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Bill Stephenson

Visitation will be at White-Ranson Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services will be at First United Methodist Church in Union City at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Revs. Tim Atkins and Jim Calhoun officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Will Rice, Dan Rice, Barry Stephenson, Bruce Williams, Greg White, Joey Thompson, Tim Doyle and David Kendall. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Whitby, Dr. John Hale, Joe Sergerson, Chuck Stone, Keith Fisher, Bill Tanner, former employees of Union City Parts, members of Character Builders Sunday School Class, Masons and the girls at First Citizens Bank.
Memorials may be made to Union City First United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.
Bill was born in Bells, Aug. 8, 1926. His parents were the late Alice and Owen Stephenson. After graduating from Bells High School, he moved to Memphis, where he was employed at Massey-Harris Farm Equipment Co.
He married the former Lenora Spellings May 26, 1950, and they had been married for 63 years. Bill and Lenora and daughter Patricia moved from Memphis to Union City in 1954, where Bill owned and operated Stephenson Equipment Co., a Massey-Harris dealership, until 1962. He then managed Stephenson & Wade John Deere Implement Co. until it sold. In 1966, Bill owned and operated Union City Parts, an auto and tractor business which he operated until his retirement in 1994. Two more children were born to the Stephensons — Alan and Lisa.
Bill was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He served on several committees through the years and was a longtime member of the Character Builders Sunday School Class. His interest in local affairs was reflected in his service as a commissioner of Union City Housing Authority for over 30 years, serving as chairman many of those years. He served as Patron Chairman of Community Concert Association.
Bill was a longtime member of the Rotary Club, where he was named as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a former member of the Hardees’ Coffee Club and was a 50-year member of Union City Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Masons and Union City Commandery. He was also a 50-year Shrine member.
Stephenson was a founding member of the former First Volunteer Bank and served on the board for 18 years, later serving on the board of what is now First Citizens Bank.
One of Bill’s hobbies was camping in his RV. He and his wife spent many happy times with friends camping close to home and also spent winter months in Florida and made numerous friends with whom they continue to keep in touch. Bill loved people and was known for his sense of humor and enjoyed teasing and joking with friends.
In addition to his wife Lenora, he is survived by two daughters and his son-in-law, Lisa and David Gamble of Franklin and Pat Stephenson of Union City; his son, Alan Stephenson of Maplewood, N.J.; his grandson, Raphael of Maplewood; his sister, Betty Williams of Bells; and several sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Owen and Harber Stephenson.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.

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