ELWOOD, Ind. - The Rev. Basil Earl Stephens, 77, died Sept. 14, 2001, at Community Hospital.
Born Jan. 23, 1924, in Canalou, son of the late Herschell and Lillian and Drake Stephens, he served as pastor of the Hartford City Assembly of God Church for 11 years and the First Assembly of God Church in Elwood for 22 years before retiring. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
On Oct. 30, 1942, he married Mary Martin who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Anna Stephens of Elwood and Kim and Linda Stephens of Tipton; four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Steve Fletcher of Elwood, Sandra and Tim Singleton and Deborah and Matt Davis of Greentown and Karen and Curt Massey of Hartford City; two brothers, Kenneth Stephens of Morehouse, Mo., and Phillip Stephens of Broken Arrow, Okla.; four sisters, Martha Wilkening of Matthews, Mo., Edna Bunch of Hope, Ariz., Vonna Faye Hughes of Dalhart, Texas, and Darlene Alligood of Sikeston, Mo.; one daughter-in-law, Alberta Stephens of Elwood; and 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Larry Stephens, on June 20, 1997; and three brothers and five sisters.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Dunnichay Funeral Home in Elwood.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. Wednesday until service time at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Elwood. The Rev. Larry Metz and the Rev. Brad Singleton will officiate.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct graveside military rites at Sunset Memorial Park in Elwood.