Stephens, Edgar

Written by David Green.

Edgar J. Stephens, 74, of Burley St., Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 17, 2006.

He was born Sept. 14, 1931 in Inola, Okla., the son of Benjamin and Susie (Nichols) Stephens. He married Lillian Leota Gordon on Jan. 3, 1951 in Arkansas and she preceded him in death March 3, 1998.

E.J. lived in the Morenci area since 1954. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War and was a proud veteran. He was employed at Stubnitz & Green in Adrian for 29 years, until they closed. He then sold golf course equipment, worked as an exterminator and was an avid woodworker.

E.J. is survived by two daughters, Tonya (and Gary) Porterfield of Indianapolis, Ind., and Connie (and Larry) Stover of Morenci; a son, Chris (and Jackie) Stephens of Jackson, Mich.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Bessie Piguet of Claremore, Okla. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were Jan. 20 at Morenci Bible Fellowship Church with Rev. James Yatzek officiating. Burial was in the Center Dover Cemetery east of Clayton. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci handled the arrangements.

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