EDINBURG - John Louis Stephens, 89, entered eternal rest on Monday, January 22, 2024. Mr. Stephens is preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley Stephens and Gladys Thelma Smith.
Mr. Stephens left an indelible mark on the tapestry of life. Believing himself to be one of the luckiest individuals, he embarked on a journey filled with extraordinary experiences beyond his control. In 1953, he wed Ethel, and in 1961, he discovered a passion for golf. Answering the call to duty, he served in the Army National Guard and volunteered at the Masters Tournament in 1962.
During an evaluation mission in 1962, fate led him to witness a fox hunt where, unexpectedly, he encountered Princess Diana herself. His adventures extended to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he witnessed the 500 Mile Memorial Day Race.
Blessed with strength and coordination, he excelled in slow-pitch softball, earning accolades in World Champion Tournaments. His golf prowess reached new heights, securing victories at various championships, including first place in the San Antonio Seniors Tournament at the age of 61.
A skilled athlete, he played semi-pro baseball and faced offers to turn professional, yet financial constraints anchored him to his job. His intellectual acumen shone through various tests, scoring remarkably high on civil service and military IQ exams.
Mr. Stephens was married to Ethel for 17 years, they shared the joy of raising five wonderful children. He emphasized that intelligence did not shield one from life's missteps but rather provided a lens for analyzing decisions. In his memory, let us celebrate a life rich in diverse experiences, profound love, and an enduring spirit.
Inurnment will be held at 11:15 a.m. February 5, 2024 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Tx.