Joseph Robert “Jody” Stevens III, 80, was born August 14, 1940 in Greenwood,and went to God on September 26, 2020.
He was born to Joseph Robert Stevens II and Mary Ida Lee Stevens of North Carrollton. As a young man he attended the University of Mississippi. In 2005, he returned to college and graduated from UALR with honors. He was a member of Sigma Chi and and the UALR Alumni Association.
Mr. Stevens opened his real estate office in 1974 and operated Stevens Realty for 44 years. In 1981, he moved into an office building on Foxcroft Road, managed it and then owned it for 30 years.
In 1981, he obtained his private pilot license and enjoyed flying to Mississippi in his small plane to see family and friends. He enjoyed athletic activities, basketball, softball, tennis, and golf, and loved working outdoors at his home.
Mr. Stevens was a young member of North Carrollton UMC and in 1991 became a member of Winfield UMC in Little Rock for 22 years.
At Winfield he taught Sunday School, a member of the Chancel Choir and worked with the Men’s Club projects. He was a true gentleman, and known for his kindness. He looked for the best in everyone and always believed in giving a person a second chance. Mr. Stevens was predeceased by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Sandra, a sister Betty Turnipseed (Alton) of Carrollton, a brother William L. Stevens (Beverly) of Oxford, and many adored nieces and nephews, He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
There will be no services in Little Rock. After cremation, a memorial gathering will be held at a later date in Evergreen emetery
in North Carrollton.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, United Methodist Foundation, Evergreen Cemetery, or a favorite charity.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew-
and While with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
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