2007-10-25 / Obituaries


Hollis Ray Stephens, 82, of Austin, Texas, died Oct. 17, 2007. He was born Dec. 16, 1924 in

Chilton. He was one of 11 children born to Enoch and Trannie Stephens. He graduated in

1943 from Clarke

County High School. He was drafted into the U.S.

Army after graduating

from high school in 1943. He served his country honorably for 27 years in three major wars-World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. Throughout his military career, he received numerous accolades to include the Congressional Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1971 at the rank of Command Sergeant Major and settled in Austin, Texas. He and his family have attended services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin since 1955. He worked for the City of Austin as an inspector where he retired after 14 years of public service.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Lilija Klavins; one son, Thomas Stephens; two daughters, Linda Baehr, Bettina Butcher; two brothers, Everette Stephens and Hermon Stephens; one sister, Sally Evans; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents Enoch and Trannie Stephens; his brothers, Clarence, Nathan, Herbert, and Jack; and, his sisters, Agnes, Eloise, and Eugenia.

The service was at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin with Rev. Sherman Stenson officiating. Burial was at the Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery in Pflugerville, TX.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River, Austin, TX 78705 or to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley- Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 452-8811. Obituary and guest book online at wcfish.com

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