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Lt. Col. John E. Stephens, 91, USAF (ret.)

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A graduate of Watertown High and the Cumberland School of Law, he flew fighter missions in P-51 Mustangs during World War II. He later served with distinction in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.


He was a former director of Lebanon Bank and served on the board of First Tennessee Bank, Lebanon. Upon his retirement from the military, Mr. Stephens returned to Wilson County where he worked as a financial advisor, lawyer and securities broker.


Past president of the Lebanon Noon Rotary, Mr. Stephens had been a Rotarian since 1967 and had been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.


The family will receive friends Saturday between the hours of 3-7 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel and again on Sunday, one hour prior to the 2 p.m. service at First Baptist Church.


Survivors include: his wife of 63 years Nedra Brender Stephens; and children Loren (Peggy) Stephens of Lafayette; Tom (Maggie) Stephens of Memphis and Charnell (Bruce) Johnson of Lebanon.


Also surviving is sister Isabel Eskew of Winchester; grandchildren Dr. Trenton J. Stephens of Franklin and Aubrey, Mallory, Heath and Luke Johnson -- all of Lebanon; nieces Stephanie (Jim) Swann and Martha (Bob) Funke; nephews Sam (Pam) Eskew and John (Rita) Maggart; sister-in-law Sue Stephens Johnson of Hermitage; as well as several great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by parents Hatton and Agnes McLeod Stephens; sister Mildred (Fred) Maggart; brother Jack Stephens; uncle Oatman "O.T." Stephens and niece Jeanette Eskew.


Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers: Lebanon Noon Rotary Club and Directors of First Tennessee Bank, Lebanon.


Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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