James Riley Stephens, age 86, of Paducah, Kentucky, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Baptist Health Paducah.
Riley was a graduate of Melber High School and proudly served his country for four years in the United States Army. He was a Christian who served as an ordained elder of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Margaret Hank Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a leader of the Webelo Cub Scouts, and a member of the Oil and Chemical Workers Union No. 550. Riley was an avid water skier, a fan of University of Kentucky Basketball and a licensed pilot who loved flying.
Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wanda Kimbel Stephens of Paducah; two sons, Joseph "Joe" Riley Stephens and wife Lori of West Paducah, and Eric Stephens of Florence, Kentucky; two granddaughters, Shelby Stephens of West Paducah and Sadie Stephens of Florence; his sister, Alberta Ingledue Conley and husband Marion of Springfield, Ohio; two special cousins, Mittie Davis Southerland and husband Joel and Marshall Davis and wife Alberta of Paducah; a niece and nephew; several Davis and Stephens cousins; special friends, Greg Myrick and wife Gretchen, and their children Owen and Molly.
Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Hamilton Stephens and Alta Christine Davis Stephens Ingledue; his sister, Alta Maurine Stephens; his uncle and aunt, Woodrow and Mary John Davis, who were like parents to him; and his cousin, Kent Davis.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Paducah, with urn burial to follow at Highland Park Cemetery in Mayfield, Kentucky.
The Rev. Chris Fleming will officiate.
A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Paducah.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Margaret Hank Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1526 Park Ave., Paducah, KY 42001.
You may leave a message of condolence or light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com.