Joseph Joshua Stevens Jr.
Joseph Joshua Stevens Jr., age 71, died on March 14, 2011, after a brave battle with cancer. Joshua Stevens Jr. was born March 13, 1940, in Mobile, Ala., to Joseph J. Stevens and Anna Mae “Bootsie” Smith Stevens.
Mr. Stevens grew up in Macon, Miss., descended from a farming family with roots in Noxubee County, dating back to the 1830’s. An Eagle Scout, he graduated from Macon High School in 1958. He attended Mississippi State University and Millsaps College, where he graduated in 1962. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. After earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi in 1966, Josh Stevens Jr. moved to West Point to practice law with the late Thomas M. Tubb.
Mr. Stevens served as City Attorney for West Point and also as president of the Clay County Bar Association. He was past president and a Life Member of the West Point Rotary Club, as well as a long-time board member of the Clay County Educational Foundation. Mr. Stevens was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he taught the Friendly Fellowship and Men’s Sunday School Classes.
Joshua Stevens Jr. was predeceased in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Lenora Dulin Stevens; his sister Sylvia Stevens McEachin (John) of Meridian, Miss.; his six children: Joseph Joshua Stevens, III (Kristen) of West Point, Miss.; Thomas Rogers Stevens (Joanna) of Swarthmore, Pa.; James Michael Stevens (Sara) of Austin, Texas; Carolyn Stevens Rogers (Chandler) of New Albany, Miss.; Simon Eli Lasky (Jennifer) of Oxford, Miss.; and Celia Clair Lasky of West Point, Miss.; eight grandchildren: Anne Carlsson Stevens; Joseph Joshua Stevens, IV; John Willis Stevens; Catherine Reese Neely; William Floyd Neely, V; Scarlett Knight Stevens; Audrey Bettina Stevens; Wyatt Everly Stevens, and a number of dear nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Bryan, Larry Cooper, Robert Harrell, Willie Johnson, E. C. Jones, and Bill Lantz. Honorary pallbearers are Members of the Clay County Bar Association, Circuit Court Judges, Chancery Court Judges, Clay County Court Judges, Members of the Friendly Fellowship and Men’s Sunday School Classes, Albert Lee, Daniel Irons, and Cooper Dixon.
Services are Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in West Point, Miss., with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating, with graveside services to follow at Oddfellow’s Cemetery in Macon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Oak Hill Academy or First United Methodist Church of West Point.
Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.