Francis B. (Steve) Stephen

LUBBOCK ó Francis B. (Steve) Stephen, 94, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 27, 2010.

Funeral services will be held at graveside at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Dublin Live Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. at Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin.

Born to Joseph and Maude Johnson Stephen on March 7, 1916 near Dublin in the Cottonwood Community, he was the youngest of nine children, all of whom preceded him in death.

He served in the U.S. Army mostly with the 72nd Harborcraft Company during World War II. His tour of duty included North Africa, Italy, and France. Steve was a staff writer and artist for the Stars and Stripes for a brief time. After his service, he graduated with simultaneous bachelorís and masterís degrees in Fine Arts from Oklahoma University in 1952. In 1950 he married Gwen Whitmer in Parkville, Missouri in 1950.

Steve taught art at Phillips University, North Texas State University and Texas Tech University. He retired from Texas Tech in 1982. During his career, Steve was the recipient of numerous national awards and internationally known for his jewelry designs and kinetic art pieces.

He was a life-long Christian. He was baptized early in life and enjoyed telling others of his love for his Lord and Savior throughout his life. He served his churches as a deacon and enjoyed presenting chalk talks to Sunday School classes. He also devoted much of his art works to the glory of God.

He is survived by his wife, Gwen, and son, Mark, both of Lubbock. He is also survived by son, Matt, and his wife, Martha, and his daughter, Kathryn Ferguson. He is also survived by his grandchildren Elizabeth, Becky, Jared and Abby as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Published March 28, 2010

Stephenville Empire-Tribune