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Date published: 1/29/2014

William Stephens Jr.

Retired Lt. Col. William Stephens Jr. was born in Talladega, Ala., on Oct. 2, 1927. He departed this life on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

He was a former Air Force officer and educator and a community activist for most of his life.

Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Estella L. Stephens.

He leaves to mourn two sons, William Stephens III (Benita) of Stafford County and Stanley Otto Stephens (Sue) of Willingboro, N.J.; four grandchildren, Corey, Stanley Jr., Ferin and Sade Stephens; three great-grandchildren, Caleb and Ayana Stephens and Bryan Wells Jr.; one sister, Olivia Harris; three sisters-in-law, Geraldine Stephens and Beatrice and Mary Lucas; two brothers-in-law, Alvin and Ulysses Lucas; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at A. L. Bennett Funeral Home. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at United Faith Christian Ministry in Stafford. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery. A repast will be served at the church following the interment.