OBITUARY

Carl Homer Stephens

April 9, 1933July 20, 2018
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Carl Homer Stephens was born to Carl S. Stephens and Gladys Patterson Stephens on April 9, 1933 in Arlington, Texas. He was a graduate of Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Florida in 1950.

Carl was a man of faith. Influenced by his father, a Baptist minister, and his mother’s music ministry, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. Quoting Bible verses was easy for Carl, and he used them at every opportunity he encountered to help encourage people to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, too. He truly loved gospel music and sound preaching.

After high school graduation, at seventeen, he worked for the local ice cream factory and made many trips to a naval military base dock where he got to board the submarines and deliver the products. Family circumstances motivated him to look for another job. Eventually, he moved to Baytown, Texas where he could be closer to his brother Paul and family. His jobs there included installing T.V. antennas, plumbing and eventually at J.M. Huber Corporation where he became an experienced lab technician. He remained there until his early retirement.

Following his retirement, he pursued his fondness for photography and videography. He spent many hours behind the camera capturing shots of people, places, animals, birds, and nature. One of those pictures won him a prize ribbon at the Houston Livestock Show photography contest in Houston, Texas in 2016.

He obtained a Texas Real Estate License at Lamar University in Beaumont and took a class on the Gutenberg Press at Lee College just to learn for fun.

Carl married Emma Luciene Stephens in 1976. They later moved to Nacogdoches. Carl was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, a former member of the Nacogdoches Photography Association and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Baytown, Texas.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Irwin Stephens; and sister, Delores Fisher.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Luciene Smith Stevens of Nacogdoches; son, Russell Mark Stephens of Dallas, TX; brothers, Paul W. Stephens and wife Joy of Katy, TX; James D. Stephens and wife Barbara of Alvin, TX; Charles Stephens and wife Cholly of Cantonement, Florida; sister, Lou Johnston of Columbus, Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carl endured several weeks of ill health and passed away peacefully at home with his wife at this side on Friday, July 26, 2018. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his politeness and love shown toward them. Rest in Peace, Carl.

Memorial contributions may be offered to St. Jude’s Hospital, Shriners Children’s Hospital or Calvary Baptist Church.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Carl will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 28 at Calvary Baptist Church. Bro. Paul Sevar will be officiating. The family requests a private burial at Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Mr. Stephens died on July 20, 2018. He was born on April 9, 1933. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

  • FAMILY

  • Carl S. Stephens, Father
  • Gladys Stephens, Mother
  • Irwin Stephens, Brother
  • Delores Fisher, Sister
  • Emma Luciene Stephens, Wife
  • Russell Mark Stephens, Son
  • Paul W. Stephens, Brother
  • Joy Stephens, Sister-in-law
  • James D. Stephens, Brother
  • Barbara Stephens, Sister-in-law
  • Charles Stephens, Brother
  • Cholly Stephens, Sister-in-law
  • Ann Stephens, Sister-in-law
  • Lou Johnston, Sister
  • Carl lovingly leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 28, 2018
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Gerry Larabee

July 30, 2018

I did not know Carl well but have many memories of him behind his camera at downtown events. I also have two videos he shared with me, one of Charles Bright and one of Bob Murphy. The one of Mr. Murphy was shot inside my store, Heart of Texas, the year before Mr. Murphy passed. Our building was the Western Union Office when Mr. Murphy was a very young man and he ran telegraphs to the town folks from here. Carl captured the tales of both of these extraordinary men and I'm thankful for that. Carl was always a quiet and respectful man and I was sad to hear of his passing.

Rey Guzman

July 25, 2018

Russell and family, My deepest condolences on your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Geri Coats

July 23, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of this fine gentleman! He made everyone feel better when he walked in! I know you will miss him and I offer my sincere condolences. Faith is the key! Love, Geri

Tommie Corbin

July 23, 2018

Cein and family I am so sorry for the loss of Carl! He was such a special person. I cherish the pictures he sent me after we moved. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Love you, Tommie Corbin

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Biography

Carl Homer Stephens was born to Carl S. Stephens and Gladys Patterson Stephens on April 9, 1933 in Arlington, Texas. He was a graduate of Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Florida in 1950.

Carl was a man of faith. Influenced by his father, a Baptist minister, and his mother’s music ministry, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. Quoting Bible verses was easy for Carl, and he used them at every opportunity he encountered to help encourage people to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, too. He truly loved gospel music and sound preaching.

After high school graduation, at seventeen, he worked for the local ice cream factory and made many trips to a naval military base dock where he got to board the submarines and deliver the products. Family circumstances motivated him to look for another job. Eventually, he moved to Baytown, Texas where he could be closer to his brother Paul and family. His jobs there included installing T.V. antennas, plumbing and eventually at J.M. Huber Corporation where he became an experienced lab technician. He remained there until his early retirement.

Following his retirement, he pursued his fondness for photography and videography. He spent many hours behind the camera capturing shots of people, places, animals, birds, and nature. One of those pictures won him a prize ribbon at the Houston Livestock Show photography contest in Houston, Texas in 2016.

He obtained a Texas Real Estate License at Lamar University in Beaumont and took a class on the Gutenberg Press at Lee College just to learn for fun.

Carl married Emma Luciene Stephens in 1976. They later moved to Nacogdoches. Carl was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, a former member of the Nacogdoches Photography Association and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Baytown, Texas.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Irwin Stephens; and sister, Delores Fisher.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Luciene Smith Stevens of Nacogdoches; son, Russell Mark Stephens of Dallas, TX; brothers, Paul W. Stephens and wife Joy of Katy, TX; James D. Stephens and wife Barbara of Alvin, TX; Charles Stephens and wife Cholly of Cantonement, Florida; sister, Lou Johnston of Columbus, Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carl endured several weeks of ill health and passed away peacefully at home with his wife at this side on Friday, July 26, 2018. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his politeness and love shown toward them. Rest in Peace, Carl.