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LAKELAND - Cleophis Thomas Stephens, age 90, better known as "Buddy", "C.T." or "Steve", was born Aug. 7, 1922 in Laurens County, GA, to Thomas J. & Lula Woodard Stephens. He died Aug. 14, 2012 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to natural causes.
He was preceded in death by his mother & father, one sister Beatrice Randolph. Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife Alice Ann Stephens, Lakeland, FL; 2 sons: Patrick T. Stephens (Lyn) of Monroe, GA, Jimmy Stephens of Florida; 3 stepsons: James F. Bryan (Betty) of Lakeland, FL, Mark Bryan of Tampa, FL, Thomas W. Bryan of Lakeland, FL, & a very close family friend Roger White of Bellaire Beach, FL. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren: Rebekah Ann Loney of Wellston, OK, W.F. "Bill" Bryan of Charleston, S.C., Sheran Wood of Ocilla, GA; 4 great grandchildren; 1 sister Gertrude Herrington, Lakeland.
Mr. Stephens was a 57-year member of the Masonic Lodge & a Past Master of Southland Lodge #256, Lakeland, FL, a past presiding officer of all 3 York Rite Masonic Bodies, OES Chapter 26 and OWSJ of Lakeland and he was a member of the Tampa Scottish Rite Consistory. He was also a proud 70-year member of IBEW Local 915 & a veteran of World War II.
Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30am Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services will follow at 11am Fri. at Lakeland Memorial Gardens.
Published in Ledger from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2012