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James Stephens

James Henry "Turtle" Stephens

Friday, June 15th, 1934 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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Obituary

Warner Robins, GA – James Henry “Turtle” Stephens, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the Houston Medical Center. The viewing for family and friends will be on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, a private funeral service for family only will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory with interment immediately following at Parkway Memorial Gardens with military honors. For those wishing to attend via live streaming, please visit Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/burpeescott/live/.
Turtle was born on June 15, 1934 in LaGrange, GA to the late Ellis and Siddie (Thompson) Stephens. He faithfully and honorably served his country in the United States Air Force, where he retired at the rank of Tech Sergeant. Turtle continued his career as a civil service employee at Robins Air Force Base, where he worked as an Electronics Technician until he retired. He loved being outdoors and staying busy. Whether it was hunting and fishing or creating home projects, he was always on the go. Turtle loved people and never met a stranger. He also was a member of the Mason’s and was a Shriner. Turtle’s greatest love was his family, whom he was most proud. He served and worshipped at Rock Springs Church in Milner, GA. In addition to his parents, Turtle was preceded in death by his grandson, Randy Stephens and brother, Howard Vineyard Stephens.
Left to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Maxine (Moore) Stephens of Warner Robins; children: Randy Stephens of Warner Robins, Stephanie S. Franks (Terry) of Warner Robins and Russell Stephens (Tina) of Warner Robins; 6 grandchildren: Jessica Beal, Amber Balltzglier (Mark), Jason Stephens (Sara), Mylissa Sayre, Jeremiah Stephens and Dawson Stephens (Darian); 6 great-grandchildren; brother: Jimmy Stephens of Thomaston; several nieces and nephews.
Please visit www.burpeescottmemorialchapel.com to sign the online guestbook, view the video tribute and to leave a memorial tribute for the family. With honor, Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Location
    Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel and Crematory
    Address
    2932 Hwy. 41 N
    Fort Valley, GA 31030
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel and Crematory
    Address
    2932 Hwy. 41 N
    Fort Valley, GA 31030
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Dr. Benny Tate
    Co-Celebrant
    Mr. Terry Hedden
  • Interment

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 |
    When
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
    Location
    Parkway Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum
    Address
    720 Carl Vinson Parkway
    Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
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Judy and John Howard

Posted at 06:09pm
We will so much miss Turtle. He and Maxine were our neighbors, our frequent camping buddies, our traveling companions and most of all our friends. We have so many good remembrances of RV camping trips, playing cards, bus trips, and just visiting. Rest in peace Turtle. Our condolences to the entire family.
Judy and John Howard
 
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patricia williams Posted at 12:22pm

we all ways love seeing you'll it wasn't often .we thought of you'll as aunt and uncle Turtle was a talker and loved everybody and he will be missed sending love and prayers to you Maxine and the family .Love Patricia & David
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With love, Judy and John Howard

Posted at 05:35pm
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
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Libby Denny Zink

Posted at 08:15am
May the angels surround Mr.Stephens and the saints welcome him in peace. He was a very sweet man. I am so sorry for your loss.
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George Salter

Posted at 12:48pm
Maxine, and the entire Stephens family...we are so sorry for your loss. Spending time with Turtle was never boring, as he always had a funny story to tell. Hold on to those good memories. We are praying that God will grant you the peace and comfort that only he can give.

Brenda & George Salter
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Evie Stephens

Posted at 07:25am
My heart aches for you. I cannot imagine the turmoil you are experiencing. Praying for heartfelt peace. Love you Mom
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