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Don Stephens
  • Passed away on July 15, 2022

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Don Stephens, 83 of Ocala, FL passed away peacefully on July 15, 2022 with his wife, Rhonda by his side. Don enjoyed being with his family and friends. He loved playing golf, fishing, beach, traveling, and playing cards with family and friends. Don will be dearly missed.

Don was born in Chattanooga, TN in 1939, his family moved to Oak Ridge, TN at age 3. Don played several sports growing up in Oak Ridge, TN, but his passion was football. He played football in high school for the Oak Ridge Wildcats, their team went undefeated and won the State Championship in 1956. He went on to play football for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame at Oak Ridge in 2016. Don was a Wildcat and Volunteer at heart.

Don was a salesman for most of his adult life, retiring at the age of 58 from being an outside salesman for a building material wholesale company. After retiring he was able to enjoy all the things in life he wanted to, from spending time with family, playing golf, fishing, traveling and meeting up with his Oak Ridge classmates in Crossville, TN every summer.

Don is survived by his wife Rhonda of nearly 42 years, daughters Donna Williams (Stoney) Oak Ridge, TN, Margaret Stephens – Tallahassee, FL, Patty Brown (Steve) Tallahassee, FL, Katie Palmer (Tom) Oak Ridge, TN, Sister Doris Hunt – Michigan, Daughter in Law Paige Stephens – Ocala, FL, Grandchildren Austin Brown (Jen) and Katie Brown – Tallahassee, FL, Stephen Palmer – New York, Jessica Palmer – North Carolina, Preston Stephens (Ashley) Titusville, FL, Jamison Stephens – Ocala, FL, Great Grandkids Aidan and Landon Brown – Tallahassee, FL, first wife Kathleen Stephens – Oak Ridge, TN. He was predeceased by his parents Ira and Treva Stephens, brother Preston Stephens, and son Mike Stephens.

There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday August 27, 2022 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Quail Meadows Community Clubhouse in Ocala, FL, also in Tennessee Saturday November 5, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Elks Lodge in Oak Ridge, TN.


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  1. Dennis & Lisa Furst lit a candle:
    24 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 24, 2022 at 8:29:53 AM

  2. Megan Denton lit a candle:
    24 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 24, 2022 at 8:25:38 AM

  3. Lori Anne Berndt says:
    22 Aug 2022
    Rhonda,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don will be missed. He always made me smile and I will miss his big hugs. With deep sympathy and love, Lori

  4. Lori Anne Berndt lit a candle:
    22 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 22, 2022 at 8:44:33 PM

  5. Rhonda Stephens lit a candle:
    22 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 22, 2022 at 8:35:30 AM

  6. Margaret Stephens lit a candle:
    21 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 21, 2022 at 8:12:10 PM

  7. Alice Harris lit a candle:
    20 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 20, 2022 at 8:41:00 PM

  8. Donna ,Leon Preston and family says:
    20 Aug 2022
    Rhonda ,
    Thoughts and prayers to you and family . We had so many memories together at the Dolphin beach club over many years. , always fun times Don will be sadly missed. Always loved , never forgotten.
    Deepest sympathy
    Sending our love
    Donna , Leon , Linda and Robert Preston

  9. Betty Richardson says:
    20 Aug 2022
    Rhonda,
    Larry and I loved Don like a brother. Our times in Crossville will always be cherished memories. We pray for you and wish you peace. See you in November for the memorial.
    Love you,
    Larry and Betty

  10. CharlotteChilders lit a candle:
    20 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 20, 2022 at 8:34:13 AM

  11. Janis Shirley Reese says:
    20 Aug 2022
    I was very proud of Don for all his accomplishments as an athlete. He was a cousin of mine and I was always glad to see him. He was very thoughtful and kind. He loved all his family members. I will miss him.

  12. Gary & Nancy Morrison says:
    19 Aug 2022
    We have had such great trips and cruises together. All of our trips to FL and your trips to TN - it was always a great time getting together. Baking brownies will not be the same. We truly loved Don and he is greatly missed.

  13. Sharon Shirley lit a candle:
    19 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 19, 2022 at 8:47:17 PM

  14. Tracey Herbert lit a candle:
    19 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 19, 2022 at 8:38:04 PM

  15. Ken Newton says:
    19 Aug 2022
    A great ORHS 1957 Classmate, Don will be missed. RIP

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