James Edward Stephens, Sr

James Edward Stephens, Sr, age 96, of Front Royal, Virginia, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, March 8, 2019, at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal.

Family & Friends Night will be on Monday, March 11 from 7 to 8 pm at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal. Entombment will be Tuesday, March 12 at 2:30 at Panorama Memorial Gardens on Strasburg Road. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, March 30 at a time and place to be announced.

Mr. Stephens was born in Fort Valley, Virginia on May 5, 1922 to Charles Eugene and Alice Salome Brown Stephens. He was the sixth born of ten children. He graduated from Toms Brook High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Jane Marie Bly, in her senior year at the Woodstock Christian Church between Sunday school and the morning Worship service. He retired from Safeway, was active in the Gideons, was an avid farmer of crops and cattle, was active at church serving as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher, and took numerous missions trips around the world to bring the Gospel to poor and hurting people and to distribute Bibles. Mr. Stephens and his wife welcomed the Christian festival “Fishnet” to be held on their farm from 1975 to 1979. He was most recently a member of the Valley Bible Church in Stephens City, Virginia.

Mr. Stephens’ family was a source of great joy to him. He is survived by his sons, James E. Stephens, Jr. and wife Judith of Middleburg and Reverend M. Dwayne Stephens and wife Darla of Ashland; his daughter, Barbara (Bobbi) Elaine Andes and husband Reverend Larry Andes of Front Royal; his daughter-in-law Tracy Stephens Sykes and husband Steve, his son-in-law, Joseph R. Ralls, Sr.; his grandchildren, James (Jamed) E. Stephens III, Joseph (Joe) Ralls Jr., Reverend Dean Ralls, Reverend Joshua Andes, Christina Stephens Driscoll, Mark D. Stephens Jr, DeAnna Stephens Baker, Nathan Stephens, Joanna Stephens, Courtney Stephens Stubley, Natalie Stephens; and his 18+ great-grandchildren. Mr. Stephens is also survived by his youngest sister, Maxine Stephens Pence and her husband, William, of Edinburg, Virginia; and sister-in-law, Anna Belle Stephens of Fort Valley, Virginia.

In addition to his parents and eight siblings, Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Marie Stephens; his son, Larry Dennis Stephens; and his daughter, Donna Stephens Ralls.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the local camp of The Gideons International. Mr. Stephens loved, studied and lived the Bible. Per his specific instructions, a Gideon Bible display is available at the funeral home for your convenience. His life verse was “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

The family extends heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful caring, compassionate and competent staff at Lynn Care.

  8 comments for “James Edward Stephens, Sr

  1. Becky Knight Pucher
    March 10, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Love to all the family. Bro. Stephens was a great example to me and showed me God’s love, grace and mercy as he served First Assembly. My prayers are with you all.

  2. Valois bell
    March 10, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family

  3. Doug & Mary Fauth
    March 10, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to the Stephens family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep Looking Up! God is always watching over you. 💝😇

  4. Mary Shank Thomas
    March 10, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I have known this wonderful man for many years. Loved him and his family. Love and prayers for the whole family. God bless you all with His love and peace.
    Mary Shank Thomas
    Palm City, Florida

    March 11, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    So sorry to hear. He was a wonderful man of God. When we visited my parents in Front Royal, VA – he was always there at First A/G & always welcomed us! Praying for all the family! Charles & Pat Wheaton of Murphy, NC

  6. Debby Jenkins
    March 11, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Our Mr. Jim will be missed by many. His love for his Lord and his family was apparent. My thoughts are with you all at this time. It was a pleasure to meet Jim.

  7. Dornie Groves
    March 11, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Bro Stephens always treated me like a son . Larry and I were best friends growing up .I will remember fondly all the times I spent at his house . He was a great man of God. I smile when I think of the reunion that’s going on in heaven right now. My love ,thought’s and prayers are with all of the family.

  8. Keith Bly
    March 11, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    What an awesome uncle he was. His life is a testament to his love of God and family. His legacy of faith lives on in his children and grandchildren. He and my aunt, Marie, made a lifelong impression on me and were a light to my path. Thank you so much, Uncle Jim, and I look forward to seeing you again.

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