James Carria Stephens
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James Carria Stephens
  • April 29, 1937 - November 10, 2009
  • Clinton, Mississippi

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James C. "Sonny" Stephens, Jr., age 72, of Clinton died Tuesday, November 10, 2009, in Jackson.

Services will be at 12:00 PM on Friday, November 13, 2009, at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton with Dr. Benton Preston and Rev. Allen Stephens officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 PM on Friday, November 13, 2009, at Union Baptist Church Cemetery near Puckett, MS. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM before the service at the funeral home on Friday.

Mr. Stephens was born in Jackson, MS on April 29, 1937. He graduated from Taylorsville High School in Smith County and was a member of Old Vicksburg Road Baptist Church. He enjoyed restoring antique trucks and collecting pocket knives.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Geraldine Lee Stephens of Clinton, MS; a daughter-in-law, Kippi Guillotte Stephens; two grandsons, Grant and Reese Stephens, all of Purvis, MS; two aunts, Ruth Collins of Pearl, MS and Barbara Myers of Puckett, MS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James C. and Ethel Boone Stephens, Sr.; a son, James "Randy" Stephens; and an infant daughter.

Memorials may be made to the Old Vicksburg Road Baptist Church Building Fund 1701 Old Vicksburg Road Clinton, MS 39056.