Bob “Steve” Frank Stephenson

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Bob “Steve” Frank Stephenson, 88, of Smyrna, died Monday, July 1, 2013.

Stephenson was a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ. He retired from the U.S. Air Force and Tennessee Air National Guard having served in both the European and Pacific theatres during World War II, The Berlin Airlift, The Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Stephenson later retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1987. He was a proud member of the Sam Davis Masonic Lodge #661, a 32nd degree Scottish rite, a member of the Murfreesboro York Rite Bodies and served as grand high priest for the state of Tennessee in 1984. He was also a member of the Sam Davis Eastern Star and the Al Menah Shrine Temple in Nashville.

A native of Palmersville, Tenn., he was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Henry and Loice Pearl McClain Stephenson. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Glover and Ruth Glynn, and his brothers, Ralph, Louis and Almond Stephenson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara Lillian Cotton Stephenson; daughter, Linda Diane Stephenson Cazel and her husband, Matthew, of Smyrna, Tenn.; son, Kevin Mark Stephenson and his wife, Violetta, of Toronto, Canada; grandchildren, Brandon (Angela) Bentley, Allison (Ronnie) Bentley, and Oskar Sendecki and his wife, Alexsandra Sendecka; great-grandchildren, Nora Elizbaeth Bentley and Sean Sendecki; and the love of their life, their dog, Sir Lancelot.

Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, with a masonic funeral at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Smyrna.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 4, at 1 p.m. in Morgan Cemetery in Palmersville with full military rites. Brandon Bentley, Matthew Cazel, Robert Waldron, Harold Scott, Johnny Ross, Bob Harper will serve as pallbearers.

The family wishes instead of sending flowers to please send memorials made to Shriners Hospitals in care of Al Menah Shiriners at P.O. Box 78545, Nashville, Tenn., 37207.

Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Smyrna is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Woodfin Funeral Chapel

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