Shelby  County  Indiana

Stephens / Stevens

The  Greene  County  Daily  World
Greene County, Indiana
Monday, July 27, 2015
          Wilma Faye Stephens,  87, of Linton, Indiana, went to Heaven peacefully surrounded by her family in her home on Sunday, July 26, 2015.  She was born on December 11, 1927 in Linton to  Earl and  Lula (Miller) Hoops.  Wilma married  Elsworth L. 'Bill' Stephens  on April 29, 1944.  Wilma was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Church.  She was a homemaker devoted to taking care of her home and family.
          Survivors include two sons:  Glenn (Donna) Stephens  of Florida and  Doug Stephens  of Linton; five daughters:  Connie (Carl) Hall,  Linda Franklin,  Nancy (Don) Hall,  Terry (Paul) Lux  and  Jerri (Jim) Phipps,  all of Linton; 19 grandchildren; several great and great-great-grandchildren and one brother,  Gilbert Hoops  of Laporte.  Wilma was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband,  Bill Stephens;  one infant daughter,  Carol;  two brothers and three sisters.
          Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton with Rev. Vernon Raines officiating.  Wilma will be laid to rest in the Olive Branch Cemetery in Linton.  Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at 1 p.m. on Thursday.  The family has entrusted all arrangements to  James W. Meng, Jr.  and the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming and  Betty Kitchen

The  Herald-Times
Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana
Saturday, May 3, 2003
Elsworth Leroy Or Bill Stephens, 85
of Linton
May 15, 1917 - May 1, 2003
          LINTON -- Elsworth Leroy "Bill" Stephens,  85, of Linton, died Thursday at Greene County General Hospital in Linton.  He was a carpenter for Rice's Building Supply, where he retired in 1982 after 30 years service.
          Survivors include his wife,  Wilma Faye Stephens;  two sons,  Glenn Leroy Stephens  and  Douglas Elsworth Stephens,  both of Linton; and five daughters,  Connie Hall,  Linda Franklin,  Nancy Hall,  Terry Lux  and  Jerri Phipps,  all of Linton.
          Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton.  Burial will be at Olive Branch Cemetery.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until services Monday at the funeral home.
[Betty's note:  Below is a more complete obituary but the newspaper was not listed.]

by Susan Haldeman
May 2003
          Elsworth Leroy "Bill" Stephens,  85, of Linton, passed away at 1:50 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2003 at Greene County General Hospital in Linton.  Born May 15, 1917 in Robinson, he was the son of Clark Byrl and Viola Gertrude (Huffer) Stephen.  He was a carpenter for Rice's Building Supply with 30 years of service retiring in 1982.  He was a member of Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church of God in Linton.
          Survivors include his wife,  Wilma Faye (Hoops) Stephens  of Linton; two sons and daughters-in-law,  Glenn Leroy and  Donna Stephens  of Linton and  Douglas Elsworth and  Shelia Stephens  of Linton; five daughters and sons-in-law,  Connie and Carl Hall,  Linda and Charles Franklin,  Nancy and Donald Hall,  Terry and Paul Lux, and  Jerri and Jim Phipps  all of Linton; 19 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one daughter; four brothers; three sisters; three great grand and one great great grandchild; and her parents.
          Funeral service will be at Anderson-Poindexter Linton Memory Chapel at 1:30 p.m. on Monday with the Rev. Vernon Raines officiating.  Burial will follow at Olive Branch Cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming and  Betty Kitchen

The  Shelbyville  News
July 4, 1988
George Elvin Stevens,  84, 221 W. Locust St., Shelbyville, died Monday near Edinburgh.
Born September 28, 1903 in Ripley County, to  Earlie Elrod Stevens and  Cora Mae (Warner) Stevens.
Married  Edna Mae Weaver  January 22, 1925;  she died March, 1986.
Lived in Shelby County most of his life.
Member of the West Street United Methodist Church.
Survivors:  sons,  Harold Stevens,  Ralph Stevens,  Shelbyville;  daughters,  Mrs. Juanita Crisman, Manilla,  Mrs. Joann Shoup, Franklin,  Mrs. Lucille Herndon, Beech Grove;  16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributions:  American Heart Association.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, February 17, 1988
Julia A. Stephens, 84, 9 Miller Street, died today.
Born December 22, 1903 in Shelby County, d/o Cyrus A. and Alice M. (Kemple) Headlee.
Husband, Lyle Stephens, survives.
Member of the First Church of Nazarene; employed at KCL Corporation for 47 years.
Survivors:  daughter, Betty Jane Tilley, Shelbyville;  2 stepchildren, Donald Stephens, Shelbyville and  Mary Lois DePaul, Cape Coral, Florida, 4 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 9 step-great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; 1 step-great great grandchild; 2 sisters, Opal Hurst Lawrence  and  L. Jessie Banker, Shelbyville.
Son and 11 brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Burial Blue Ridge Cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Darlene Headlee Collins
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Citizen
Linton, Greene County, Indiana
Monday, 17 Dec 1962
          Carol Jane Stephens,  daughter of  Elsworth L. and  Wilma Faye Hoops Stephens  of Linton, died at 5:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, five hours after she was born, at the Freeman-Greene County Hospital.
          She is survived by the parents; three brothers,  Glen Leroy,  Douglas E., and  Terry A.,  and three sisters,  Connie Faye,  Linda Lou and  Nancy Jean Stephens,  all at home; the grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hoops  of LaPorte and the great-grandmother,  Mrs. Ada Miller  of Linton.
          Graveside services directed by the Welch and Cornett Funeral home were held Saturday afternoon at the Olive Branch cemetery, with Rev. Harold Carter officiating.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming and  Betty Kitchen

The  Shelbyville  News
April 16, 1959
DEATH  CLAIMS         
          FRED  STEPHAN
Rites Saturday for
Retired Store Owner
          Fred D. Stephan, 82, the last of three Shelbyville brothers who operated the Stephan Shoe Store on East Washington St. for many years, died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday following an extended illness. His home was at 49 W. Broadway.
          Mr. Stephan was born in this city February 16, 1877. His parents were  Frederick and Magdalena Stephan and his father founded the shoe store here in 1853. Mr. Stephan joined his father and his two brothers, the late  John and  Will Stephan, in the shoe firm in 1891, and later the establishment was operated for many years as the Stephan Brothers Shoe Store. Mr. Stephan later operated the business alone until sale of the firm to the Hub Shoe stores, Inc., and his retirement in 1955.
          He was married to  Ella Hoover  on January 30, 1904, and she survives with a daughter, Mrs. Clifford T. Earl of Indianapolis. Also surviving are three grandchildren. A sister and the two brothers preceded in death.
          Mr. Stephan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was a life member of both the local B.P.O.E. and Knights of Pythias Lodges.
          Funeral services will be held at the Ewing Mortuary Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
          The Stephan Shoe Store will be closed Saturday between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
March 28, 1955
        DIES  AT  HOME
Services  Tuesday  For
Former  Trustee,  88
          Frank B. Stephens, 88, former Hendricks township trustee, died at his home, 338 W. Locust St., Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
          Born in Shelby county August 3, 1866, he was the foster son of  Martin and  Leah (Parrish) Stephens.  On May 22, 1890, he was united in marriage with  Rinda Swinford  and she survives.
          Also surviving are five daughters,  Mrs. Ruloff Tucker of Bengal,  Mrs. Paul Moore of Geneva;  Mrs. Carl Riser  and  Mrs. Elmer Cord,  both of R. R. 3, and  Mrs. Amos McClure of Milroy R. R. 1; 20 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 32 great-grandchildren; on great-great-grandchild; a half-brother,  Chalmers Cochran of Lewis Creek, and two nephews.
          Mr. Stephens had been engaged in farming for several years prior to moving to this city 35 years ago.  Since that 
time he had been working as a contractor and carpenter.   He served as Hendricks trustee from 1905 to 1909.  He was a member of the Fenns Christian Church and 50-year member of the Knights of Pythias.
          Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Ewing Mortuary with Rev. John Faust officiating.  Burial will be in Patterson cemetery near Lewis Creek.  Friends may call at the mortuary.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, November 10, 1950
          Wallace H. Stevens,  44 years old brother of  William Stevens  of this city, died at him home at 826 Cleveland St., in Columbus Friday at 10:20 a.m. following a six-month illness.
          MR.  STEVENS  was born in February, 1906, the son of  Charles and  Liddie (Rash) Stevens  of Marion.  Surviving with the parents are his wife,  Mrs. Mabel Stevens,  a daughter,  Margaret,  at home, another brother,  Frank Stevens  of Marion and one sister,  Mrs. Alfred Feuerstine  of Freetown.
          Funeral services will be held on Monday at 3:00 p.m., at the Hathaway Funeral Home in Columbus.  Burial will be at Garland Brook cemetery.  Friends may call at any time at the mortuary.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
January 22, 1948
Keith DeWayne Stevens
Dies Soon After Birth
          Keith DeWayne Stevens, son of  Marion and Frances (Buck) Stevens, of VanBuren township, died shortly after birth at the Major hospital this morning.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the L. V. Hauk funeral home and burial will be made in the Concord cemetery.
          Surviving with the parents are a sister, Karen; the grandparents,  Mrs. Alta Lemmons, of near Morristown;  Earl Buck, Indianapolis, and  Mr. and Mrs. Ertle Stevens, of Anderson.  Also surviving are the great-grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. Warren Buck, of Indianapolis.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday August 17, 1942
          Mrs. Martha L. Stevens, age seventy-six, native of  Shelby county, died at her home at 422 Colescott street, Friday at 9:00 p.m. following a long illness.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.
          Mrs. Stevens was born in Shelby county on November 2, 1865, the daughter of Solomon and Lydia Reed Stewart.  She had spent her entire life in Shelby county and had resided in this city since 1917.
          She was married to Douglas Moore in 1886.  He died in 1907 and in 1921 she was married to Sherman Stevens who preceded her in death in 1931.  She is survived by a daughter,  Mrs. Olive Drake, of this city; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren; five sisters and one brother who are,  Mrs. Margaret Arnold, of Shelby county;  Mrs. Mary Mallory,  Mrs. Rachel Alexander  and  Mrs. Nellie Johnson, all of Fairland,  Mrs. Dora Armstrong, of Indianapolis and  Riley Stewart, of Indianapolis.
Mrs. Stevens was a member of the Brandywine Methodist church.
          Funeral services will be held at the Ewing Mortuary today at 2:30 p.m. wit the Rev. A. J. Spaulding officiating. Burial will be made in the Brandywine cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary anytime.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Bob McKenzie

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday June 18, 1934
Page 3 column 2
Funeral Rites Were Held This Afternoon
for Mrs. Sarah Stephens
          Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:00 o’clock for Mrs. Sarah Ann Stephens, 78, who died Saturday morning at 8:30 o’clock at the home of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stephens, in Needham township, Johnson county,.  The services were held at the son’s home with the Rev. A. L. Emmert, of Bedford, former pastor of the Nazarene church of Shelbyville, officiating.  Burial was conducted on the family lot in the Miller cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.
           Mrs. Stephens was born in Tennessee, May 18, 1856, the daughter of  Jackson  and  Amelia Walker Mauls  and on February 4, 1873, she was married to  John Stephens, who died 23 years ago.
           Nine of the twelve children born to this union survive and they are  Mrs. C. P. Poston and  Ulysses Stephens, both of Hendricks township, Shelby county;  Elmer  and  Ethard Stephens, both of Marion township, Shelby county;  E. C. Stephens, of Cincinnati, Ohio;  Miss Ethel Stephens, of Somerset, Kentucky;  Mr. F. C. Pennington, of Kentucky;  Elza Stephens, of Needham township Johnson county and  Ed Stephens, at whose home she died.
          Other survivors are one half-sister,  Mrs. Lucy Jane Stephens, of Russell county, Kentucky; 30 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; three nieces and three nephews. Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Separate Baptist church, of Concord, Kentucky.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday February 22, 1929
Well Known Washington
Township Resident Succumbs
Ill One Year
          Cyrus Stephen, well known man, died at his home in Washington township Thursday night at eight o’clock. He had been in ill health for the past year with a complication of diseases.
          Mr. Stephen was born in Washington township April 21, 1850, and was the son of  Martin and  Mary Stephen.  He was seventy-seven years of age at the time of his death.  In September, 1873, he was united in marriage with  Miss Mary E. Miller, and one son and one daughter were born to them.  He was a member of the Christian church at Flat Rock and the Odd Fellows lodge at Lewis Creek.  The lodge will participate in the funeral services.  He had spent his entire life in Washington township with the exception of five years.
          Surviving are the widow, the daughter,  Mrs. Mae Chapman, of Indianapolis; one granddaughter,  Mrs. Ruth White, of Indianapolis, and one grandson,  Howard White, of Indianapolis.  A son,  Marcus Stephen, preceded him in death in 1907.
          Funeral services will be held at the Christian Union church in Flat Rock Saturday morning at ten o’clock following short services at the home at 9:15 o’clock.  Interment will be in the Roberts Chapel cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday July 28, 1924
Well Known Grain Dealer of County
Passed Away At Home in Fenns
          John Stephens, a well known grain operator of Shelby county, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, at his home in Fenns. Death followed two strokes of paralysis, one occurring on Friday and the second on Saturday afternoon. He was in failing health since April.
          For the past forty-two years Mr. Stephens was engaged in the grain business. For thirty-two years he was associated with the Kennedy Milling Company, the remaining ten years being engaged in business for himself.
          John Stephens was the son of  John and  Catherine Stephens and was born in Washington township on March 17, 1840, being eighty-four years old at the time of his death. His entire life was spent in Shelby county. For forty years, he resided at the home in which he died. He was married to  Miss Nancy Ann McKinney on September 3, 1865. To this union three children were born, two sons and one daughter,  Frank and  Nervada preceded him in death. He is survived by his widow, a son,  Edward, of Shelby county; two sisters, a brother and a half-brother,  Mrs. Jessie Fenn  and  Mrs. Wm. Hawkins,  Phillip Stephens  and  Robert Fox, of Howard county. His first wife died on September 27, 1902, and on December 8, 1908, he was married to  Miss Emma Ray, who now survives him. He is also survived by two grandsons,  Alonzo and  Leonard Cherry, of Shelby township, and four great grandchildren.
          Mr. Stephens had a reputation for efficiency and honesty in business. He was a respected and admired by all who knew him. He was a member of the Lewis Creek Baptist church.
          The funeral will be held from the late home at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. I. C. Overman of the First Baptist church will officiate at the services. Interment will take place in the family lot in the Parrish cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Saturday, June 14, 1924
          Cassius M. Stephens  was born in St. Paul, Ind., July 21, 1892, and departed this life, June 6, 1924, being at the time of death, thirty-one years old.  He was the eldest son of  Mr. and Mrs. George Stephens.  In August 1910, he was united in marriage with  Miss Louise Archibald.  The widow and a son,  Billy David, survive. He also leaves his mother,  Mrs. Ida Perkins, and one brother  Earl Stephens  in this city.  When quite young he united with the Christian church of this city.  During the World war, he enlisted in Co. F, 22nd Engineers, and served eighteen months in France, participating in four of the major engagements.  He had been employed as a meter expert with the Interstate Public Service Co., for the last year.  He loved his home dearly and his short married life was one of pleasure and happiness.  He was loved and admired y all who knew him and being possessed with a jovial disposition, scattered sunshine wherever he went.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 4, 1884
Page 3, column 5
          Mrs. Leah Stephens died November 27th, 1884, at her residence near St. John's Switch, aged sixty-seven years, six months and sixteen days.  The remains were interred in the family graveyard November 29th, 1884.
          The deceased was born in Madison county, Kentucky, May 11, 1817.  Her maiden name was Leah Parrish.  Her father, Edmund Parrish, moved from Kentucky to this county in 1823, and settled on Blue River, southwest of Shelbyville.  He afterwards entered a tract of land near St. John's Switch, where he lived until his death.  She, being the oldest of the family, was required to labor in and outdoors, which was the custom of the day.  From youth she was aspiring, possessing the powers of acquisition by economy and perseverance in early life, she became the owner of real estate.  She was twice married during life.  For several years past the organs of the viscera had been afflicted and though able physicians were procured, temporary relief only could be given.  Finally her disease became serious.  No definite conclusion was given as to the character of her disease which was probably cancer of the stomach.  To the day of her death she was patient in suffering, always extending her hand in friendship to her many friends.  On various occasions she referred to the fact that the end was near at hand, but at the same time expressing her willingness to accept what the Lord in his infinite wisdom would send upon her.  To her brother, to her daughter and to the one who held her dearer than all others, we would say in the language of Lowell:
"Tis hard at first to see it all aright,
In vain Faith blows her trump to summon back
Her scattered troop; yet through the clouded glass
Of our own bitter tears we learn to look,
Undazzled on the kindness of God's face,
Faith is too dark, and heaven alone shines through."
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Cincinnati  Commercial  Tribune
July 5, 1882
          JUDGE STEPHEN, Mayor of Shelbyville, Indiana, died at Indianapolis yesterday.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

The  Indiana  Democrat
November 5, 1831
Page 3
          DIED.--On the 1st. inst at Stevensburgh, Hamilton county,  Mrs. SARAH STEVENS,  wife of  Mr. Isaac Stevens, and daughter of  Dr. David Tracy of Shelby county, aged 26 years.  The deceased was formerly a resident of Indianapolis and by her amiable character and deportment had endeared herself to a large circle of friends, who with an affectionate husband and three small children deeply lament the call which has taken from them one so deserving, so young and so accomplished.
Contributed anonymously

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