Willard Stephens

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Willard I. "Pee Wee" Stephens of Haynesville, LA died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Ann Spencer Stephens, his sister Vella Joyce Haley, and his parents, G.C. and Velma Lane Stephens.

He leaves three daughters:Sharon "Sandy" Martin and husband Guy of Conroe, TX, Cathy Jones and partner Roger Barnette of Haynesville, LA, Cyndi Wilson and husband Terry of Haynesville, LA, Four grandchildren - Jerrod, Jacob, Keely, and Christopher - and seven great grandchildren.

He also leaves behind his loving companion Delores M. Barnette of Haynesville, LA, Karen and David Tigner of Homer, LA, and Ronnie Barnette of Shreveport, LA.

Being the oldest of nine, he leaves four brothers and three sisters: Doyle, Joe Earl, Lanenon, and Darrell Stephens, Linda Presley, Janis Lehne, and Donna Bloomer as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pee Wee was born January 6, 1929 in Tahoka, TX. He moved his family to Louisiana in 1960. Besides his family, there were three things he was extremely proud of: Being a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner, being from Texas, and working in the oil field.

He proudly displayed his Texas pride with his many western hats, exotic cowboy boots, and country western dancing talents.

He retired from Sawyer Drilling Co of Shreveport, LA where he worked his way up from driller to drilling superintendent. He was known in the field for his tremendous work ethic, his "colorful" language, and his no nonsense approach to getting the job done. Regardless of how hard he was to work for, he was respected by those who had the privilege to work with him.

Pee Wee will be remembered most for his "unique" joke telling abilities, his sense of humor, and his love of life. Simply put - A man to respect, a life to admire.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Anyone who wishes to honor his memory may do so by making a donation to the First United Methodist Church of Haynesville, LA or the in Shreveport, LA.

Published on yourconroenews.com from July 15 to July 28, 2016
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