They were blessed with four children. The first, Stephens’ namesake, James Linley Stephens Jr. (Jim), was born Oct. 27, 1912. A second son, Bruce Boney Stephens, was born Aug. 15, 1915, and named for a close family friend who was an Atlantic Coast Line Railway conductor.
Their daughter, Mabel Dare Stephens, was born Nov. 13, 1919. She became a history teacher. She married James Chappell Dew on May 17, 1952. They were parents of one daughter, Teressa Stephens Dew, and three sons, James Chappell Dew Jr., Joseph Hartwell Dew and Linley Stephens Dew. She died March 10, 2010.
death, including caskets and burial robes. Some companies later expanded this portion of their business, as more people looked for full-service funerals.
He was honored a year before his death for 50 years of service in the Masons. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
operation of the funeral home to his three sons. The brothers divided the workload: Jim was the embalmer, Bruce operated the ambulance service and Ralph was the business manager. Mrs. Stephens followed her husband to the grave nine years later, dying Aug. 9, 1962.
discounted 90 percent of the reports we’d read in the papers or heard over the radio. But now, frankly, I’m baffled.”