Ophelia Burt Stephens
SHREVEPORT, LA—Services celebrating the life of Ophelia Burt Stephens, 88, will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Rose-Neath Marshall Street Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Trey Lewis. Interment will follow at Forest Park St. Vincent. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the funeral home.
Ophelia was born May 9, 1925 in Stepenson, Mississippi. She was called home to spend eternity with her Heavenly Father on February 6, 2014. There to greet her in Paradise was her loving husband of 56 years, William Stephens; previous husband, Winifred B. Smith; son, Kenneth Smith; parents, Enoch and Conie Burt; sisters, Vivian Burt, Thelma Burt, Martha Burt and Mary Burt; and brothers, E.C. Burt and A.V. Burt. Left to cherish many loving memories are her children Robert Smith, Sheila Burkhall and husband Mark, and Darryl Stephens and wife, Terri; grandchildren, Robert Smith, Jr. and wife, Kundyz, Michael Smith and wife, Erica, Vickie Smith, Julie Hooter and husband, Steven, Jonathan Hewitt, Ericka Fornea and husband, Adam, Jameson Hewitt and wife, Rebekah, Sarah Stephens, Anna Stephens and Allison Stephens. Ophelia also leaves behind great-grandchildren Bexaltan Smith, Mariah Smith, Shannon Becker, Colton Becker, Lauren Becker, Zachary Hooter, Lucy Fornea and McCullough Hewitt; one great great-grandson, Kaiden Durfee; sisters-in-law, Bobbie Burt and Patsy Wolfe; brother-in-law, Michael Stephens; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends whom will miss her always. She will also be missed by longtime companion, her little Chihuahua, Munchkin.
Ophelia graduated from Winnsboro High School. She was editor of the school newspaper, assistant editor of the yearbook and was a freelance writer to the local paper; The Franklin Sun. Ophelia married Bouie before graduation when he left for WWII. They had two sons, Robert and Kenneth Smith. Bouie passed away and she eventually remarried to Billy Bob. She was the best mother and grandmother. She was selfless in every way. Most importantly was the love she had for the Lord, with all of her heart.
Ophelia's family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 1341 Mockingbird Lane, STE 210 E, Dallas, TX 75247.
Published in Shreveport Times from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, 2014
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1815 Marshall Street Shreveport, LA 71101