Thomas Brooks Stephens, Sr. – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Thomas Brooks Stephens Sr, 78, died Wednesday morning at ECM hospital after a brief illness.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday at Woodlawn Church of Christ, where he was a member. Ministers will be Matt Heupel, Woodlawn minister, and Tim Spivey, minister at East Colbert Church of Christ. The casket will be placed in the church at 10:00 a.m., day of the funeral. Visitation was last night at Greenview Memorial Chapel. Entombment will take place at Love Mausoleum at Greenview Memorial Park.

Active pallbearers are Tom Magazzu, Danny Noblitt, Jeff Hargrave, Jake Johnson, Carter Johnson, John Marks, Ricky Stephens and Brandon Shubert. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Queen, Ray Moody, Joe Darby, Clayton Marks, Frank Foster and Martin Rieschman.

Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his parents, Vuin and Lizzie Stephens; and the last of five brothers; in-laws, Ed and Edna Golightly; nephew, Eddie Marks; and his only grandson, Thomas Brooks Stephens III.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Anne Golightly Stephens, whom he married 58 years ago. He was 19 and she was 15. They were blessed with two devoted children, son, Thomas Brooks Stephens Jr (Lisa), Lexington; and daughter, Pamela Brooks Smith (Robert A.), Huntsville; six beautiful granddaughters that he adored, Stephanie Brook Healy (Jason), Huntsville, Sarah Beth Shubert (Brandon), Birmingham, Catherine Louise Renfroe, Huntsville, Emily Katherine Stephens (Chris Holt), Anderson, Anna Jo Roberson (Ryan), Rogersville, Callie Elisabeth Sinyard (Zack), Birmingham; four great-grandsons, Jacob Brooks Johnson, Carter Lee Johnson, Spencer William Healy, all from Huntsville, Jackson Ryan Roberson, Rogersville; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Rose Shubert, Birmingham; a special little white Maltese, Ellie May, that he kept with him all the time; many nieces, nephews, cousins, business associates and close friends. His special friends from his graduation class of Loretta High School, 1952, which he still ate lunch with every month.

Before retiring, he was in newspaper advertising in Texas and at the TimesDaily in Florence. The last 20 years, he made his hobby buying and selling used vehicles.

The family would like to give special thanks to doctors Brian Cole, Felix Morris, David Brown, Subir Paul and the ECM Emergency Department, ECM Security, Florence Fire and Rescue, Lauderdale EMS and a special thanks to Kay Foster for her amazing help. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or a favorite charity .


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