Clara Stephens, 92, of Florence, passed away Sept. 3, 2022, at Villa South Extended Care in Florence. Clara was born April 27, 1930, in Halls Fork, Ala., to W.M. and Dora Godwin Roley.
A funeral service was held Sept. 6 at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Monticello. A graveside service followed at Stephens Cemetery in Silver Creek. Bro. Mike Grenn officiated, with Wilson Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
If one had to pick one word to describe Granny’s life, that word would be “service.” Her children cannot remember a time when she was not teaching a Sunday school class, bible drill, or serving at The Baptist Children’s Village or a similar facility in Houston, Texas. In her final years, she served her Lord as the unofficial chaplain at Villa South, offering a word of encouragement or a listening ear, but mostly her prayers wherever she found a need. She also took great pride in serving her family as she gardened, cooked short-notice meals, canned, doctored abrasions, fed baby calves, offered a word of encouragement or a listening ear… but mostly her prayers whenever she found a need. Her number one concern was that all of her children and grandchildren had a personal relationship with her Lord.
Clara is survived by her children, Fran Douglas (Paul), of Florence; Stan Stephens, of Silver Creek; Marty Stephens (Carolyn), of Brookhaven; and Carol Williamson (Terry), of Mendenhall; grandchildren, Amy Summerlin, Steven McAllister, Heather Stephens, Hannah Stephens, Landon Stamps, Ashley Stephens, Clint Stephens, Austin Williamson, Tara Williamson, and Tori Williamson; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clinton Stephens; eight brothers; and eight sisters.