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Stephen, George A.

George A. Stephen

George A. Stephen died at his home in Austin in the company of his family on April 27, 2006. He was a nationally-recognized tax lawyer and authority on civil and criminal tax fraud. Until his final illness, he was in private law practice in Austin and Washington, DC. He had retired in 1973 as Chief, Intelligence Division, United States Internal Revenue Service, based in Austin. During his 25 year career with the IRS, he was twice given Outstanding Performance Awards and at retirement received the Albert Gallatin Award, the Department of Treasury's highest career service honor, conferred by US Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz. He earlier received a Special Commendation by US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy for outstanding achievement in the extended federal investigations of the US Task Force on Racketeering and Organized Crime.

George was a visiting lecturer on civil and criminal tax fraud at the University of Texas School of Business and Texas Junior Bar Association and a seminar instructor in financial investigative techniques for the Texas Department of Public Safety Investigative Training Schools. He was past chairman of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Government Employees Federal Credit Union.

George received a BBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed all accounting courses for an MBA there. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law, Houston. He had earlier completed 3-1/2 years of Texas A&M's 5-year petroleum engineering degree program when he was drafted after Pearl Harbor.

He was commissioned by the US Army Air Corps as a Bombardier Navigator at Kelly Field, San Antonio. After graduating from Pan American World Airways Advanced Navigation College at Homestead, Florida, he flew in bombers and multiengine aircraft in combat in every WWII theater of war. He also served as a special consultant on fuel-conservational transoceanic and transpolar route planning. Later, he was among the volunteers who flew the "Hump" over the Himalayas between India and China to supply Chinese and Russian Allies. Following the end of WWII, "five years, a wife, and one baby later," as he often said, he began college anew at UT while working full time as a radio news and sports announcer.

George was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, July 14, 1920. As a youth, he lived in five Texas and Oklahoma cities as the family followed his father's oil business. He attended San Jacinto High School in Houston as a freshman, where he drew attention on the track team as a prospective Olympics high hurdler. When the East Texas oilfields boomed, he moved with his family to Kilgore, where he starred as an all-regional basketball player and left end on the championship football team at Kilgore High School and met his future wife, LaVerne Anding.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Earnest Stephen and Vida Klein Stephen; his wife of 53 years, LaVerne (MiMi) Anding Stephen; and his son, David Darden Stephen. Survivors in his immediate family are his brother, John Erle Stephen of Austin; granddaughter Sarah Stephen and daughter-in-law Jeanna Hamilton Stephen of Bulverde; niece Leslie Stephen and her husband, Anthony L. Renzi, of Austin; nephew Kurt Stephen and his wife, Victoria Shawn Stephen, of McAllen; and great-nieces Elyse Stephen and Sophia Stephen and great-nephew Alexander Stephen, all of McAllen.

George was admired for the intelligence, insight, and integrity he brought to all his dealings and relationships. He had a fun-loving spirit and wit, and his wisdom and generosity enriched the lives of many friends and relations. He was a fierce competitor at bridge, chess, and poker, which he played regularly until a few weeks before his death.

He supported many charities as an Honorary Member of the Stephen F. Austin Chapter-Order of DeMolay, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Elks, 25 year member of Hill City Lodge No. 456 AF&AM, Scottish Rite Mason-32nd Degree, and sponsor of activities of the Austin Area Boy Scouts and Vaughn House, Inc. He also was a director of the Austin Area Garden Council and organized the Austin Rose Society, serving three terms as its president. A Life Member of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association and Member of the UT Longhorn Club, his other memberships included the Travis County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Association of Former Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Austin Chess Club, Texas Chess Association, and US Chess Federation.

George's family is grateful to all the dedicated professionals who cared for him over the past eighteen months, most especially to Angie Richter, Ida Sparks, and Ernest Valle, and to the huge circle of friends and professional associates who showed their love and respect for him in so many ways.

In keeping with his wishes, George was cremated and his remains will be buried privately by the family at Lake Side Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Texas; a farewell gathering of his friends and family will be held in Austin on June 7th at 4:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater at Laguna Gloria. Memorial contributions may be made to Vaughn House, Inc., of Austin; Houston Shriners Hospital for Children; or Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin.

Austin American-Statesman, May 7, 2006.

Stephens, Connie Marie (Stowe)

Connie Marie Stephens

Connie Marie Stephens, 46, of Sheridan passed away Friday, April 14 in Eagle Lake.

She was born February 24, 1960 in Houston the daughter of Harvey Stowe and Sybil Marie Mitchell Lundy.

Connie was employed as a prison guard for the State of Texas and was of Baptist faith.

Preceded in death by her father, Harvey; and a brother, Robert Lee Stowe; survivors include her friend, Marvin Arnold of Sheridan; mother, Sybil, of Livingston; daughter, Shawndee Marie Felder of Sheridan; son, Jimmie Ray Felder of Monroe, Louisiana; sisters, Debbie Pampell of Giddings and Kandee Rae Dunk of Port Barre, Louisiana; brothers, Chester Stowe of Houston and Steven Charles Stowe; and two grandchildren, Maryssa Jo'Shawn Nays and Sharissa Nicole Nays.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 18 at 3 p.m. from Cheetham Cemetery with Leonard Ward officiating. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 20, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Stephens, Fox

Mr. Fox Stephens’ Funeral Held At 3 O’clock Sunday Afternoon

End Came to Prominent Business Man and Beloved Citizen on Last Friday Night; Funeral Held on Sunday Afternoon and Was One of the Largest Funerals Ever Seen in Eagle Lake.

Deep sorrow is felt throughout this entire community over the death of Mr. Fox Stephens, one of Eagle Lake’s most loved citizens, who died at his home on State Street at 8:40 o’clock last Friday night.

On Tuesday afternoon, while presiding at a patriotic meeting in the district court room of the court house at Columbus when the Home Guard for Colorado County was being organized, Mr. Stephens suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he never rallied. He was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Hahn in that city, and brought by automobile to his home here the following afternoon.

Mr. Stephens was one of the most universally popular men in this entire section of the country, and a man that Eagle Lake can ill afford to lose. He was a straight forward , honest, upright citizen – a man among men. He was open in his convictions and in every question, and it matters not what the question may have been, it was pretty safe to say that Fox Stephens was on the right side.

Fox Stephens is going to be missed in Eagle Lake, and thought he is gone, his genial cordiality and pleasing fellowship among us will never be forgotten, for Fox Stephens was liked by every man, woman and child in this whole community. He had a pleasant word and a friendly greeting for everyone. He was a man of keen business ability, but it mattered not what the business worries were that rested upon his shoulders – he was always the same pleasant and friendly gentleman.

Mr. Stephens was born in Greenville, Tennessee, on May 15th, 1858, and was married to Miss Nancy J. Brooks of that city on April 2nd, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Stephens, together with the family of his brother, Mr. Frank Stephens, moved to Eagle Lake in 1897, and cast their lot among us. In partnership with his brother, Mr. Frank Stephens, they engaged in the hardware business in Eagle Lake under the firm name of Stephens Bros., later buying over the Vineyard, Walker & Co., business and organizing the Frank Stephens Company which has developed into one of the largest business concerns in this section of the country. In 1906 Mr. Stephens went with the First National Bank of this city, and was president of that institution at the time of his death, though stall a member of the frank Stephens Company.

The funeral took place from the family home at three o’clock Sunday afternoon, and was one of the largest funeral ever seen in this city, there being more than a hundred automobiles in the procession. The services at the house were conducted by the Odd Fellows, after which the Masons took charge and conducted the services at the grave. The Odd Fellows and Masons marched in separate bodies, following the hearse, to the grave yard, he being a member of both orders.

In the death of Mr. Stephens Eagle Lake has lost one of its most valued citizens, one who ever stood in the front ranks for his city’s improvement. He was a progressive citizen and always took an active interest in every thing for the uplifting and advancement of his town and community. He was ever ready to lend a helping hand to a friend or one worthy of help, and his generous deeds of kindness will long live in the hearts of the people of this section.

Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife and one brother, Mr. Frank Stephens, president of the Frank Stephens Company, with whom he has been intimately associated since early boyhood, the two having always shared their pleasures and their sorrows together. To Mrs. Stephens in the loss of her husband, and Mr. Stephens, in the loss of his brother and life-long friend, the Headlight tenders its sincerest sympathy.

Fox Stephens was a good man, and during the twenty years he has lived among us , we have never heard one work ill spoken of his. Everyone liked him, for there never has lived among us a more friendly, a more courteous or more loveable man than he, and his familiar figure will be sadly missed on our streets, in our business circles and in our social life.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 16, 1918
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Stephens, Frank


Eagle Lake and Entire Section Mourns Sudden Passing of Prominent Citizen

Eagle Lake mourns the passing of one of its best and most prominent Citizens, Mr. Frank Stephens, who died suddenly at his home in this city at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning. For sometime, Mr. Stephens has been in ill health, but for the past several months he has been so much better and seemed so much improved and stronger in every way that his death was wholly unexpected and came as a shock to his family and friends. Up to Sunday he was enjoying better than his usual health, when he became ill, but having frequently suffered such spells, no undue uneasiness was felt over his condition, until Wednesday morning, when he grew suddenly worse, and within a few minutes the spirit took its flight and the earthly career of our friend-this fine gentleman-was ended. Such was the peaceful closing of a long, useful and upright life.

Mr. Stephens was born in Greenville, Tennessee, on January 23, 1858.

He was married in that city 47 years ago to Miss Josephine Bird, who with one son, Mr. Hayes Stephens, survives him. Shortly after marriage Mr. and Mrs. Stephens moved to the west and lived at various places, moving to Eagle Lake from Colorado in 1897, and entered business here under the firm name of Stephen Brothers just twenty-six years and fifteen days prior to the day of his death. His brother, Mr. Fox Stephens, who died March 1918, and also his son, Mr. Hayes Stephens were associated with him in his business. In _____ of 1900, the Stephens Bros., bought out the Vineyard & Walker hardware and grocery business and reorganized the business under the firm name of the Frank Stephens Company, which since that time has grown to one of the largest businesses in the entire country. He was president of the firm and was also vice president and a member of the directorate of the First National Bank of this city. Mr. Stephens was a splendid business man and through close attention to his affairs and by square and honest dealings with his fellowman, he was. a successful business man.

Mr. Stephens who was better known to most every person in this entire community as "Mr. Frank," was Kindhearted, always Jovial and good natured, and in his death Eagle Lake has lost one of its most prominent and most useful citizens—and a man who was useful to the world and who wished all men well has finished his work and passed on. His life was quiet, but useful and strong in purpose. He stood for the right, he lived uprightly and enjoyed the fullest confidence and the highest esteem of all with whom he came in contact , and to his loved ones he leaves a proud heritage that cannot tarnish—a good name. He was always a staunch friend of this paper and was ever one of the Headlight’s greatest boosters. We shall not forget him. Even if absence should cause us to forget his voice and features, the many kind words that he has spoken, the beautiful home that he erected in his desire to make Eagle Lake a prettier and a better town, and the many deeds of kindness that he has performed, will speak of him and tell again and again of his useful service. The writer .knows well of the loneliness of the devoted companion and the great burden of sorrow which rests upon her, and we all pray that grace abundant may be given to her for the trying hours. Mr, Stephens was a member of a family of ten children five brothers and one sister and all have answered the summons and passed on to that silent city except one sister, Mrs. M.E. Mann, of San Diago, California. The funeral services were held from the family home at half past four o’clock Thursday afternoon, the services at the home being conducted by Rev. E.B. McLaughlin of Garwood, after with the Masonic Order of which he was a member, took charge of the remains and conducted the Masonic burial ceremony at the grave.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 18, 1923
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Stephens, Hayes


A pleasant Sunday morning ride ended in one of this community’s greatest tragedies last Sunday, resulting in the death of Hayes Stephens 79, retired businessman and financer, and seriously injuring his wife, Mrs. Stephens. Mr. Stephens was one of Eagle Lake's most prominent citizens for over sixty years. He was chairman of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank, a position he held since 1943. The accident occurred at 10:40 Sunday morning at the intersection of Highways 71 and 90 in the Columbus city limits. Mr. and Mrs. Stephens were hospitalized in Columbus Hospital with critical injuries ________ passed away at 9:00 o’clock, Monday evening from severe head injuries. Mrs. Stephen suffered a cracked left-elbow and a compound fracture of the right leg and other injuries but late yesterday reportedly was getting along very well The Stephens' car was driven by Mrs. Stephens, and was in collision in the Intersection with a pickup truck driven east on Highway 90 by Adolph Albert Cejak. 38, of Columbus. Mr. Cejka was only slightly injured. Mr. and Mrs. Stephens were turning left into Highway 71 from Highway 90 at the instant of the impact. After the collision, the Stephens car ran out of control, hitting the Humble Service Station on the southeast corner, careening through the drive and knocked over a woven wire fence and sign in front of Dr. Earl Dancer's veterinary hospital, and crossed back over highway 90 and slammed into a large tree on the north side of the thoroughfare. The impact from this crash with the tree is believed to have caused Mr. Stephens' injuries when his head was hit against the corner post of the windshield. While passing through the station the car struck the rear end of the car in which R.H. Codianne of Columbus was sitting. It has been unable to ascertain for sure, but it is thought that perhaps Mrs. Stephens' leg was broken by the initial impact and she was unable to remove her foot from the accelerator and stop the car. She also received severe scalp wounds upon the impact with the tree. Plans are to move Mrs. Stephens to Laughlin Hospital as soon as doctors will permit the move. Mr. Stephens never regained consciousness and Columbus hospital authorities believe he would have been paralyzed, had he recovered, The e death of Mr. Stephens was the eleventh traffic fatality in Colorado county so far this year, and was the second traffic fatality this year within the city limits of Columbus.

Stephens Rites Set Today, Wed.

Last rites for Hayes Stephens, 79, prominent Eagle Lake financier and real estate owner and retired Businessman will be held today, Wednesday, October 9th at 4:00 pm from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home. Mr. Stephens was fatally injured in an auto collision at Columbus at 10:40 Sunday morning, The Rev. Bruner Lee, pastor of the Mountain Home Church near Kerrville, and formerly a pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, will officiate at the services. Interment will be made in the Masonic Cemetery with the following serving as active pallbearers: D. R. Wintermann, S. S. Sinclair, Mose Thomas, Lloyd Spalinger, R. P. Wilcox, E. H. Rodgers,Jr, Louis Muzny, and Floyd Hodde. Named as honorary pallbearers were the directors, officers, and employees of the First National Bank of Eagle Lake; all members of Eagle Lake Rotary Club; and his host of friends throughout the State. Survivors include: his widow, Mrs. Lillie Stephens; two cousins in Eagle Lake, Clarence B. Stephens and Mrs. Addie Jo Taylor, and numerous relatives in Tennessee. Mr. Stephens was born on February 15, 1878 in Greeneville, Tennessee to Frank and Josephine Stephens. He came to the Lissie and Eagle Lake community in 1897 and opened a retail grocery in the building across from the present A. B, Store location. In 1900 the Frank Stephens Company was formed and he had a great part In operation of the grocery, hardware, implement and general merchandise business. He and Lillie Strickland were married in Eagle Lake on August 25, 1902. In January of 1921 he became president of the First National Bank of Eagle Lake and held that position until 1943 when he advanced to Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he held until his death. He owned many buildings in the downtown area, and also owned many acres of real estate and farm land throughout this area. He was formerly a member of the Eagle Lake Rotary Club, the only organization in which he actively participated. Several years ago, he retired from active participation in the Frank Stephens Company, but he continued his daily visits to the office and was always happy to greet friends of the community.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 10, 1957
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith
Photo from the Eagle Lake Headlight

Stephens, Lily Sue (Strickland)

Services Held Monday for Mrs. Hayes Stephens

The community received with great sadness the news Sunday morning of the death of Mrs. Hayes Stephens, a native of Eagle Lake and resident here for all of the 79 years of her life. Mrs. Stephens succumbed to a stroke and heart failure at 7:30 o'clock Sunday morning, January 19th. She had been bed-ridden, except for several instances when she was able to be up in a wheel chair since a tragic automobile accident in Columbus on October 6th in which her husband, Hayes Stephens, was fatally injured. She was recuperating from injuries and hopes were high for her complete recovery. The Rev. Bruner Lee, pastor of the Baptist Church in Mountain Home and formerly a minister of the local Baptist Church, officiated at the services held at four o'clock Monday afternoon, January, 20th at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home. Mrs. Clara Mae Nash played favorite hymns on the organ during the service. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery beside her beloved husband. Pallbearers were Joe D. Luna, 0.W. Powers, D. R. Wintermann, R.P. Wilcox, S. S. Sinclair, Lloyd Spalinger, E. H. Rodgers, Jr., and Louis Muzny, Jr.

Mrs. Lillie Strickland Stephens was born on July 24th, 1878 in Eagle Lake to M. K. and Orlena Paul Strickland, and she resided here throughout her life. She and the late Hayes Stephens were married in Eagle Lake on August 25th, 1903. Only survivors are two nieces Mrs. Lena Broyles of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Ann Witter of Houston. Mrs. Stephens was the youngest of six children in her family, and was the last remaining survivor of the M K. Strickland family. During her entire lifetime, she held the admiration, respect and love of the entire community. She held a long-time membership in the First Baptist Church and kept a keen interest in civic affairs. Her passing away culminated one of the most tragic events ever to occur in the community.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 23, 1958
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Stephens, Mary Josephine (Bird)

Mrs. Frank Stephens Buried On Thursday

One of Eagle Lake's most beloved citizens, Mrs. Mary Josephine Stephens, was laid to rest in Masonic Cemetery beside her late husband. Frank Stephens following services in the flower laden Presbyterian church at three 'o'clock on New Year's Day afternoon, January 1st, Rev. T. B. Anderson of Houston conducted the services, and paid tribute to the splendid character and loyal devotion of Mrs. Stephens, known to her many friends as "Aunt Jo." Mrs. Stephens was called to eternal rest at 1:59 on Wednesday afternoon, December 31st. She had been in ill health for the past eighteen months and had been a hospital patient for the past six months. The Presbyterian choir sang several favorite hymns with Mrs. T.P. Haley at the Piano, Rev. Anderson gave several comforting Scripture readings. Born November 23, 1862 in Greenville until the family moved to Texas to settle at Port Arthur. After a short stay there the came to Eagle Lake fifty years ago last April in 1897. Mrs. Stephens, her husband and her son, Hayes Stephens have been prominently identified with business, civic, religious and social affairs of this community and during the years of their residence here took a lead in the development of worthwhile affairs of the community. She was a charter member of the Presbyterian church where she served faithfully, and was ever generous of her time and resources to her beloved faith. She was kind and __________ of all and help ____________. She was married on January 10, 1877 in Greeneville, Tennessee to Frank Stephens who preceded her in death on August 15, 1923. Survivors include her son, Hayes Stephens, a niece, Mrs. Addie Jo Taylor, a nephew, Clarence B. Stephens, four brothers, Dave S. Bird, Robert C. Bird, Grover C. Bird of Greeneville, Tennessee and Chas. M. Bird of Seattle, Washington. Also by a number of nephews and nieces in Greeneville and Seattle. The pallbearers were A. L. Wahrmund, A. J. Stryss, Ed Hanly, G: F. Stallman, W N. Waddell, Robert Martin, Edgar Baring and Alvin Glueck, all Elders of the First Presbyterian Church. Deepest Sympathy is expressed to the family in their sadness.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 02, 1948
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Stephens, Nancy Josephine (Brooks)

Funeral Rites are held Thursday for Mrs. Fox Stephens

Widow of Former Prominent Eagle Lake Business Man Passes Away At Her Home Here Wednesday Afternoon

Rich in years and in long beautiful, helpful service, Mrs. Fox Stephens closed her eyes in the scenes of earth and at 3:15 Wednesday afternoon entered into the peaceful rest prepared for lives like hers from the foundation of this world. She had been in ill health for a long time and a nurse has been constantly with her since Christmas. Mrs. Stephens was a valued citizen of Eagle Lake for thirty-eight years, and was 78 years of age on the fifth of last January. As a girl she was Nancy Josephine Brooks, and was born in Greenville. Tennessee. She grew to womanhood there and was married in that city in 1879 to Mr. Fox Stephens, who preceded her in death in March of 1918. Her husband was one of the leading business men of Eagle Lake one of the original members and incorporators of the Frank Stephens Company firm and was president of the First National Bank. Mrs. Stephens was a splendid, good woman, and esteemed highly by all of our people, and her neighbors and those who knew her best loved her dearest. She was generous and ever thoughtful of others, and many were her deeds of kindness and of charity towards others less fortunate, and in the passing of this good woman Eagle Lake has lost one of its best citizens, one whose memory will live long in the hearts of those who knew her. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Chambers, Mrs. Laura Hastings and Mrs. Fannie Garrett, and two brothers, Joseph Brooks and Michael Brooks, all of Missouri. The three sisters visited Mrs. Stephens here during the past winter, spending several weeks at the Stephens home. She was an Aunt of Messrs. Hayes Stephens and Clarence Stephens. Funeral services were held from the family home at 10:30 Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. B.S. Lee, the local Baptist Pastor. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery by the side of her late husband. Pallbearers were H W. Ahlers, Ben Ahlers, W.W. Little, T.P. Haley, James Jacobsen and Raymond Haig, all members of the Frank Stephens Company Firm.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 12, 1936
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Stephens, Will

Will Stephens, Colored Resident, Last Rites Here

Funeral services were held April 16 in St. Paul Methodist church for Will Stephens, 80, with Rev. LaValle Lowe officiating. [Interment was in Columbus City Cemetery]

He was married to Mattie Davis in 1895 and the couple had 5 children. Two have died.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mattie Harvey of Columbus; 2 sons, Percy of San Antonio and Will of Columbus, and 6 grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, April 26, 1956

Stevens, Clarence E.

C. E. Stevens, 57, Architect, Dies; Buried Here Monday

Funeral services for C. E. Stevens, 57, Galveston architect who had made Weimar his second home the past several years, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Monday afternoon, Feb. 14, with burial at the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Walter J. Cartwright, local Methodist pastor, officiated. Graveside services were conducted by members of the Weimar Masonic Lodge, with F. R. Carroll as Worshipful Master.

Mr. Stevens had been in bad health the past two years and five weeks ago became seriously ill with heart disease. He died Friday in the V. A. Hospital In Houston, shortly after being transferred there from Youens Hospital here.

Born August 2, 1897, in Frederickstown, Mo., son of John and Amanda Stevens, he was educated at Marvin College and Washington University, both in Missouri, and practiced architecture in St. Louis, Mo., from 1926 through 1937.

He married Miss Virginia Brown Nov. 7, 1937, and they moved to Galveston the following May. He operated his business office there the next 13 years.

They bought a farm in the Holman community in 1946 and had planned to make it their permanent home. During the past several years he had designed a number of homes and business buildings here, and had made numerous friends.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. C. E. Stevens of Holman; his mother, Mrs. A. B. Stevens of Denver, Colo.; and two sisters, Mrs. Ray Turnure and Mrs. Mel Couer, both of Denver, Colo.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Frank Smith, Ben Holt, Foxhall Parker, Henry Hnatek, E. Lauterstein and Robert Hyman.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1955, pages 1 and 10

Stevens,Cordelia Elizabeth (Johnson)


Mrs. Cordelia Elizabeth Stevens, 65, died Tuesday, November 21 at 11:50 a.m. at Diagnostic Hospital in Houston.

She was born in Gonzales on December 12, 1923 to the late Sherman G. Johnson and Alvin Mathis Johnson.

At an early age she confessed her faith in Christ and joined Heldon Chapel United Methodist Church in Gonzales.

She attended public schools in Gonzales and graduated with honors from Edward High School. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Huston Tillison in 1945. She received a Masters Degree in Education from Prairie View A&M University in 1979. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was an instructor for the Columbus Independent School District for over 26 years. She served as President of the Colorado County Teachers Association, a member of Retired Teacher Association, Chairperson of the St. Paul United Methodist Church Worship Committe, member of the Prayer Band, Communion Board and a number of other committees and auxiliaries.

Cordelia was united in Holy Matrimony to Joseph Felix Steven on November 5, 1947. To this union five children were born.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, four sons, Gregory Lowell Stevens of Austin, Kenneth Wayne Stevens of Houston, Donald Ray Stevens of Dallas and Harold Arthur Stevens of La Marque; one daughter, Joan Denise Johnson of Houston; four grandsons, one granddaughter, two daughters in law, one son in law.

She is survived by four brothers, Sherman Johnson Jr., James Johnson, Wilfred Johnson and Sherman W. Johnson; two sisters, Eliza Haynes and Georgia Shaw and a host of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ivory Collins, Willie Fitzgerald, Jr., Leon Francisco, Roger Olier, Gene Penn, Rodges Thymes.

Burial was at Willing Workers Cemetery and arrangements were under Ben Davis Funeral Home of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1989, page 2

Stevens, Rosie Lee (Reedus)

Rosie Lee (Reedus) Stevens

Rosie Lee (Reedus) Stevens was born to Arch Reedus and Adeline Matthews on October 18, 1934 in Eagle Lake.

She grew up and lived in Eagle Lake where she attended E.H. Henry Public School.

Rosie was converted at an early age and was baptized and united with Union Baptist Church II under the pastorate of Rev. N. Boulden. Rev. Coby Shorter, Jr., served as her pastor of the former Union Baptist Church II, which is now Providence Baptist Church where Rosie served under his leadership as an Usher and a faithful member until her demise.

Rosie, being a proud parent of three sons whom she loved dearly, loved life! Her passion was lending a helping hand to those in need. You could always find her baking cakes or preparing food for people who dropped by. Rosie loved people, but most of all she loved her family. She touched many lives and hearts and will be truly missed.

On January 10, Rosie Lee Stevens entered into eternal rest.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Reedus; and one sister, Trula Reedus.

She leaves to cherish her memories three sons, Leonard Reedus (Verdis) of Richmond, Oswald Reedus (Liz) of Richmond, and Oliver Matthews of Houston; two grandsons, Duane Reedus (Tiffany) of Missouri City and Oliver Shorter (Christina) of Eagle Lake; four granddaughters, Felicima D. Reedus of Houston, Malinda K. Wooten (Emmitt) of Victoria, Taisha McTear of Houston and Samantha Matthews of Oklahoma; a special cousin, Henry Morgan of Eagle Lake; one brother, Mr. Johnny Grace; and a host of family, friends, and loved ones.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 17 at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church with Rev. Coby Shorter, Jr., officiating. Resting place was held at Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews. Another life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were James Reedus, Ronnie Reedus, Archie Reedus, Stanley Reedus, Cyrus Edison and Michael Reedus.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Reedus, George Morgan, Emmitt Wooten, Oliver Shorter, Rodney Aiken and Henry Morgan.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 22, 2009

Stevens, Sally

Sally Stevens

Sally Stevens of Fifty Six Ark and formerly of Eagle Lake passed away January 17 at the Hospice House of the Ozarka in Mountain Home Ark.

She was born May 25, 1935 to George and Flossie (Arnold) Stevens.

She lived in the Eagle Lake area for 50 years. Sally worked as a waitress in her early years. Later at Rice Package Store. She was of Baptist faith.

Survivors include her brother, Douglas Stevens; sister, Norma Stevens of Fifty Six Ark; aunt, Roma Stevens of Conway, Ark; cousins, Joann of Conway, Ark., and Bob Stevens of Clinton, Ark., and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, January 21 at Roller Coffman Funeral Home. Burial was in Spoonflat Cemetery at Fifty Six Ark.

The family would like to thank the people of Eagle Lake for the beautiful flowers.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 7th, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Stevenson, Beulah


The relatives of the late Mrs. Beulah Stevenson wish to express their sincere thanks to everyone who helped in any way during the illness and after the passing of their loved one.  Special thanks to those who gave cards, flowers, food and finance during the sad hours.  May God bless each of you is our sincere prayer.  The Stevenson, Ward, Noble, and Wilson families. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, April 22, 1976, page 2
Transcribd by Dorothy Albrecht

Stevenson, Sam


Relatives here received word the first of the week of the death of Sam Stevenson, a colored citizen of this place in years gone by, whose death occurred in Fort Worth. We are informed that Stevenson as a boy was a bootblack in the Carey barber shop, this place, where he was employed for a long time. He is related to Spencer Batey and Tom Webb of this place. The body was brought here for interment [place unknown] Wednesday.

Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1927, page 5

Stevenson, Walter


Walter Stevenson, one of the most highly respected and substantial negro farmers of this section, died at his home near Osage last Thursday afternoon, following an illness of several weeks of some dropsical trouble, and the remains were buried at Pleasant Hill cemetery, near Borden, the following Saturday, a large crowd being present to witness the ceremonies. Walter was honest, frugal, and a hard worker, possessed the friendship and esteem of the white people as well as the blacks, and left his family well provided for. We knew him for many years, liked him, and in his death his family has our sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury December 14, 1917

Stevenson, Walter Jr.


Walter Stevenson, young colored farmer of this section, who while at work in the El Campo section recently sustained a broken neck in an accident and who was brought to his home in the Osage section, died Saturday, Dec. 19 and was buried the following day. From the first it was not thought there was any chance of his recovery, still all hoped he would pull through.
Walter was an industrious, quiet, good citizen, and his death at such an early age and under such tragic circumstances, is deeply and sincerely regretted. [Place of interment unknown, possibly Pleasant Hill where his father is buried]

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1832, page 1
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