Wilbur Garnett Stephens, Jr.

Born: Tue., Feb. 18, 1941
Died: Fri., Apr. 13, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Apr. 15, 2018
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 16, 2018
Location: First United Methodist Church/Swainsboro


Location: Sardis Primitive Baptist Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. Wilbur G. “Sonny” Stephens, Jr., age 77, of Adrian, GA, on Friday, April 13, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Swainsboro First United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne DeFore, Rev. Bill Calhoun, and Rev. David Unkles officiating.

Mr. Stephens will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family will receive friends on Sunday evening, April 15, 2018, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be in Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are:  Harry Martin, Bobby Reeves, Bobby Sasser, Alex Grindler, Tyson Stephens, Steven Rigdon, Gary Curry and Jimmy Ray.

Honorary Pallbearers will be:  Members of the Swainsboro Exchange Club and Employees of Spivey State Bank.  

Mr. Stephens was born on February 18, 1941 in Adrian, Emanuel County , GA to the late W. G. Stephens, Sr. and Reba Grace Spell Stephens.  He was Vice President of Spivey State Bank in Swainsboro, and worked there for 45 years; a graduate of the University of Georgia and a member of Adrian Baptist Church.  He served in the Georgia National Guard.  Sonny was a consistent and devoted public servant, and a great citizen of Emanuel County.  He served as Citizen of the Year for the Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce in 2004; Exchangite of the Year for the Exchange Club in 2005; and served on several boards, including Spivey State Bank Board of Directors, Emanuel County Health Board and Library Board.  He also served as President of the Exchange Club, American Cancer Society, Emanuel County Arts Council and the Emanuel County Hospital Foundation.  His greatest passion was his four grandchildren, Luke, Jacob, Gracie and Olivia; who affectionately called him "Pops".

Survivors include:

His Wife of 45 years,  Kaye Tucker Stephens of Adrian, GA

Two Daughters:  Stephanie Fagler (Mitchell) of Swainsboro, GA and Starr Hall (Sam) of Milledgeville, GA

Four Grandchildren:  Luke and Jacob Fagler both of Swainsboro and Gracie and Olivia Hall both of Milledgeville

One Sister:  Regis Sammons of Adrian, GA

One Brother:  Charles Stephens (Lee) of Longwood, FL

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to The Sunshine House, 328 W. Main Street, Swainsboro, GA 30401; The Emanuel County Humane Society, P. O. Box 443, Swainsboro, GA 30401; Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, 319 W. Main Street, Swainsboro, GA 30401; or Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1258 Wes Lawson Road, Kite, GA 31049.

Condolences may be submitted on line at www.durden-hudsonfuneraldirectors.com

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Wilbur G.“Sonny” Stephens, Jr. of Adrian, GA

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Connie Wammock
   Posted Fri April 13, 2018
I was shocked to hear of Sonny's passing... My heart is heavy...such a fine Man and F
amily...he will truly be missed ..Prayers for all the Families !!

Jean Hutchison O'Mea
   Posted Fri April 13, 2018
Kaye, Stephanie, Starr and families, I am so sad to learn of Wilbur's passing. I have happy memories of Wilbur.....he was such a pleasant, positive person. I know you will miss his physical presence in your lives....but, be comforted in knowing his spiritual presence will be with you always. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Jean

Marvin Henry
   Posted Fri April 13, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of Mr. Wilbur Stephens. With Deepest Sympathy, Marvin D. Henry & family.

Suzanne P Hutchinson
   Posted Fri April 13, 2018
There will never be another "Sonny". He was a friend to everybody and was always helping others. I remember that he and daddy (Clyde) would always pick at each other. Daddy always told jokes about Sonny's legs and various other things. I remember that he and Kaye would chauffeur mom and dad to different events because Sonny said he drove to slow. I remember when daddy passed away, he brought his lawnmower over to the house and cut the grass. That was Sonny. I am still at a loss of words about his passing. Just know that he was well thought of and that his legacy will live on. I am praying for you all during this time. Just know that I appreciate everything that he did for my family.

Mark Hurt
   Posted Sat April 14, 2018

BASKET GARDEN was sent by Mark and Teresa Hurt.

We are so very sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your sweet family. Mark and Teresa Hurt

Mark Hurt
   Posted Sat April 14, 2018

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Elaine Campbell Carpenter
   Posted Sat April 14, 2018
Kaye, Stephanie, Start and Family: I am so sorry to hear about Sonny. He was a sweet man, who loved his family dearly. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Elaine

Suzanne P Hutchinson
   Posted Sat April 14, 2018
For some reason my first post didnt show up. There will only be one "Sonny." He was giving and was always willing to help in any capacity. He and Kaye were there when my parents were sick and they would do ativities together. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Just know that I am lifiting the entire family up in prayer. Let me know if I can help you.

Ashley Riner
   Posted Sun April 15, 2018
Very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Ellen Rowland
   Posted Sun April 15, 2018
So sorry to hear about Mr. Sonny's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you and may GOD bless you all!
Mike and Ellen Rowland
Swainsboro, GA

Bonnie Bullock
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
Dear Stephens family, Kim and I are so sorry to hear about Mr. Sonny. I know your hearts are heavy, but please know we will be praying for God to give you comfort and peace.

Ethel and Leonard Andrews
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
Mrs Kay and family. So sorry for your loss.Sonny was a great man and friend to all.He will be missed.Our Prayers are with you and family.

Tena Murry Norris
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Elaine Fortson
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. My last conversation with you is how he worked so hard and stayed so busy which is what he enjoyed. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you and comfort you.