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David Earl Stephens October 9, 1935 - September 1, 2020

David Earl Stephens, 84, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee.

David was a member of First Baptist Church, Horn Lake, where he also served as a deacon, taught Sunday school, and on the building committee.  He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Mrs. Martha Claire Stephens, grandson: Aaron Jay Gunnels, and siblings; Virginia Rommell, Alex (Steve) Stephens Jr., Mary Florence Hamlin, and Charles Stephens.

Survivors include his daughter Cherrie Gunnels and husband Donald, grandchildren; David Wayne Gunnels and wife Rachel, and Dana Marie Yarbrough and husband Lance, great-grandchildren; Kayla Bradford and husband Dustin, Emily Gunnels, Gabbie Gunnels, Magen Gunnels, and Aaron Yarbrough, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers can be made to First Baptist Church, Horn Lake.

Due to Covid-19 mandates Twin Oaks Memorial, Gardens & Funeral Home is not allowed to release service details. All services are considered private services and limited to the State of Mississippi and federal mandated number of guests. We understand the difficulty of this situation but must adhere to the mandate for the safety of our guests and staff alike.


  1. REPLY
    Stacy Childress says

    I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was always so nice to me and I remember him and your mother with fond memories.

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    Jim Remmell says

    Uncle David’s passing is the end of an era to the family. He was the youngest of the five children of Alex and Edith Stephens and the last to leave us. I always knew him as quiet, patient and dignified. He was a man of few words. When he did speak you were wise to listen.

    He can no longer share his wisdom and experience but the lessons he taught have made us all better adults.

    As a wounded veteran of World War II he carried his scars and pain and honor through his final day. His sacrifice and the sacrifice of countless others preserved the freedom we enjoy today. Never forget!

    While we confront our loss at least he is with Aunt Martha again. We have their lasting memory to hold close.

    Son of Virginia

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