Fred Stephenson of Mt. Pleasant died peacefully in his home, with family by his side on Sept. 10, 2020 at the near age of 79.
Fred is lovingly remembered by Camellia Stephenson; his children, son, John F. Stephenson and wife Kim of Mt. Pleasant; daughter, Rachel Leithead and husband Donald of Liberty Hill; daughter, Michelle and husband Dr. William Zachry of Tyler; son, Clint Stephenson and wife Amber of Liberty Hill; daughter, Dara Johnston of Swan Valley, ID; daughter, Dawn Blankenship and husband Brent of Flower Mound. Grandchildren left to cherish his memory, Kara Paeltz, Kent Stephenson, Klay Stephenson, Shanee Leithead, Marshall Leithead, Julian Zachry, Remi Zachry, Tucker Stephenson, Payton Stephenson, Grace Blankenship, Cassius Blankenship; and three great-grandchildren; sister, Connie Chandler of Lubbock; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by father, Felix Wood Stephenson and mother, Bertha Pauline Sloan; brother, Frankie Stephenson; brother, Jimmy Don Sawyer; grandmother, Ora Stephenson.
Fred was born in Texarkana on Oct. 8, 1941. In high school he met and married his high school sweetheart, Camellia Wright in Jan. of 1961. He went on the ambitious pursuit of creating and building a highly successful, revered business. He did this facing challenging odds for success with limited resources.
Early on the couple moved to Wyoming which sparked a lifelong love affair with the mountains. Becoming an avid hunter and snowmobiler, he ventured on to Colorado for numerous years before finally settling in breathtaking West Yellowstone, MT. family in tow.
Fearless trailblazer, bold thrill seeker, both in business and recreational quests, he was undaunted by a formidable challenge. Fast cars, classic western film, travel, animals and the outdoors were but a few of his hobbies. His tenacious spirit will be deeply missed by family and all that knew him.
A visitation celebrating his life and legacy was held on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Bates Cooper Sloan Funeral Home, with the funeral service following the visitation. Burial followed at the Talco Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Fred Stephenson to:
West Yellowstone Search and Rescue Attn: Jerry Johnson P. O. Box 548 West Yellowstone, MT 59758
*** Our Dad was a member of this group of dedicated individual’s whom risk their lives to save the lives of others.
An online registry is available at batescoopersloanfuneralhome.com.