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Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - LaGrange

1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA

OBITUARY

Gary Lee Stephens

July 30, 1938August 6, 2019

Mr. Gary Lee Stephens, age 81, of LaGrange, Georgia, passed away at the Florence Hand Home on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Mr. Stephens was born on July 30, 1938, in Walker County, Alabama, to the late Onest & Sue (Bonner) Stephens.

Mr. Stephens graduated from Florence State College, Florence, Alabama, where he met his wife of 58 years, Jane Elkins Stephens. He served his country in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps from 1960-1963. Mr. Stephens was employed by Chemstrand and Monsanto Company in Decatur, Alabama, for a combined total of 14 years. He received a patent for his work in 1967 for Flocked Astroturf.

Mr. Stephens and his family moved to LaGrange, Georgia, in 1977 to work for Milliken & Company where he retired after 25 years as a Technical Director for MilliCare Environmental Services. He served as a board member and past President of Heart of West GA. Mr. Stephens was a former member of Highland Country Club where he was an avid golfer and made two holes in one! He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was in the Builder’s Sunday School Class and one of the Head Ushers.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Elkins Stephens, daughter Lori Stephens Taylor (Tim), grandchildren Landon (20) and Reagan (16) Taylor of Mobile, Alabama. He has one sister, Bonnie Stephens Johnson (David), of Jasper, Alabama, two nephews, one niece, two great nephews and three great nieces. He is also survived by sister-in-law & brother-in-law Sarah & Harold Martin of Mt. Hope, Alabama, and sister-in-law, Vona Elkins of Moulton, Alabama.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 am in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church with a service following in the sanctuary at 11 am on Friday, August 9, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, LaGrange, GA 30240 or Heart of West GA, 158 Wisteria Ridge Terrace, LaGrange, GA 30240.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636. www.shlagrange.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jane Stephens, Wife
  • Lori Stephens & Tim Taylor, Daughter
  • Landon Scott Taylor, Grandson
  • Reagan Michelle Taylor, Granddaughter
  • Bonnie Stephens & David Johnson, Sister
  • Sarah & Harold Martin, Sister-in-law
  • Vona Elkins, Sister-in-law

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, August 9, 2019

Memories

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Brandy George

August 8, 2019

Jane, Lori, Landon, and Reagan,
I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Gary was an amazing, loving man who meant the world to me. I am also sorry that I can't be there for the visitation and funeral. My coworker is out on medical leave so I am covering 4 doctors. I wish I could be there to hug your neck and catch up on how life is going. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I love you all.

Norma Welch

August 8, 2019

Jane, Lori and family, we are so sorry that we are on vacation with the family and won’t be able to attend the visitation and service for Gary. It is just beyond our comprehension to miss being there for a family we love and cherish so many, many special memories of time together during the years.
Gary truly fought a noble fight through major health issues and was extremely fortunate to have the support he received from all of you.
We will definitely make a donation in his memory anywhere of your choosing. With you in heart, soul, spirit and prayer. Norma & Sydney

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Mr. Gary Lee Stephens, age 81, of LaGrange, Georgia, passed away at the Florence Hand Home on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Mr. Stephens was born on July 30, 1938, in Walker County, Alabama, to the late Onest & Sue (Bonner) Stephens.

Mr. Stephens graduated from Florence State College, Florence, Alabama, where he met his wife of 58 years, Jane Elkins Stephens.

He served his country in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps from 1960-1963. Mr. Stephens was employed by Chemstrand and Monsanto Company in Decatur, Alabama, for a combined total of 14 years. He received a patent for his work in 1967 for Flocked Astroturf.

Mr. Stephens and his family moved to LaGrange, Georgia, in 1977 to work for Milliken & Company where he retired after 25 years as a Technical Director for MilliCare Environmental Services. He served as a board member and past President of Heart of West GA. Mr. Stephens was a former member of Highland Country Club where he was an avid golfer and made two holes in one! He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was in the Builder’s Sunday School Class and one of the Head Ushers.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Elkins Stephens, daughter Lori Stephens Taylor (Tim), grandchildren Landon (20) and Reagan (16) Taylor of Mobile, Alabama. He has one sister, Bonnie Stephens Johnson (David), of Jasper, Alabama, two nephews, one niece, two great nephews and three great nieces. He is also survived by sister-in-law & brother-in-law Sarah & Harold Martin of Mt. Hope, Alabama, and sister-in-law, Vona Elkins of Moulton, Alabama.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 am in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church with a service following in the sanctuary at 11 am on Friday, August 9, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, LaGrange, GA 30240 or Heart of West GA, 158 Wisteria Ridge Terrace, LaGrange, GA 30240.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636. www.shlagrange.com.