Reverend William "Bill" Henry Stephens, age 65, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 27, 1948 in Southport, to Joseph and Derlie Hathaway Stephens. Reverend Stephens was Pentecostal by faith and a member of Well Spring Christian Center in Panama City. He was an ordained minister since 1993. He pastored in several local churches and evangelized in the South Eastern States.
Reverend Stephens was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joseph Donald Stephens and one sister, Mary Frances Stephens Leavins.
Reverend Stephens is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Gail Ellis Stephens of Panama City; daughters, Kelly Lee Stephens Harman and husband Lu of Graceville and Barbara E. 'Beth' Stephens Barnes of Vernon; one step-son, Richard Bannister of Panama City; step-daughters, Amanda Bannister and Toland, Alicia Roberts and Jason and Krista Bannister Gandy and husband Kenyon; sister, Jacqueline 'Jackie' Dianne Stephens Webb and husband Glenn; grandchildren, Morgan Barnes and River, Lynn Barnes, Liz Barnes, Tyler Simpson, Stephen Simpson and Krystin Gandy; brother-in-law, J.B. and Sandra Ellis; brother-in-law ,Gary and Charlotte Rosen; numerous nieces and nephews and his loving pet dog, Judah.
Visitation services was held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church; 1517 Highway 177, Bonifay, Florida 32425. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. R.C. Smith and Darryl Stanley officiating. Burial followed at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Rosen, Steve Rosen, Tyler Simpson, Stephen Simpson, Terry Couch, and River Roberts. Floral arrangements are being accepted or donations may be made to the family at 230 Park Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com.
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.