The Valdosta Daily Times
Richard Elwood Stephens, 75, of Lake Park, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at his home.
He was born on Jan. 24, 1938, in Cook County, Ga., to the late Ethridge W. and Oria Virginia Adams Stephens and moved to Lowndes County at a young age and attended Lowndes County Public Schools most of these years at Pine Grove School. In his adult life, he received Small Farmer of the Year Award and along with his farming, he worked at ITT Metal Products for 29 years. Mr. Stephens was active as a volunteer leader in the 4-H Program with his children and served as a chaperone on exchange trips to Illinois and Oklahoma and many activities throughout the state. He was a active member of the Lake Park Christian Church where he served as church trustee. Mr. Stephens was a loving and dedicated husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather. His great-grandchildren loved riding in the golf cart with Grandpa.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Margery Hall Stephens of Lake Park; his daughter, Remonda Stephens of Lake Park; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Stephens and Judy Griner of Enigma, James and Diane Stephens of Lake Park, Wendell and Gail Stephens of Valdosta; two grandchildren, Jessica Stephens of Lake Park, Patrick and Arely Stephens of Valdosta; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Stephens of Lake Park, Ian Stephens of Valdosta, Elise Stephens of Valdosta; stepgrandchildren, Alison and Philip Atkinson of Marion, S.C., Will Crick of Kennesaw, Caitlyn Griner of Engima; stepgreat-grandchild, Abigail Atkinson of Marion, S.C.; nieces, Debbie and James Rogers of Lake Park, Marion and Howie Hartman, Dorothy Hightower, Jo Ann Sumner, all of Valdosta; nephew, Billy Dennis of Lake Park; uncle, Carlos (Snook) Stephens of Brooks County; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sherman and Madelyn Hall of Pavo, Lowell and Judy Hall of Lake City, Fla., Carolyn Hall, Wonda Arnold, both of Valdosta, JoAnn Hartman of Atlanta; special friend, Wilmer Deas and the Pine Grove High School Class of 1958.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Gene Dennis, Robbie and Lundy Centerfitt; one brother, Rudolph Stephens; nephew, Darrell Dennis; nieces, Lillian West and Linda Thornton; three brothers-in-law, Eugene W. Hartman, Charles W. Arnold and Ludy Hall.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Corinth Cemetery. Bro. Larry Harden and the Rev. Sherman Hall will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today at Carson McLane Funeral Home, 2215 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31602. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, P.O. Box 1727, Valdosta, GA 31603. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com. — Carson McLane Funeral Home