Born 9-1-1932 -- Died 9-3-2007
Claude Leon Stephens was born Sept. 1, 1932, at Ravenden Springs, Ark., the son of Arthur and Emily Athey Stephens. He died peacefully Sept. 3, 2007, with family and friends at the North Arkansas Life Care Center in ?Horseshoe Bend, Ark., at the age of 75.
He gave his life to the Lord and was baptized at the Harvester Baptist Church in the 1960s.
He attended the Ash Flat Church of Christ in later years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.
He was employed by Boeing/McDonnell Douglas as a sheet metal riveter and retired after 38 years. He worked on the Gemini Space Capsule and received awards and citations for his excellent work performance. He also enjoyed working at the St. Charles Speedway. He was a former resident of the St. Charles, Mo., area and retired to Evening Shade, Ark. in 1989.
Claude was a caring father and grandfather and a helpful brother, uncle, friend and neighbor, being happiest when he was helping someone. He enjoyed working and teaching his sons how to cook, repair cars, maintain the house and lawn care. He took them camping on the weekends and vacation every year to almost all parts of the United States. He tried to be a father he did not have and to give his sons every opportunity for an education that he missed when he was growing up.
Survivors include: two sons, Jeff and wife, Sandy Stephens of Columbia, Mo., and Brad and wife, Mary Stephens of The Colony, Texas; one granddaughter, Kelsey Stephens of Columbia, Mo.; one grandson, Alexander Stephens of The Colony, Texas; a special cousin, Betty Whited and family of Evening Shade, Ark.; many nieces; nephews; cousins; friends; and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, George Wesley (Wes) Stephens and Joe Stephens.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 7 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Mo., with burial following in the Bellah Cemetery near Ravenden Springs, Ark. Arrangements were under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.