Joseph (Joe) Stephens

Died: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 28, 2018
Location: Walters Funeral Home Chapel

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sun., Oct. 28, 2018
Location: Walters Funeral Home Chapel

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Mr. Joseph E. (Joe) Stephens age 57 of Clinton went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  He was a Graduate of Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY.  Joe enjoyed the fellowship of family reunions and sharing his knowledge this area’s history, and was a valued member of the Campbell County Historical Society.  During the Summer months, Joe enjoyed socializing at the Oak Ridge City Pool.  Preceded in death by Parents, Arlis Marion and Helen Nadine Heatherly Stephens, and Brother, John Arlis Stephens. 


Survivors: Aunts, Maxine Stephens Jeffers, Sue Heatherly Miller, Bobbie Heatherly Kirkpatrick; Uncle, Evan Heatherly and Wife, Oma; Special Caretakers, Sue Ellen Nidiffer, Emily Russell, and Kathy Jeffers Smith; Several other cousins, relatives, and all the friends Joe met along his earthly journey. 


Funeral Services Sunday 3:00 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Aiken officiating.  Interment to follow at Bakers Forge Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2 P.M. to 3 P.M. Sunday before funeral services.  The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to: Campbell County Historical Society, 235 East Central Ave., LaFollette, TN 37766.  Online condolences for Mr. Stephens may be made at  Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Joseph E. (Joe) Stephens.   

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theodore baehr jr.
   Posted Thu October 25, 2018
Joe was a special person I knew for quite a while. He was a great champion for East Tennessee Culture and a good writer. He will be sorely missed.

Larry Cooper
   Posted Fri October 26, 2018
Joe will be missed. He was a talented story teller and writer. Now he is experiencing a grand heavenly reunion.

Ken Yager
   Posted Sat October 27, 2018
How sorry I am to learn the Joe has passed away. I knew Joe through his column which I read regularly. I am grateful for the history and culture he passed on to me and the many other readers. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

Danette Welch
   Posted Sat October 27, 2018
I'm so very sorry to hear about Joe. Godspeed.

Patricia Dawson
   Posted Sat October 27, 2018
So sorry to hear of Joe's death. We always enjoyed him at the Heatherly reunions and cemetery visits. He knew more than anyone about the family history and was always interesting to have a conversation. He will be missed.

Robert Parker
   Posted Sun October 28, 2018
I will miss Joe, but his pain and suffering are both over. May he rejoice in the Lord with a totally renewed body, mind, and spirit.

Jackie Lee Adler
   Posted Mon October 29, 2018
So sad that Joe is no longer with us. I will never forget the special attention Joe always showered on my Dad (Millard Lee, 1917-2016) at the Heatherly Reunions. Joe will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Jeanie Watts
   Posted Tue October 30, 2018
I send condolences to the family of Joe Stephens. I first met Joe's mother throught the Daughters of Union Veterans. Met Joe later at the McClung Historical Collection. Always enjoyed working with Joe on his local East Tennessee projects. He'll be missed by the historical community of East Tennesse.

karla duncan
   Posted Wed October 31, 2018
Even though I never met him, I feel as though I did through his writings of Campbell County and its history. I enjoyed his articles so much and I could tell what a respectful man he was. Prayers for the family!

Joanne Wood Ryan
   Posted Wed November 07, 2018
I was so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. We "met" on the internet as Heatherly cousins. My husband and I joined him for one of his great tours of Walnut Grove and Fork Bend (where my family's land had been before TVA). He was quite the raconteur! I will miss sharing family stories with him. I am sure I had much more to learn.