WRENS, Ga. - Celebration of life services for Rev. Bettye J. Stephens, 74, Wrens will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Stone Springfield A.M.E. Church, Stapleton with Bishop William DeVeaux, Eulogist, Pastor, Rev. Michael G. Ephraim, Sr., Rev. Carlos T. Young, Presiding . Interment: Wrens Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Wrens. The body will lie in state on Friday. June 17, 2011 at Wrens Chapel A.M.E. Church, Wrens beginning at 3:00 p.m. Wake will be held from 6-8 at the church. No viewing will be held on Saturday prior to the service. Survivors are: 3 daughters, Jerlyn Diane Smith(s)and(s)Hattie Marie Davis of Wrens,(s)and(s)Cynthia (Robert "Bob") Neal , Louisville;5 grandchildren; Krystal Stephens, Joy (Justin) Staten , John Cooper, III all of Wrens, Bridget Neal, Atlanta,(s)and(s)Deitrick Neal, Louisville;6 great-grandchildren; Jamiria , Alysia , Jakhia , Cameron all of Wrens(s)and(s)Zorian Neal, Augusta,(s)and(s)Ja'Paris , Baton Rouge, LA; 2 sisters; Alveda Lewis, Harlem,(s)and(s)Margaret Virginia Davis, Louisville; 1 brother; Tom Wesley (Mary) Farmer, Jr.; 4 sister-in-laws; godchildren; Willie Ruth Fullard, Martha Jordan, Janice Beasley, Le'Ande Avery, Maurice Oliphant and Brandyionna Lazenby; two special friends; Presiding Elder Ella Mae Samuels and Helen McBride; Shawn Stapleton, one special young man who shared a relationship that was not unlike that of Sarah and Isaac; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Thomson Funeral System, 505 Gordon St. NE, Thomson.
The Augusta Chronicle-June 17, 2011