Raymond C. Stephens

Thursday, September 20, 2001

SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Raymond C. Stephens, 95, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at the Ratcliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born June 8, 1906, at LaPorte City, Iowa, son of Alfred M. and Rose Broad Stephens. On May 27, 1938, in Miltonvale, Kan., he married Vera Frances Cox.

He received his associate degree in Bible and religion at Miltonvale Wesleyan College. Raymond pastored the Memorial Wesleyan Church in Scott City for 12 years. He also pastored churches in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri for 44 years. He ministered until the age of 90.

He was a member of the Ministerial Association and the Tri-State District of Wesleyan Churches.

Survivors include two sons, Winston Stephens of Indianapolis, Ind., and Paul Stephens of Olathe, Kan.; a daughter, Leita Lillibridge of Scott City; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Feb. 27, 1987, a son, John Stephens on April 17, 2001; two brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Wesleyan Church in Scott City.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Wesleyan Church, with the Rev. Max Colaw officiating. Burial will be in Lightner Memorial Cemetery in Scott City.