Idella Stephenson

 Submitted by:  Dane Walls

Hartselle Enquirer
Feb 19, 1953

Mrs. J. O. Stephenson Rites at Bethel

Funeral services have been announced for this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Idella Reeves Stephenson, 94, who passed away Wednesday morning at her residence on Bethel Road.

Rev. Frank Smith and Rev. Joe Gomes will officiate at services at Bethel Baptist Church with burial following in the adjoining cemetery, Peck directing.

Mrs. Stephenson, a pioneer resident and one of its oldest citizens had lived in Hartselle since the age of 3 years when she arrived in a covered wagon from Columbus, Miss., with her parents. In 1880 she married J. O. Stephenson and moved into her present home where she has lived for 73 years. A quiet, retiring person, Mrs. Stephenson rarely left home save for church services at Bethel where she has been a member for 53 years, being the oldest member at the time of her death. In 1920, Mr. Stephenson died. Although in ill health for some time, Mrs. Stephenson broke her hip four months ago and had been confined since.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Sam Brannon, Richard City, Tenn., and Mrs. Clarence Waldrop, Quinton, Ala., two sons, Jake Stephenson and George Stephenson, both of Hartselle; ten grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
  

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