William Elmore Stephenson
December 2, 1955 – March 23, 2020
William (Bill) Elmore Stephenson of College Station, TX passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2020 at home, in the loving care of his wife and youngest son.
Bill was born on December 2, 1955 to Eddie Royce and Henrietta Blanchette Stephenson in Yoakum, TX. He was their third of five children with three brothers and one sister. He graduated from Bryan High School in 1974. Bill met his future wife, Debra (Debi) Marie Doughtie, in Huntsville, TX and they were married on October 13, 1979. Bill and Debi have three children – Aynsley Michelle, Brent Davis and William Chase.
Bill was very involved in the community. He graduated from Blinn College in Brenham, TX and from there helped to build and operate StarTel, which became a multi-million dollar long-distance company. He was also a member of the Jaycees and other business-related organizations and an active Board Member for Danza and Houston Repertoire Ballet. He deeply valued the friendships he made through school, work, church, and community commitments.
Bill had a number of hobbies including golf, fishing, gardening, cooking and watching sports – particularly the Astros, Rangers and Aggie baseball and football. He was also the number one supporter of his kids’ activities such as ballet, a variety of sports, TaeKwonDo and music lessons. His favorite place to travel was Walt Disney World where he would encourage his kids to skip down Main Street with him. Bill never met a dog he didn’t love. His favorite way to fall asleep at night was with the Weather or Outdoor Channel on and a pup snuggled at his side.
Bill’s Christian faith was an integral part of his life and he encouraged others with God’s love. He was fun-loving, optimistic, goofy, driven, and was quick with a joke and a bright smile.
He is preceded in death by his father, Eddie Royce Stephenson, his mother, Henrietta Stephenson, and his brother, Terry Lane Stephenson.
He is survived by his wife Debra Stephenson of College Station, his daughter and son-in-law, Aynsley and Kody Linsacum of Phoenix, his sons, Brent and Chase Stephenson, both of College Station; his brothers and sister-in-laws, Dr. Ted and Jackie Sue Stephenson and Phillip and Susie Stephenson both of Bryan, his sister, Charlotte Stephenson of Bryan, as well as his beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Based on the current recommendations regarding the Coronavirus epidemic, a Celebration of Bill’s Life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the following: Brazos Valley Hospice and Give Kids the World.
The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Baylor Scott & White in College Station and the team at Brazos Valley Hospice. They are also very grateful to all of the family members and friends who visited and offered their prayers and support.
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