Lewellys J. “Doc” Stephens (98) of Willow Hill


Published on December 27 2012 2:51 pm

Lewellys J. “Doc” Stephens, 98, of Willow Hill, IL, passed away at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, December 27th, 2012, at Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, IL. Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery in Stewardson. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Willow Hill United Methodist Church, St. Anthony Booster Club, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

Lewellys was born on July 31, 1914 in Strasburg, IL, the son of Osler Z. and Josephine (Jones) Stephens. He married Vileta Tibbs on December 5, 1937 in Rolling Fork, MS, and she preceded him in death on August 23, 1995.

Lewellys was a member of Willow Hill United Methodist Church. He was a life member of Newton Masonic Lodge 216, and a life member of Robinson Elks Lodge 1188.

Lewellys was the owner and manager of K&M Stockyards in Willow Hill. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and enjoyed his three grandsons athletic events. Lewellys was lovingly known as “Grandad.”

Lewellys is survived by his son, Danny Z. (Linda) Stephens of Marshall; daughter, Sally (Bob) Tingley of Effingham; grandsons, Scott (Jennifer) Tingley of New Lenox, Christopher (Michelle) Tingley of Effingham; Toby Stephens of Terre Haute, IN; step-grandchildren, Dr. Mindy Haws, Deke Haws, Mark Haws, and Jeremy Haws; great-grandchildren, Davis Tingley, Emma Tingley, Curtis Tingley, Nicklaus Tingley, Lukas Tingley, and Amelia Tingley; and six step-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vileta; two brothers; and four sisters.