Eli Stephens

Born: Thu., Aug. 10, 1922
Died: Thu., May 11, 2017


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., May 13, 2017
Location: Bernard Church of God

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sat., May 13, 2017
Location: Bernard Church of God

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Eli Stephens, 94, passed on Thursday, May 11, 2017

at The Hospice Center in Somerset, Ky. His life will be

celebrated Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Bernard Ridge

Church of God in Russell Springs with Pastor Lindsey

Cornett officiating. The family will receive friends at the

church from 1-3 PM. prior to the service. Burial  will be

at McBeath Cemetery, Old Eli Road, Russell Springs.

Eli was born August 10, 1922 in Russell Springs, son of Ezra and Arizona (West) Stephens.

He married Modine Johnson Feb. 26, 1942 and they were inseparable until her passing in 2009.

Anyone whe ever met Eli was drawn to him and soon came to love him. He had a funny saying

for everything which made him endearing and unforgettable.

At the age of 17 Eli left home with no money and hitchhiked to Illinois in the dead of winter to seek

work, a place he'd never been. He was not afraid of hard work and didn't let anything stand in his

way when he set his mind to do it. He worked as a tenant farmer around Deland & Monticello, IL.

for 8 years, until he accepted a job at The Viobin Corporation in Monticello, where he worked for 35 years.

He became foreman and a trusted leader to all while there.

After retiring at 62 Eli kept busy working a number of jobs, from painting barns, to driving an asphalt

truck, to cutting grass or moving inventory for his sons in their business of Horizon Hobby. Eli was known

to be frugal and conservative so when he invested most of what he had  in his sons to help them get

their business started, people figured it must be a sure thing or he must love those boys a lot. It wasn' t

a sure thing.They enjoyed Florida in the winter and traveling with friends to Hawaii and elsewhere. When

their daughter Joanne was ill they sacrificed everything to care for her the last years of her life. They were

always there for a friend when help was needed.

Eli is survived by his sons Larry (Karen) Stephens of Jamestown and Rick (Jeanene) Stephens of

Champaign, IL; 3 brothers, Wilbur of Monticello, IL., Calvin (Marilyn) of Chesterfield, IN, and Bobby

(Geri) of Russell Springs; 2 sisters, Jenny McQueary and Kevel Grider of Russell Springs; 6 grandchildren

and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Modine, his daughter Joanne; his parents; 2 brothers, Arvester and Jason; and

3 sisters; Orpha Bennett, Ruth Smith Johnson and Magdalene Rexroat.

Memorials may be made to the Fair Oaks Health Systems, 1 Spark Ave., Jamestown, Ky

Pallbearers: Robert Witkowski, Larry Stephens, Jr., Luke Stephens, Mike Kellner,

                   Brad Barker, Joel Bokelman

Bernard Funeral Home in Russell Springs in charge of arrangements.


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