John Gray Stephens, son of John and Martha Stephens, was born December 8, 1882 and departed this life January 13, 1970, at the age of 87 years, one month and five days.
He was one of a family of five children-a sister, Mary Jane, who survives him, and three brothers, who preceded him in death.
On September 28, 1909, he was united in marriage with Mary Pearl Richardson and of this union were born four children-a son, Raymond, and three daughters, Mrs. Russell (Lola) Onley of Des Moines, Mrs. Weldon (Elma) Main of Mount Ayr, and Carolyn Lee, who preceded him in death in infancy.
He was actively engaged in farming throughout his married life and enjoyed the progressive changes through the years. He had a great interest in education and community affairs and served as secretary of the Lotts Creek No. 2 school board for over 30 years. He was a graduate of the Jones Auctioneering School of Davenport, and devoted part of his time to this profession for many years, along with his farming activities. Mr. Stephens, or Johnnie, as he was better known, will be sadly missed in the community by his family, relatives and a host of friends.
Those who survive are his widow, Pearl; son, Raymond; two daughters, Mrs. Olney, and Mrs. Main; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a sister, Mary Jane Stephens of Mount Ayr.
Funeral services were held January 15, from the Rhoades Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Norman Noble. The vocalists, Mrs. Billie Kelley and Mrs. Robert Fisher, were accompanied at the organ by Margaret Pence. Casketbearers were Doyle Trullinger, Victor Shields, Junior Shields, Wayne Johnson, Bryan Comer, and Lee Still. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr.