Graveside services for Aubrey â€œCottonâ€ Stephens, 88, of Roswell are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at South Park Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Roswell Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. He passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at Villa Del Rey assisted living center.
Cotton was born July 30, 1922, to Clifford Stephens and Grace Lynch in Matador, Texas. He attended Bethel Baptist Church until he became ill, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He cowboyed for a large portion of his life on the Matador Ranch and loved to go back to the Old Settlers Reunions. He retired from Waide Sand and Gravel in 2009.
He was united in marriage to Maxine King on March 9, 1959, in Roswell. She preceded him in death. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his two sons: Billy Mac Duke of Ponder, Texas, and Cliff Stephens and wife Elizabeth of Little Elm, Texas; sister, Doris Piper of Stephenville, Texas; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be James Waide and the employees of Waide Sand and Gravel Company.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.