Otto Joseph Stephens

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 23, 2013

Otto Joseph Stephens, retired game warden and cattle farmer, passed away on Feb. 21, 2013 at Rosepine Retirement Center. Otto was born March 22, 1918 in Leesville to Willie G. and Doshie (Cryer) Stephens. He passed away a few weeks shy of
his 95th birthday.
A longtime resident of the Cottonwood Community, Mr. Stephens entered the Army in January 1941. While at Camp Shelby, Miss. for training, he met and married Adell Pace and they enjoyed 65 1/2 years of marriage before her
death in 2008. While in the Army, Mr. Stephens served in the campaigns of New Guinea and Luzon, receiving a Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, American Theater
Ribbon and World War Two Victory Medal. Additionally he was awarded a JRTC appreciation medal in 2010. He recently received the Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal.
After his military career, Mr. Stephens was hired as a Louisiana Wildlife Game
Technician in 1964. In 1966, he was commissioned as a Louisiana Game Warden. He retired in 1980 from his career as game warden, a job he took great pride in.
Those left to cherish his memory are his adopted family, Eugene and Corinne
Broxson of Merryville; adopted grandson, Preston E. Broxson of Cottonwood; adopted granddaughter, Sarah Grace Broxson of Lubbock, Texas; nieces, Lee Ann Street of Cottonwood, and Ruby Alexander of Irving, Texas; nephews, Eddie Stephens of Cottonwood,
Jim Stephens of Baton Rouge, Glynn Stephens of Morgan City and Hugh Street of Philippines; nine great-nieces and nephews, and 13 great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; two brothers, James Ottis Stephens and
Robert Calvin Stephens, and sister, Lula Mae Stephens Burden. Pallbearers will be Russell Brack, Preston Broxson, Wendell Lee Smith, Brian Street, Joshua Street and Nathaniel Street. Honorary Pallbearers are Sam Craft, Buck Fellows, Frankie Howard,
Chris Jeane, Roland Mitcham, Garth Mitcham, Joe Simmons, Buck Spillers, Eddie Stephens, Glynn Stephens, James O. Stephens, Jr. and Russell Suire.
Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder,
with funeral services beginning at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Hinson Cemetery in the Knight Community. Rev. T.J. Bordelon will officiate. The family wishes to thank the staff of Amedisys Hospice and Rosepine Retirement Home and Dr. Pandya.
In lieu of flowers, Otto and Adell requested that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Donations may be mailed to St. Jude’s-Tribute account #32951321, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148.
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