|Birth: ||Jun. 29, 1948|
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 2011|
James Raymond Stephens
June 29th, 1948 - March 24th, 2011
James was born June 29th, 1948 in Osaka, Japan and passed away March 24th, 2011 in Bakersfield, Ca after a long and difficult battle with heart disease.
In his final moments he was surrounded by family and special friends. James was proceeded in death by his parents Raymond and Hazel Stephens, his Grandmother Georgia "Granny" Stone and his 2 Grandson's Nathan and Jonathan Stephens. He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years Darla Stephens "Honey I Love You".
He leaves behind a legacy of 2 sons Jimmy Stephens and Jeff Stephens, 2 daughters Melissa Fox and son-in-law Curtis Fox, Cynthia Ray and son-in-law Ricky Ray. His only sibling sister Shirley Strickler and brother-in-law Fred Strickler and 4 beautiful nieces. James had a tremendous love for his 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren that he leaves behind, they will greatly feel a void of not having their "PAPA" with them.
In his younger years "Jim" was an avid racecar driver and continued his life long love for Nascar. We will forever miss his wisdom, witty antics, and his big heart.
Through his adult life when working he had adopted several more what he referred to as "His kids" you know who you are and we hope each and every one of you know what you meant to him, all of you as well as his personal friends were so very important to him at work and in his home life.
Viewing to be held at Basham Funeral Care at 3312 Niles St. on Friday April 1st, 2011 from 5 pm to 8 pm .
Services to be held at Basham Funeral Care Saturday April 2nd, 2011 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers an account (6348580-72) is set up at Kern Schools for donations towards service and expenditures. The family greatly appreciates any and all donations made.
Jim, you will always have a very special place in my heart. I can't belive that you are not here with us. Watching the race on sunday was heart breaking. I am glad that your driver won. P.S. Now I have to go to Daytona by myself. Don't drive to fast in those cloud races with Dale. Put on your seat belt. Don't yell to loud and let the bird fly.
We love you.
Darla Reece Dunn Stephens (1959 - 2011)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes given to family
Created by: Lisa
Record added: Mar 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67643914
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