Paul Dean Stephens

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Paul Dean Stephens, also known as Paul Bunyan, 75, of Pierce City, passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. He was born on Dec. 14, 1942, son of Ivan and Thelma “Babe” (Nodine) Stephens, in Washburn. He was a 1960 graduate of Washburn High School. On Sept. 26, 1964, he was united in marriage to Joan Witt; she preceded him in death.

Survivors include: his son David Stephens, of Pierce City; his daughter, Toni Gower and her husband Randy, of Okemaha, Okla.; four grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Joe Stephens and his wife Carlene, and Bill Stephens, all of Cassville, and Jackie Stephens and Ronnie Stephens, both of Washburn; and one sister, Coleen Bowman, of Exeter.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son and an infant daughter; one grandson; one brother, Carl Gene; and one sister, Winnie Searl.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, at the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, with Pastor Ronnie Howerton and Pastor Roger Beach officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Monett. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville.