life and the person that I am today is only second to my father. I have so many wonderful memories of ya'll. He was our band "daddy" but you were our "momma" and will always be important to the lives that you've touched over the years. Thanks so much for sharing your family with so many students. I continue to pray for you all. Hold your girls tight and take comfort from each other.
Angie Oden Gilbert
H.G.H. class of '89 and member of the "original" dirty dozen
To all of the Platt family, but especially Susie, Ashley and Amy, I am so very sorry for your loss. Be assured that the whole community shares in your sorrow. There are no limits to the number of people's lives that Mr Platt touched and changed. My Angie was his first drum major when he came to Vilonia and forever he will be remembered by our family. He has accomplished astoundng things in the changes he brought to the Vilonia Band Program. He was the kind of teacher and band director that truly changes lives of students and will be remembered by everyone who ever met him. May he be remembered with joy and thankfulness that he was a part of our lives.
We are saddened to hear of Steve's death. He was such an inspiration to so many students. We fondly remember his incredible support to the McGehee Owls. His band was a huge part of our State Championship year. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love, Jerry and Libby
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Mr. Platt was a wonderful and caring man. He will be deeply missed.
More than a personal friend, Steve Platt was a man of character and honesty; a role model and mentor to our kids. A man who had a tough job that he dearly loved, who taught and led by example. Through discipline, leadership, and love, Mr. Platt earned the respect and love of all who knew him. I feel blessed that he taught and served as a role model to our kids. Mr. Platt, and the band program he built, was a major reason we chose to move to the Vilonia school district. Our hearts and prayers go out to Susie and his family. We are very grateful to have known him. This is one person who made a difference in our lives and will be greatly missed. Thank you, Mr. Platt. The Newkirk Family.
Mr. Platt was a very well respected man in the Vilonia community. He taught my daughter Amanda West in band and many of her friends. We will all miss him! Lots of Love to the family.
Susie and girls, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Platt made a great impact on so many lives and he will be missed by many. It is hard to find such a dedicated teacher & friend these days. He taught us so much more than band. We will all be praying for you. Now Mr. Platt is directing the pride of Heaven's band.
Steve was always so much fun to watch with his band. You could tell how much he lovedthe music and the kids. We could hardly wait until they got their whole program together and we could see what he came up with for that school year. It always impressed me that he prayed with the band before they took the field. He was loved and will be greatly missed.
Mr. Platt has always been a big part of my life. Mrs. Platt, Ashley and Amy thank you so much for sharing this amazing man with the world. He will be greatly missed by everyone he encounterd.
To Susie, Ashley, Amy and the Platt family:
We just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. The last 10 years that we have been a part of the Vilonia Band program have been some of the best years of our lives. We have enjoyed every aspect of it and that is due to Mr. Platt. He was a great band director who truly love his kids. He was also a great friend to the community because he reached out to so many who were in need. We are truly blessed to have known him. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed!
Mr. Platt was a wonderful person and band director, you are in my prayers during this time of sorrow.
my prayers are with the family. My memories of being with the choir have been with me since I have graduated from high school, each year Mr Platt would take us big kids to chuckie cheese and have a group breakfast at Van's cafe. We had so much fun. In my second year of choir we made it to state and made all ones, Mr Platt was so proud of us. He told us that the choir hasn't done that in more than 10 years. He has given me so many good memories of choir even though it was hard to get to class before school started. He will be greatly missed. sincerly amanda (2002 graduate)
How blessed we are to have been a part of this great mans life. He taught, not only the kids, but the parents as well, that life is about being passionate in what you believe. And you NEVER quit. Susie, Amy, and Ashley, thank you so much for sharing your husband and father with all of us. And know that we share in your grief. God is God no matter what and He will see you through .
Tammy, Sam, Jana, Jori Minnick
Sue will be in our prayers, We will all miss Steve so much Rachel was sitting here remembering some of his "sayings" I'm not fat just to short for my weight, We never brag on ourselves, just let every one else do it. 1,2,3 kick nooooooooo go back. Steve touched so many of our lives, he will be greatly missed, always had a smile for anyone, willing and did help anyone in any situation who needed it. My child is a senior and Steve has been there through it all since 6th grade band, and you always understood. God sure got himself an awsome band director and an even better person. Cindy Clark Rachels mom.
I know that I should have done better by my father by keeping in contact. If it had not been for Mr. Platt, I wouln't have accomplished the things that I've done thus far. I know that there will be countless upon countless stories of how he helped individuals. Because of his love for music, I became a lover of music. Because of his devoted love for mother Susie, I became a devoted lover of my wife. And because of his devoted love for people, to see them happy and to make it in life, I strive to do the same. God planted a seed in my father and he in turn planted seeds in all of his children. And as Jesus said, I'm glad that the seed he planted in me was on fertile ground and near plenty of water. I pray Mother Susie, Ashley, and Amy's strength in the lord in their time of loss. God Bless
Minister Anthony Giles
We are so sorry for the hurt your family is going through. Our prayers are with you. Mr. Platt will be greatly missed in this community by all who knew and loved him.
I've had many talks with Mr. Platt about planes. He swore he would never fly unless he had to go to Japan. He managed to hold his word on that subject as he did on so many other subjects. Mr. Platt was my second "daddy" for 6 years as he was to a TON of other people. It will certainly be weird to come back to watch football games and not see him walking around furiously like he was on a 007 mission. I just pray that all of the things he started in Vilonia will continue to be taken care of in his absense. The Christmas family, the hit list, the infamous CORN bucket, the prayer before games and events, etc... Also someone HAS to wipe the chalkboard off with their hand and then leave that perfect handprint on thier butt. I'm sure Mr. Platt would appreciate that. It seems surreal that this is all happening, and that I am sitting here typing this, but it's true. I can just picture him sitting on his front porch in Heaven just playing that fiddle 'till his heart's content. It will be great music. And he has taught so many thousands of us to play that great music, so that one day, we can play it for the Lord too.
Bonnie Etchieson a.k.a. Dead Lips (trumpet player!)
Platt Family - I was sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Platt was an outstanding band & choir director and a great person. Wishing you comfort & peace at this time of sorrow.
Ms. Susie, Ashley, Amy and Family,
Mr. Platt is one of those teachers that you just don't forget. He instilled a pride in his students that made them never want to settle for second best. I will always cherish the memories of being in band and choir under Mr. Platt's direction. I believe he is playing that trumpet loud and clear....
Praying for you all. God bless you.
Mr. Platt was more than a band director to me. He was a friend, a role model, a football season dad. No one will ever be able to hold a candle to him. Mrs. Platt, Ashley, and Amy, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing him with me. Because you were willing to share him with all of his students, there are better people walking around today. I love you for all that you have done. And Mr. Platt...."All the Girlies say he's pretty fly for a bald guy" I miss you so much.
I had the honor of being the tuba player in Mr. Platt's first band at Harmony Grove. Because of Mr. Platt, I became also became a band director. He was more than just a teacher; he was a good friend whom I loved and respected. Susie, my prayers are with you. - Bob
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I still can't believe it. Many of my fondest memories of VHS were tied to band - the first two years Mr. Platt taught there. He was truly more than just a teacher, he was a role model as many others have said, and taught his students that anything is possible if you try hard enough. This world has lost one of it's finest, one who will never be replaced.
Susie, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you very much. We have been blessed to have Steve in our life. There will never been another like him.
He was so much more than a teacher to so many people. He always had a smile on his face and some kind of story to tell. He was always trying to help everyone. He always had an ear for anyone that had a problem. You knew he would sit down and listen to your problem and help you out. He was loved by many. And cherised by all. He gave us all hope. When we all started off as band kids. We thought we knew it all and that as soon as we got a instrument in our hands we would be GREAT.. But as soon as we heard ourself and knew that it just didn't come like that, we wanted to quit. But he would say, " With a little hard work and pratice. You'll learn and you'll get it." He will be missed more than words can express. And we know we'll all see him again someday. We miss him so much. The world crys and prays for the family.
Not only was Mr. Platt a great band director, he was an all around awesome man! I am blessed to say I knew him and I am thankful for everything he bestowed upon my life. You'll never be forgotten...and you'll never stopped being loved. Thank you for all you've done!
Sorry to hear of Mr. Platt's passing. He was a great man and admired by many. I will never forget his love for music and how he could always bring out the best in everyone. He personally taught me how to play the French Horn in one summer so I could be a member of the first Rifle line at Harmony Grove. He will be missed greatly by many; however, I believe there is alot more music being played in heaven now and he is enjoying every minute of it!
STEVE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE WE MET WHEN WE DECIDED TO MOVE TO VILONIA IN 1994 . WE IMMEDIATELY BECAME FRIENDS . IT WASN'T HARD TO DO . HE HAD ONE OF THOSE PERSONALITIES THAT JUST REACHED OUT GRABBED YOU AND WOULD'T LET GO . HE ALWAYS HAD JOKE READY NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE . HE TAUGHT OUR 4 KIDS THE ART AND LOVE FOR MUSIC AND FOR THAT WE ARE GREATLY APPRECIATIVE . HIS DEDICATION TO THE KIDS AND THE COMMUNITY WERE NOT MATCHED ANYWHERE ELSE . WE ADMIRED HIS STRENGTH OF DISCIPLINE FROM THE KIDS AND THE COMMITMENT TO NEVER SETTLE FOR 2ND PLACE . VILONIA BAND COMPETED AGAINST NOT ONLY ARKANSAS BANDS BUT BANDS FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES . THEY PROVED THEY WERE THE BEST .WE WERE FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH STEVE AND SUSIE ON THE BAND PARENTS BOARD FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND I WOULDN'T TRADE A MOMENT OF IT FOR ANYTHING . STEVE , YOU AND SUSIE TOUCHED THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF KIDS . EVEN THOUGH THEY GRIPPED AND COMPLAINED AFTER PRCTICE EACH DAY IT WAS ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE THEM TURN TO YOU WITH SMILE WHEN ACCEPTING THE TROPHIES . IN OUR OPINION YOU ARE THE " PRIDE OF ARKANSAS ". I WON'T BE THE SAME NOT SEEING YOU AT VAN'S , CRAKER BARREL OR WAL-MART , BUT YOU WILL BE MISSED . THANKS FOR BEING OUR FRIEND .
ALL OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS :
GARY AND REBECCA QUALLS
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls during these difficult days. Thank-you for sharing so much of your family with band kids over the years. Your family, under the direction of Mr. Platt, has gifted the world a great deal of love and kindness.
Mr. Platt was a way cool cat. As his student, I knew that I was lucky to have been blessed with such a talented, dedicated and inspirational teacher. As an adult, I still draw upon the knowledge and skills taught by Mr. Platt.
God bless your family, and I will keep you in my prayers.
Harmony Grove class of '89
& member of the original Dirty Dozen
Words cannot begin to express the impact that Mr. Platt has made on so many lives. He was not only a great teacher but a great friend. He took pride in what he did and he wanted his students-past & present- to take pride in what they did. He loved ALL his "band kids". I will miss him greatly. Susie, Ashley, and Amy, you guys are in my thoughts and in my prayers. Don't be afraid to lean on others in this time. Love you guys and God Bless You.
Mrs. Platt & Family,
We are praying for all of you. We are so thankful for all that Mr. Platt did for so many kids, including ours. He showed the kids that with alot of discipline that they were talented musicians. He had so much pride in the Vilonia band. He instilled that pride in the kids. We are so thankful for the opportunity that our girls had to be apart of his program. He will be missed greatly. Love & prayers
Mr. Platt will be missed by so many people in our community. He was a great man, and wonderful mentor for our kids.
Thank you for all you have given everyone. You will not be forgotten!!
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve was such a giving and thoughtful person and He will be missed by all who knew Him. We pray for God's strength for all the family during this difficult time.
Please know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Platt was a wonderful man who loved everyone of his band students. I will be glad to say that I was one of his many students. I am grateful for all the memories and he will be forever missed.
Mr. Platt was more than a terrific band director to all of us he was a terrific role model. I will always remember him. His family is in my prayers.
I love you Mr. Platt
Susie, May God comfort you & the girls now and in the days to come. Many fond memories of your family's Harmony Grove days. Sheree Tucker
Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the Platt family. Mr. Platt touched many people's lives and my children adored him. He made Vilonia band what it is with his love ,dedication and hard work. In this time, may you find comfort , for God has chosen Mr.Platt to lead a new band in Heaven and carry out his love of music with the angels up above. God bless you all.
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
To the Platt family
Your in our thoughts and prayers. I pray that God gives you strength in this time of need. Mr. Platt was a wonderful friend and teacher. I'm going to miss him greatly.
Words cannot express the heartache we feel for the loss of our Mr. Platt. His band is the Pride of Faulkner County but he was also our Pride of Faulker County for all the good he did in our town, for our school and for our kids. He will be so very missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Platt family. Mr. Platt had 5 of my 6 children in band and has made a tremendous impact on their lives. We have appreciated all the hard work he has done for the Vilonia Band department and in the community. We will miss him.
. You and the girls will be in our thoughts and prayers. We are just a phone call away. Please call 796-3400. Vilonia will never be the same.
Jim,Sandra, Julie,Jessica, and Matthew
Mr. Platt was the glue of Vilonia and there has never been anyone with a bigger heart for the kids. Many kids got opportunities they would have never had if it hadn't been for him. He gave them life lessons and I am blessed my daughter has been a part of this. He will be greatly missed. The current high school marching band, this is your time to keep the band program what Mr. Platt has created. Don't let him down, yall do your very best and remember what he taught you. Let's keep PLATT PRIDE in Vilonia!! GO EAGLES!!! GO BAND!!!!!!!!
Please know that my prayers are with you all. You all know what an amazing man he was. He has touched a countless number of lives including mine and I am so thankful that my life was blessed by knowing him.
Love and prayers,
Thoughts and Prayers are with the Platt Family. What a sad loss to the VIlonia School District.
My Prayers are with the family, I will always remember Steve Platt as a kind and caring man. He has accomplished so much for Vilonia as a whole. He instilled so much into "all" his kids, not just music, but values, honesty and dedication. In Christian love.
I am very sorry to hear about Steve. My boys enjoyed their time in band while you guys were @ HGHS. Praying for you all...................Ginger
God Bless Mr. Platt, I will miss him really much, because he had helped me with so many things, and even made me to be the a great percussionist and first deaf percussionist in Vilonia School, I will never forget what he did for me. I will miss him, and he will be remembered by my heart forever. See ya Mr. Platt...
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The world has lost a truly wonderful person. He will be forever missed.
He touched so many lives, and was a great example. He made a lasting impression on his students.
My Paryers and thoughts are with you. Steve Platt touched people in a way that made a life time impression. Candice was telling me about one time "Mr. Platt got upset with me" after asking questions and finding out the "root" of the problem I ask her had she given her best? She said no I was in a hurry, and I told her that explained it. Steve Platt expected people to try to do their best, not more than their best, but their best. He had a way of making people want to do their best.
It's hard to believe....I am so sorry. He was a loved man, not only by his family, but by the community, the school, and people all over the state of Arkansas. He was a great man, a brilliant band director, and a friend and he will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts to the family, hang in there.
I'm very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful example and inspiration to students.
We loved him alot, Our prayers are with the you and the family.
Mike, Dixie and Dusty West.
To Mr. Platt's wife, family, students, and fellow band directors: On behalf of my family and the Greenbrier Band Program, please know that we are thinking about you all and praying for you. Mr. Platt was a legend in this state and in this community. He was my friend and mentor, and somebody that helped me when I needed it. He will certainly be missed.