John D. Stephen
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John Douglas Stephen, age 89 of Clarksville, (formerly of Newtown, PA), died Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Gateway Medical Center with his devoted daughter and son-in-law by his side.
He was born on March 26, 1923 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England to the late John Douglas Stephen and Ann Chalmers Stephen, Newcastle -Upon -Tyne, England.
He served in WWII in the British Royal Navy from 1942-1946. He came to the United States via ship through New York City. He married his pen pal, Anne Bryant Stephen in 1949. He became a naturalized American Citizen in 1953.
He was retired from Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, where he worked as a Chauffeur for 26 years. He loved his job and never thought of it as work because he loved to drive. In his retirement years, he enjoyed gardening, traveling, watching soccer, tennis, boxing, car racing and politics on television, reading the paper and doing crosswords. He loved the outdoors and animals. He had a terrific sense of humor and enjoyed British Comedies. He had a very easy going personality and got along with everyone he worked with and met. He loved being close to his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Anne Bryant Stephen; six brothers-in-law, two sisters-in law and their spouses.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Susan Stephen Pender, Clarksville; son-in-law, Gil Pender, Clarksville; grandson, Stephen Ogilvie Pender, Clarksville; granddaughter, Kristen Anne Pender, Clarksville; sister-in-law, Norma Lee Holland, Crozet, VA and cousins, Jean (John) Chalmers Halliday, Angus (Pat) Chalmers, Jim (Margret) Chalmers, all of Scotland, and another cousin in Australia; three nephews and four nieces.
A very special part of his day was spent with his caregivers, Ruth, Nelda and Becky, whom he enjoyed very much having as his companionship, and humored them with his quick wit. He was very appreciative of everyone who helped him in his last years.
Sykes Funeral Home and Crematory are in charge of Arrangements.
Private family service will be held at Bethlehem Methodist Church, Roseland, VA at a later date. Interment will be at the Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vanderbilt Medical Fund, Gift Processing Office, VU Station B #357727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235.
Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
424 Franklin Street Clarksville, TN 37040
Published in The Leaf Chronicle on Nov. 13, 2012