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Billy James "Bill" Stephenson, 88, passed away Feb. 1, 2018, in Edmond, Okla. He was born Oct. 20, 1929 in Headrick, Okla. to Floyd Earnest Stephenson and Capitola Eugene (Jones) Stephenson.
Bill graduated from Headrick High School and the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Bill was a Korean War veteran serving in the US Air Force. While stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, he married Dolores Claudia Granstaff. They have two children, Michael "Mike" and Jamie. Bill was employed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and later the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After nearly 30 years of federal service, Bill retired and started his second career as a certified residential real estate appraiser. After 23 years, Bill retired for the second time.
When Bill was eleven, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Throughout his life, Bill lived out his commitment to Jesus and acted as a role model for his family and friends. He was faithful to the churches he belonged to and served in numerous capacities. Bill was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Edmond and served as president in the year 1999-2000. He was a talented pianist and loved OU football.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Pauline Seay, Earnestine Dare, Floyda Helton, Larry Stephenson, and Ruth Howell.
He is survived by his wife Dolores of 64 years; children Mike and Vonne Stephenson and their children Katie, Drew, Laura and Joey and Jamie and Jack Wolff and their children Adam, Josh, Jackelyn and Jennifer; and great-grandson Manny Stephenson.
Viewing will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Edmond with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery.
Published on February 2, 2018
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