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Huland "Sonny" R Stephens Jr.

June 2, 1954March 28, 2021
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Huland Ray (Sonny) Stephens, Jr., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 28, 2021, after a tough battle with cancer, with his loving wife, BJ, and son, Slade, by his side.

Sonny was born June 2, 1954 in Fort Worth, TX to Huland Ray and Lou Ella Gromatzky Stephens. Sonny grew up in Haltom City, TX and graduated from Haltom High School where he loved to play football and served as a team captain for the Haltom Buffalos. Years later, his son Slade followed in his footsteps and also played for the Haltom Buffalos. Sonny played Little League baseball growing up and for many years, enjoyed coaching Slade as he grew up.

After graduating from high school, Sonny worked at Ralston Purina for several years. While working at Purina, he was studying to be a fireman, but was unable to complete the course due to work obligations. He came close to being a fireman but this was fulfilled by his son, Slade, who graduated from the Dallas Fire Academy in May 2013. Sonny was so proud of Slade and his accomplishments. Sonny then started his business in precious metals known as Stephens' Metals. He had routes all over Texas and New Mexico. He continued to work his business with BJ by his side up until two weeks before his death.

Sonny enjoyed fishing and life in the country with his wife BJ. He loved his dogs and was always willing to take in a stray to give them a home. Later in his life, Sonny paired his joy for cooking with BJ’s restaurant experience and they opened Hamburger Hill in Hamilton. He was well known for his fried catfish and most nights could be found socializing with customers. He will be missed by many that ate there.

Sonny was preceded in death by his loving parents, Lou Ella and Huland Stephens of Pottsville.

Sonny is survived by his wife, BJ and son, Slade and wife Kim, two step children, Mandy Hodges of Hamilton and Justin Hodges of Austin, four grandchildren Ambrie Martinez, Charley, Tristen and Landry Stephens. Also, three sisters and their husbands, Melanie and Don Gilley, Stephanie and Terrell Cruse and Kimberly and Tey Miller. He was loved by many nieces and nephews. Those that were close to him have many memories of Sonny as the "fun" uncle who took them on rides in the pasture at night with a spotlight and fishing on the creek. A special "thank you" to Lewis Castaneda who was always there for BJ and Sonny for many years.

  • FAMILY

  • Huland Ray Stephens Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Lou Ella Stephens, Mother (deceased)
  • BJ Stephens, Wife
  • Slade Stephens, Son
  • Kim Stephens, Daughter-in-law
  • Mandy Hodges, Step-Daughter
  • Justin Hodges, Step-Son
  • Lewis Castaneda, Step-Son
  • Ambrie Martinez, Grandchild
  • Charley Stephens, Grandchild
  • Tristen Stephens, Grandchild
  • Landry Stephens, Grandchild
  • Melanie Gilley (Don), Sister
  • Stephanie Cruse (Terrell), Sister
  • Kimberly Miller (Tey), Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Slade Stephens, Active
  • Lewis Castaneda, Active
  • Mark Nolan, Active
  • Sam Gibbins, Active
  • Stephen Gilley, Active
  • Matt Gilley, Active
  • T.J. Culberson, Active
  • Jeremy Cox, Active
  • Steve Young, Honorary
  • Jamie Blackwell, Honorary

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, April 2, 2021

Memories

Huland "Sonny" R Stephens Jr.

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Penny Gromatzky

March 31, 2021

Sonny made the best Catfish ever!!!
It melted in your mouth..
He shared this so well with family and friends!!!
Thank you Sonny!!
RIP

We love you!❤️🎏
Penny and Charles Gromatzky

Jerry Graham

March 30, 2021

Sorry to hear that Sonny has left us. Always looked forward to seeing him stopping by the store, had a lot of laughs together. He will be deeply missed .

Kay Kay Zimmerman

March 30, 2021

You will be sorely missed.
Good job, sir good job.
Godspeed, Sonny

Lana Chapman

March 30, 2021

He always made you feel so welcome him and BJ both. He will certainly be missed.

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