Leonard L. Stephens, 96, of Amarillo passed away on Monday October 11, 2021. Private Graveside services will take place Thursday October 14, 2021 at Llano Cemetery with Ministers Jerry Klein and Tim Myers officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home. Memorial services will be 10:00 AM Saturday October 30, 2021 at Comanche Trail Church of Christ with Minister Loran Harper and Craig Howard officiating.
Leonard Lew Stephens was born in Littlefield, Texas on March 3, 1925, as the oldest of nine siblings to James Thomas “J. T.” Stephens and Zada Virginia (Cummins) Stephens. Rooted in a farming background, the family moved to the Snyder, Texas area. Leonard was educated in a three-room rural school house in the community of Independence, Texas. In 1944 Leonard was invited to join the United States Navy where he proudly served in WWII as a Gunner, Seaman 1 and Fireman 1 on the battleship U.S.S. Pennsylvania, which was anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa Island, Japan the day before the war ended. Following the war, Leonard returned to Snyder and subsequently moved to Amarillo. Remaining in the Naval Reserves, Leonard once again served his country during the Korean War, being stationed in Astoria, Oregon. As for his profession, Leonard will fondly be remembered as a talented service department technician working 32 years for the legendary Montgomery Ward & Company.
Leonard married Eula "Snookie" (Windham) Stephens on May 24, 1952, in Clovis, NM. "Snookie" and Leonard were charter members of the Lawndale Church of Christ, known today as Comanche Trail Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, "Snookie", his parents; three Sisters Mildred Flippin, Edith Walker and Sandra Perkins, along with three brothers, Lonnie Stephens, Mardell Stephens and Milton Stephens.
Survivors include two sisters, Daphna Faye Worsham of Long Beach, California and Mary Boyd of Lampasas, Texas, along with several nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to Comanche Trail Church of Christ, P.O. Box 30516, Amarillo, Texas, 79120 or High Plains Children's Home, 11461 S. Western Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79118.
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