Lydia Margaret Stephens

July 27, 1927March 4, 2018
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Lydia Margaret Stephens passed away peacefully on March 4 at the age of 90, surrounded by friends and loved ones at Community Hospice in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born on July 27, 1927 to Allen W. Justice and Belle Thomas Justice in Trion, Georgia. She realized early on that her life-long dream was to become a school teacher.

She graduated from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, then later if life received her Master’s Degree at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She married James Harvey Stephens on May 29, 1948. She was a teacher for 35 years in the Trion and Pennville school systems. She also enjoyed doll collecting and traveling as her hobbies.

She is survived by a son and his wife, James R. Stephens and Georgina Stephens of Virginia Beach, Virginia and a daughter, Denise L. Parker of Jacksonville, Florida. She has three grandchildren, Tanya Bense, James Webber and Giovanni Webber, one great-grandchild, Jacob Bense, also several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband and parents, her sisters Barbara Elliott, Dorothy Phitzer and brother John Allen Justice.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Chapel, 729 S. Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32205.

HARDAGE-GIDDENS, EDGEWOOD CHAPEL, 729 S. Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205, is serving the family.


  • James R. Stephens (Georgina), Son
  • Denise L. Parker, Daughter
  • Tanya Bense, Granddaughter
  • James Webber, Grandson
  • Giovanni Webber, Grandson
  • Jacob Bense, Great Grandson
  • James Harvey Stephens, Husband
  • Allen W. and Belle Thomas Justice, Parents


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lydia Margaret Stephens

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Lee Lucente

March 19, 2018

We love Lydia at Grace Church of Avondale. She was a vital part of our Sunday School class. Her smile was contagious, and she gave words of wisdom that could only come from walking with her best friend Jesus. After being in her presence I always felt Loved.

We believe that she is now in the loving arms of Jesus and we rejoice with her that she got to go home. Precious in the sight of the Lord are the saints he has called home.

Thank you Lydia for loving us. We love you and look forward to reuniting with you in heaven. . . Soon.

John Dennis

March 11, 2018

Beautiful woman. Beautiful penmanship. Dedicated educator. I remember the VW Beetle she used to drive. On several cold mornings, the biggest boys in her classs would load up and ride to house to push it off. I was proud I could push better than I could write in cursive. Different day.

Sherry Compton Hibbs

March 9, 2018

Mrs. Stephens was such an integral part of my 4th Grade year. She was tough, but had a heart of pure gold. I will always associate her with so many of my memories of school at Trion. My prayers go out to her family and friends. RIP Mrs. Stephens! Thank you for all you did for me and so many other students!

Dawn Anderson

March 8, 2018

Mrs. Stephens was also my 4th grade teacher at Trion. She was one of the best that taught there. The think I think she was and always will be remembered for is her 3 cornered ruler. Mrs. Stephens was true to her profession she wanted children to learn, and not be left behind. I always thought she sparkled because of her red hair the way she wore her make up, and her jewelry. Very stylish she was. I love and will miss u very much Mrs. Stephens. May u Rest In Peace!!! My Condolences to the family....

Bradley "Brad" Hayes

March 7, 2018

Mrs. Stephens was my 4th grade Reading teacher at Trion Elementary School. My love for reading will always be one of my fondest memories in 4th grade. She encouraged me to read, and I never wanted to disappoint Mrs. Stephens. She taught for 35 years in Trion, and touched the lives of so many that grew to love her personality. I loved Mrs. Stephens, and I know she loved me!

Larry Bowers

March 6, 2018

Mrs. Stephens was a wonderful and caring person. She was one of the last of great Trion grammar school teachers. My deepest sympathy to all her family.

Roy and Toni Clark

March 6, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers for the family of our wonderful 4th grade teacher.