He was born Oct. 13, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, son of Clifford and Josephine Blankenship Stephens. He and Myrtle Pedigo were married Jan. 1, 1994, in East Cape Girardeau, Ill.
Stephens was an automotive technician 42 years and retired from Newell's Automotive. After retirement, he worked part time at Sam's Club.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Jeff Stephens of Cape Girardeau, Kevin (Michelle) Stephens of Creal Springs, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Angel (David) Doria of Scott City; a brother, Terry Stephens; five sisters, Earline Cooper of Bertrand, Mo., Shirley Reeves of Creve Coeur, Mo., Lori Merille and Pat Laidley of St. Louis, Denise Green of Chicago; four grandchildren, Hailey and Cameron Stephens, and Vincent and Moriah Doria.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bobby Stephens; and a sister, Sharon Jane Stephens.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Shawn Wasson officiating. Burial will be in Lightner Cemetery at Scott City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for funeral expenses.