F. Duane Stephens

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F. Duane Stephens LUBBOCK-F. Duane Stephens was born in Motley County, Texas, on Aug. 1, 1931, and passed away on Sept. 25, 2012, at the age of 81 years. He was a graduate of Flomont High School, where he played six-man football. Duane was drafted into the Army and served from 1952 to 1954 in the Germany Special Services, and played football, basketball and softball for the 322nd Signal Battalion. He returned to Floydada, Texas, where he worked for SWB Telephone Company, and was transferred to Lubbock in 1958. He retired with them after 39 years. Duane pitched for church and city league fast pitch softball for 25 years with the Communication Workers of America. He coached SW Little League Baseball on the Sanders Funeral Home and Lubbock Paint Center teams. He also coached the Monterey Optimist Basketball and Youth Football League, and was head coach of the YFL team that played prior to the All American Game at Texas Tech's Jones Stadium. Duane was the avid Texas Tech fan. He also picked up the game of golf at the age of 77 with his coffee shop buddies. Duane was a sweet and precious man through and through. He is survived by his children, Candy Roberts (Mike), Dee Dee Adkins (Jay), Ricky Duane Stephens (Annice), Robby Brackeen, Gregory Stephens, and Quinton Cole Stephens (Stacy); grandchildren, Lex Snowden (Lori), Tina Snowden (Taylor), Summer Ketron, Camille Ketron, Rebecca Stephens, Cole Stephens and Kendall Stephens; great-grandchild, Audrey Anne Noguera; brother, Cloyd Stephens; sister, Bobbie Claunch; and numerous other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Peggy; grandson, Keaton Allen Stephens; brother, Doyce Stephens; and sisters, Deloyce Eubanks and Latricia Stephens. A graveside service will be held in the Englewood Cemetery in Slaton, Texas, today, Sept. 27, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations my be made to The Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L. Street, NW Ste. 410, Washington, DC 20036, or The , 3511 10th Street, Lubbock, TX 78423.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Sept. 27, 2012
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