AD Stephenson, 92 of Bogata

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Mr. A.D. Stephenson, 92 of Bogata, died on Saturday, adstephenson03January 16, 2016 at his home.  Funeral Services have been scheduled for Wednesday, January 20 at 2:00pm in the First United Methodist Church with Reverend John Purviance, assisted by Rev. Dr. Ed Lee.  Burial will follow in Bogata Cemetery with Full Military and Masonic Rites.  The family will receive friends from 1-2pm in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Active pallbearers are Bill Bryson, Dale Loggins, David Lyckman, Noah Montoya, Zachary Montoya and Don Roach. Honorary pallbearers John Howison, Bill Mellon, Ernie Needing and David Talbot.

He was born in Bogata on December 1, 1923, the son of Dess and Mabel Bogard Stephenson.  He married Miriam Grayson on March 3, 1950.  Mr. Stephenson was retired from the US Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, and had been the Executive Director of the Bogata Housing Authority for many years.  He was a member of the Rosalie Lodge #527 AF & AM for over 60 years and the First United Methodist Church of Bogata. He served on the Rivercrest School Board of Trustees and High School Education Foundation, as well as named the High School football field “The Swamp” which it is known by today. In addition, he enjoyed participating with the North Star Square Dance Club.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam Stephenson of Bogata; son, Mark Stephenson of Los Angeles, California; daughters:  D’Ann Anderson and husband, Kevin of Longview; Sandra Pearsall and husband, Ken of El Paso; and Judy Loggins and husband, Dale of Paris, and eight grandchildren.

In the latter part of his life, Mr. Stephenson’s family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude for the care given by Margaret “Helen” Rayburn, Donna Young, Lisa Martin, Linda Jackson, Dr. Paul Bercher, Heather Ray and Platinum Hospice.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Bogata United Methodist Church or Bogata Public Library.

  1. Amy Lee Pearsall says:

    I wish I could be there. Thinking of you all. All my love. xo

  2. Johnie Lee says:

    Miriam,
    My deepest condolences to you and the family. I know you have been through some tough times, but you did all you could and there is nothing to regret. I know you have some very special memories. My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.

  3. Leah Lee says:

    James and I have fond memories of AD. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you and the family.

  4. Connie Hill Mawk says:

    So sorry to learn of A.D.’s passing. Our family is slowly dissapearing

  5. Richard Hamner says:

    Mrs. Stephenson, I just wanted to let you know that I am so deeply sorry to hear of A.D.’s passing. I only met him once, but enjoyed our time together. If the depth of his legacy is marked by the extraordinary quality of the son he leaves behind, he should be very proud indeed to have gifted the world with a man of such high moral fiber, kindness and intelligence. My deepest condolences to you and your family on your loss.

  6. Sharla J. Frost says:

    We did not know that A.D. had died or my father would have attended the funeral. A.D. and my grandmother Annie Lee Frost were first cousins. I remember meeting him at my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary in Hugo, Oklahoma many years ago. My father Charles Frost is still living, as are his brother’s Jack and Bob. A.D. looked almost exactly like my Uncle Oscar in their later years. I’m sorry to know that our family has gotten even smaller. My condolences to you all.

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