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Sidney M. Stephens

Sidney M. Stephens

Sidney M. Stephens passed away in his home September 22, 2017 surrounded by his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents James and Lella Stephens, and his sister Marie Hunter. Sid was born in Golconda, Illinois.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served as sergeant drill instructor during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture. He specialized in cotton seed treatment, and developed several new cotton breeds he marketed under Americot name.

He is survived by his by his wife of 60 plus years, Betty Jo Walker; his daughters, Cynthia Louise Witkowski and her husband James John Witkowski; his son, James Dennis Stephens; his granddaughter Katheryn Marie Witkowski and her fiancé Tomas James Manning; four sisters, Dortha Lang, Elsie Winchell, Essie Usherwood, and Shirley Williams.

Sid loved visiting the mountains, flying, water sports, and gardening.

His life will be celebrated September 26,2017 at Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock. Visitation at 1:00PM followed by service at 2:00PM.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stephens family. I had the honor of knowing and working with Sid, at different times, over the course of 34 years. He was always a true gentleman and an inspiration to everyone he met. He was a good friend and I will miss him."
Lemoin and Connie Unger | Little Rock, AR |

"Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Betty Jo and the family. Some of my earliest remembrances of Sid go back over 40 years ago, attending American Cottonseed Delinters Association conferences with him and Betty Jo. I am going to miss the phone calls from my long time friend and his frequent trips to west Texas. "
Lynn and Jeri Gannaway | Big Spring, TX |

"Our warmest feelings and condolences to your family on the passing of Syd, great friend and neighbor"
Mel Brown & Bobbye J Barentine | Hot Springs, , AR |

"Dear Aunt Betty Jo, Cindy and Dennis, We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Sid's death. He was such a wonderful man, full of life and joy. He will be missed very much. He was so in love with life that we can imagine he has burst exuberantly into that greater fuller life we call eternity. We know he will bless many in heaven, just as he has blessed many in this life. You will be in our prayers as you adjust to life without his physical presence. May you experience the loving arms of God surrounding you in a special way at this time."
Robert and Diana Goudie | Beverly Hills, MI |

"And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,+ and death will be no more,+ neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.+ The former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4) This prophecy tells us that one day we will see our dead loved ones again in a new world! Please seek Jehovah God to see his promises fulfilled....."
CM | , GA |

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