Obituary: Stephens, Darrell Silas

Darrell Silas Stephens, 100, a resident of the Wyngate Senior Living Community of Parkersburg, passed away on September 27, 2021 at Camden-Clark Medical Center. He was born June 3, 1921 in New England, WV, and was the son of Silas “Clarence” and Clara Satow Stephens.

He retired from Johns Manville as a production supervisor after 30 years and continued to meet once a month for breakfast with retirees. He was part of the McFriends Fellowship Group and supported “J-Dollars”. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Vienna for over 60 years, as a deacon, usher, past chairman of the board and various committees, as well as a member of the shrine choir and the men’s choir. He was a US Navy veteran of WWII in the South Pacific as the 1st Motor Machinist serving on the SC650 subfighter for 2 years and on the USS Navarro attack transport for 2 years. He loved nature and was an avid fan of WVU and the Big Reds, but mostly followed his grandchildren in their sporting activities.

Darrell is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ruth Kester Stephens; one daughter, Becky (Bob) Reynolds of Parkersburg; grandchildren, Zachary (Kristi) Litton of Rancho Mission Viejo, CA, Lindsey (Brad) VanDyke of Clemmons, NC, Brooke (Brad) Glover Belleair Beach, FL, Chance (fiancee Stephanie Chow) Litton of Charleston, SC; great-grandchildren, Logan, Reese, twins Cannon and Cadia, and Chase VanDyke, Kennedy and Declan Litton, Steele and Bishop Glover; siblings, Carlton Stephens of Washington, WV, Edward (Ruth) Stephens of Parkersburg, WV, Dean (Janet) Stephens of Washington, WV; sister-in-law, Margaret Stephens of Akron, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Harold, Russell and John Stephens; four sisters, Christine Moellendick, Pauline Doerr, Jean Piersol, Rosalia Hanna.

The family would like to thank Wyngate and his staff, Pastor Bill Brown and Pastor Dennis Pratt of the Vienna Baptist Church, as well as Dr William Tomlinson and his staff for all the exceptional care provided.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Pastor Bill Brown, Pastor Dennis Pratt and Reverend Mike Stephens officiating.

Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum with Military Rites by American Legion Post # 15.

Visitations will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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