Celebrating the life of

James Elliott Stephens

October 03, 1940 - October 05, 2020

James Elliott Stephens

James Elliott Stephens, died peacefully on October 5, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

James was born October 3, 1940 to the late Jessie Anglin and Warren D. Stephens. He was a graduate of Benedictine Military School, Class of 1959. After graduation, James joined the U.S. Navy as a submariner on the U.S.S. Trout SS566. James saw history in the making during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 as the U.S.S. Trout was the vessel monitoring the waters between Cuba and United States.

James graduated from Armstrong State College in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He retired in 1997 from Hunt-Wesson Foods after 33 years of service. James was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church for many years serving as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the choir under the direction of Helen Beddow. James enjoyed listening to olde-time radio shows, cooking, and birdwatching in the backyard. He was most happy spending time with his grandchildren.

James leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Theresa Dillon Stephens; two daughters, Maria Stephens Watson and her husband, Jon Watson, and Eileen Terese Stephens and her significant other, Tim Ryder; four grandchildren, Patrick James Watson, Rachel Veronica-Christine Watson, Julian Anthony Watson, and James William Ryder; numerous sisters and brothers-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Rosary service will be 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Visitation will follow until 7:30 p.m.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020 at St. James Catholic Church, burial will follow in Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest remembrances be made to Benedictine Military School, Class of 1959 Scholarship Fund, 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.

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It has been our great pleasure to have Jimmy as our neighbor for 39 years. We will greatly miss him. We will be praying for his precious family.

- Ramona Connor, Savannah, GA

Terri and family, I was so sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. I first got to know Jimmy when he and I sang in the choir. What a fine gentleman he was and such a gentle soul. We will be praying for all of you in the days ahead.

- Jim Love, Savannah, Georgia

Terry, my condolences to you on the passing of your husband. You all are in my prayers.

- Wendy Harrison, Savannah, GA

Terri, So sorry to hear about Jimmy. I know you must miss him terribly. He was always such a sweet man and I really enjoyed singing with him. My prayers are with you.

- Donna Katula, Savannah, Georgia

We are truly sorry for your loss and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

- The Capachione Family, Savannah, GA

Terry and family, I am very sad to read this news. You are in my prayers....May God bless and comfort you. Diane Wilhelm

- Diane Wilhelm, Guyton, GA

Terry, Thinking of you and your family with heart felt sympathy, hugs and many prayers. Jimmy will be missed by many.

- Patricia Mascio, Savannah, Georgia

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So it hear about Elliot he was a great man and a nice gentlemen while I was growing up I will miss him dearly

- bradley poole, Kingsland, GA

Maria (Jon): So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all during this sad time.

- Chris and Don Dasher, Hilton Head Island, SC

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Jimmy will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

- Steve and Ginger Strickland, Tybee Island , Ga

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Terry and the Stephens Family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy. With thoughts and prayers. Deepest Sympathy, Evalena Tyson

- Evalena Tyson, Savannah,, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Burial
  • on Fri, October 09, 2020
  • Catholic Cemetery
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