T.E. (Steve) Stephenson of Duncan, Okla., formerly of Big Spring, Texas, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. He was born April 3, 1924, in Odell, Wilbarger County, Texas, to George R. and Mary J. Stephenson. As a child, he and his family moved to Romney, Eastland County, Texas, where he lived until he went into the service.
Steve served in the United States Army during World War II in Company B 752nd Railway Operating Battalion. He served 20 months in the European theater. On Nov. 5, 1948, Steve married the love of his life, Maudie Fay Perdue. In 1951, he started his career with Halliburton in Eunice, N.M., and ended it 34 years later in Big Spring, Texas.
Steve is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maudie Perdue Stephenson; son, Terry Stephenson and wife Mary of Midland, Texas; daughter, Vonda Stephenson and life partner Pat Dunham of Big Spring, Texas; son, Stanley Stephenson and wife Patti of Duncan, Okla.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Della Pearl Richie of Seminole, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and four sisters.
Steve was a terrific husband, father, PaPa and friend. He loved God, his family and friends. He impacted the lives of most anyone with whom he came into contact. He loved to fish, play cards and dominoes and watch his favorite western movies and sports teams. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Victory Assembly Church, 208 E. Eighth St., Cisco, Texas, with Pastor Ken McMeans of College Baptist Church of Big Spring, Texas, officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held afterward at the Hillside Community Center, which is on the west side of Humble Ave. between E. 10th St. and E. 11th St. in Cisco.
A private burial will be held prior to the memorial service at the Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, Texas, under the directions of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home of Marlow, Okla.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to College Baptist Church, 1105 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 79720. 432-267-7429.