Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gralie Joe Stephens, 80, of Webb City, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, in Freeman West Hospital, Joplin.

He was born May 3, 1929, in Washburn, the son of Dan and Margaret (Pendergraft) Stephens. On April 9, 1960, in Miami, Okla., he was united in marriage to Joyce Darlene Antle, who survives.

Additional survivors include: two sons, Jim Stephens, of Adrian, and Danny Stephens and his wife, Angie, of Freeman; two daughters, Nancy Boyd, and her husband, Stan, of Cassville, and Joyce Burke and her husband, David, of Raymore; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Elmer, John, Leon, Ivan, Onza and Vernon Stephens; three sisters, Vesta Weathers, Emily Privett, Avo Shannon and Thelma Anderson; and one grandson.

He received his education at Washburn. Around 1960, he moved to Drexel, where he was a self-employed logger and saw miller. Fourteen years ago, he retired to Webb City to make his home. He was a member of Central Christian Center, Joplin.

Funeral services were held Saturday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastor Hank Deslatte and Pastor Doug Wilkerson conducted the services. Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.

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