Joseph Robert "Jody" Stevens III

August 14, 1940September 26, 2020


Joseph Robert “Jody” Stevens III, 80, was born August 14, 1940 in Greenwood, MS and went to God on September 26, 2020. He was born to Joseph Robert Stevens II and Mary Ida Lee Stevens of North Carrollton, MS. As a young man he attended the University of Mississippi. In 2005, he returned to college and graduated from UALR with honors. He was a member of Sigma Chi and and the UALR Alumni Association.

Mr. Stevens opened his real estate office in 1974 and operated Stevens Realty for 44 years. In 1981, he moved into an office building on Foxcroft Road, managed it and then owned it for 30 years.

In 1981, he obtained his private pilot license and enjoyed flying to Mississippi in his small plane to see family and friends. He enjoyed athletic activities, basketball, softball, tennis, and golf, and loved working outdoors at his home. Mr. Stevens was a young member of North Carrollton UMC and in 1991 became a member of Winfield UMC in Little Rock for 22 years. At Winfield he taught Sunday School, a member of the Chancel Choir and worked with the Men’s Club projects. He was a true gentleman, and known for his kindness. He looked for the best in everyone and always believed in giving a person a second chance. Mr. Stevens was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sandra, a sister Betty Turnipseed (Alton) of Carrollton, MS., a brother William L. Stevens (Beverly) of Oxford, MS., and many adored nieces and nephews, He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

There will be no services in Little Rock. After cremation, a memorial gathering will be held at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton, MS. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, United Methodist Foundation, Evergreen Cemetery, or a favorite charity.

“High Flight” Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings. Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or ever eagle flew- and While with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

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Marlane McLain

October 17, 2020

Sandra, such fond memories of my time at the Square S Building. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jody was such a kind, caring person and will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.

Grace Anderson

October 5, 2020

I was a tenant of Jody's for at least 7 years and it was a pleasure to know him. Sad to learn of his passing but happy knowing he lived a full life. Thankful our paths crossed, sending love to all his closer friends and family.

Mike Graves

October 2, 2020

A good friend who helped me so much when we moved to Little Rock from Memphis in 1982. Always a kind word for everyone,!

Suzanne Woody

October 2, 2020

Jody always had a smile on his face! Prayers for the family.

Keith Hughes

October 2, 2020

Enjoyed our talks old friend!

Andy Rossi

October 1, 2020

Jim & I we’re Jodys tenants for 30 years. He was always a calm presence and always had a smile for everyone.
He liked to visit and he and Sandra were so nice to all in the building.
Andy Rossi & Jim Lindersmith

Gary & Lanette Kemp

October 1, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Jody’s passing. We so enjoyed visiting with both you and Jody. He will truly be missed. Our prayers are with you. Please feel free to reach out to us if you need anything. We are only minutes away.
Gary & Lanette Kemp

Pat O'Donoghue

October 1, 2020

Dear Sandra,
I am so very sorry for your loss of Jody! I have wonderful memories of our time together on the board of Fillmore Gardens. Little did we know how very short life is! I loved seeing that poem again.
Please take care of yourself at this very trying time.
Much love, - - Pat O'Donoghue

dwight blissard

October 1, 2020

A true Mississippian. He was a colleague of mine as well as a Mississippi brother. When we talked, it was for hours. He will be missed. Dwight Blissard


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