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Joe Lee Stephens, age 80, of Foster Crossroads, Tennessee, passed peacefully into eternal life on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at his home with family and friends by his side.

He was born May 2, 1936, at Roundtop, Kentucky, the son of the late Luther W. and Savannah K. (Taylor) Stephens.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two children: Brenda Lee and Timothy Elmon Stevens and the mother of his children: Lela M. (Ross) Stevens,

five brothers: Prince L. Stephens, Paul R. Stephens, Amon L. Stephens, Howard Stephens and Cleve Roman Stephens,

six sisters: Letha Stephens, Eva (Stephens) Klundt, Trannie (Stephens) Bell, Nannie (Stephens) Griffith, Edith (Stephens) Hammond, and Etta Faye (Stephens) Foster.

Surviving family includes his loving wife of 38 years, Glennice (Boyatt) Stephens of Foster Crossroads, Tennessee, four children: Leota (Stevens) Wilson (friend, Oakley Merritt) of Burnside, Kentucky, Cathy Stevens, Strunk, Kentucky, Joe Lee (Paula) Stevens, of Robbins, Tennessee, Larry (Danny) (and Alice) Stevens of Harrogate, Tennessee, a sister: Charlene (Stephens) Strunk of Somerset, Kentucky,  special sister-in-law: Shirley Reagan and Faye (George) Hicks of Foster Crossroads.  He had 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Joe was a member of the Foster Crossroads Baptist Church.  He was retired from Hartco Flooring Company in Oneida, Tennessee.  He loved playing his guitar and singing, and listening to bluegrass and gospel music.  He enjoyed raising his beagle and foxhounds and going hunting with family and friends.


Funeral services:  12:00 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2016, Pine Knot Funeral Home

Visitation:            Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Burial:                  Smith Cemetery, Roundtop Road, Strunk, Kentucky


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Amedisys Hospice Services, 1420 Dutch Valley Dr, Knoxville, TN 37918 or to the Smith Cemetery on Roundtop Road, Strunk, Kentucky, for upkeep.

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Our condolences from all of us to the family during this time of your loss. We have the fondest  memories of him growing up when we would visit. He was an honorable Christian man. He loved his music and was a self taught musician along with the love of hunting and riding his horses. He now is in the arms of Jesus  reunited with the loved ones who have gone before him. We pray for the family and friends who are grieving the loss of this family member and friend. Remember his suffering is now over and he is at peace with God!

Our sincere condolences, Love from all of us! Kim, Pam and Mike

Kimberly Ross and Pamela Whitaker and Michael Ross Jul 23 2016 12:00 AM


GAIL TAYLOR Jul 23 2016 12:00 AM

so sorry to hear of uncle Joe's passing.I have fond memories of him playing guitar and singing at family reunions.Really enjoyed visiting him and aunt Glennice at their home at the last family reunion.I loved hearing stories from mom about their childhood growing up on roundtop.My heart and sympathy are with Glennice,Leota,Cathy,Joey, and Danny,at this time.

anita biggs Jul 22 2016 12:00 AM

sorry for your loss, heaven has gained another angel.  cousin Joe was a
special person.I am sure he will be missed.

Butch & Brenda Roe Fortner Jul 22 2016 12:00 AM

GARDEN PATH was sent by Weldon .

Our thoughts are with you & your family. We love you Cathy. Border Lords Car Club

Phyllis Haynes Jul 22 2016 12:00 AM

I knew Joe Lee all my life grew up on roundtop road. He was a great man and will be missed, by all whom knew him. He was a hard worker and loved Hunting.

Larry Wayne Daugherty Jul 21 2016 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Joe passing, I have many memories of being around him.   Prayers are with the family.

Tim, Lisa, Jonathan and Alyssa Thomas Jul 21 2016 12:00 AM

My last living uncle,Joe Lee my childhood play mate,11 months older than I.Myheart will miss you.Mary Ruth Stephens Maxwell Indianapolis,In.

maryruthmaxwell Jul 21 2016 12:00 AM

I send my prayers and blessings to the family at such a difficult time.


Alice Harris Jul 21 2016 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

Jim and Laura Terry Jul 21 2016 12:00 AM

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