James Edward Stephens Sr., a resident of Dewar, entered into eternal life on Saturday, August 8, 2020 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 85. He was born April 4, 1935 in Center Point, OK to James Edward Stephens & Mary (Shifford) Stephens.
He served the United States during the Korean War in the Marines. James worked as a machinist for 25 years. He loved his family dearly, fishing, and his church family. He was a member of the Dewar First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Stephens, his parents, two sisters, Bernice Cartwright and Geneva Watkins, and by one brother, Don Stephens.
James is survived by his daughter, Mary Durbin & husband John of Dewar,
son, James Edward Stephens III & wife Suzie of Dewar,
son, Orville Stephens of Okmulgee,
daughter, Diana Norman & husband Butch of Tiger Mountain,
twelve grandchildren: Kyla Stephens & husband Eric, Nicholas Stephens,
James Stephens IV & wife Mary, Chris Durbin & wife Jennifer,
Michael Durbin, Joe Blake & wife Joanie, Valerie Mosco & husband Dustin,
Amria Davis & husband Brett, Kara Stephens, Kloe Stephens, Karson Stephens,
Kelly Baker, and Mandi Nixon, 27 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren,
one sister, Norma Jean Blood of Claremore, as well as a host of other relatives and friends including his sweet church pew buddies, Sherry Cantrell, Judy Rawlings, Lorri Henry Hudson and Leatta Horton
Viewing will be from 4-8 PM on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and from 8 am - 8pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 with the family present to greet friends from 6-8 PM Wednesday at Integrity Funeral Service.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Dewar First Baptist Church with Rev. Ryan Wells, Rev. Suzie Stephens, and Dr. Audie Swinney, officiating. Interment will follow at New Sonora Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
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