Denver Franklin Stephens, Jr., age 78, of Stuart, Florida was called home to be with the Lord on April 17, 2015 after a lingering illness.
He was born in Wilkerson, WV on August 12, 1936 one of six children born to the late Denver Franklin Stephens, Sr. and June (McGuire) Stephens. He was primarily raised in Logan, WV and graduated from Logan High School. He retired from Ravenswood Aluminum as a crane operator and member of the local Steelworkers Union. He was a dedicated Christian, proud to have faithfully served the Lord at Fairplain Union Church in Fairplain, WV, Ripley Tabernacle in Ripley, WV, and most recently at the Community Baptist Church in Stuart, FL. He volunteered his time and energy to The Love and Hope in Action (LAHIA) a non-profit charity in Stuart, FL and was most proud to have been a long time supporter of the Friends of Fort Liberte, a non-profit charity providing support to the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fort Liberte, Haiti. In his free time he was an avid fisherman.
He was preceded in death by two loving wives the former Christine Jones and then, the former Patricia Good, his parents, brothers Robert and Paul and sisters Ethel Fogg and Avenell McCoy.
Survivors include a sister Anyice Gardner of Waldorf, MD, children Janice Hamon and husband John of Given, WV, Douglas Stephens and wife Erin of South Charleston, WV, Shelly Ball and husband Steve, of Kenna, WV and Dublin, VA, Steven Good and wife Karen of Portsmouth, OH, Jerry Stephens and wife Catherine of Harker Heights, TX, Greg Stephens of West Palm Beach, FL and Lauren Riedl and husband Stephen of Scott Depot, WV. Denver loved children and was blessed to have 12 grandchildren Eric, Kristen, Adam, Shannon, Noah, Kaitlin, Mason, Carter, Landre, Nathan, Nicole and Kelli as well as two great-grandchildren Aurea and Soren.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Waybright Funeral Home in Ripley, WV. Funeral services will be held at Waybright Funeral Home on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Minister John Nelson from Stuart, FL with burial in the Emma Chapel Cemetery in Liberty, WV.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in honor of Denver Stephens to the Friends of Fort Liberte, PO Box 905, Elkins, WV 26241.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com