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James Benjamin Stephenson

June 2, 1932 ~ April 21, 2021 (age 88)

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James Benjamin Stephenson, 88, of New Albany, Indiana, died on April 21, 2021 at Baptist Health- Floyd in New Albany, Indiana.  He was born on June 2, 1932 in Milltown, Indiana to the late Paul R. and Leoma (Walk) Stephenson.


He was a United States Air Force Veteran and was stationed in Tripoli, Libya for 18 months during his four year tour of duty.  He was a former manufacturing laborer for Gunnison Homes, a sales representative for Woodburn Printing, and was a coordinator in egineering and sales for nearly 30 years for the Ford Motor Company.


Jim was a 1950 graduate of Milltown High School and earned his Business Degree at Indiana University in 1960 where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He was a devoted family man and to his parents.  Jim enjoyed numerous interests, which included travelling, shopping, and collecting antiques, and trying different ethnic foods.  He was a sports enthusiast and loved vintage cars.  Other interest included researching history, geology, and geography.  Jim was known for his excellent memory and was a strong Democrat.  He purchased a farm in his earlier years in Crawford County, near Grantsburg, Indiana, where he enjoyed entertaining family and friends.  He was an animal lover, especially dogs and horses and was a supporter of conservation and wildlife.


Jim will alway be remembered for his kind personality and always wearing a smile.


He is survived by his former wife and caregiver, Donna L. Stephenson of New Albany, Indiana; step sons:  Bard Lowry (Lea) of Covington, Kentucky and Derin Lowry (Marina) of Los Angeles, California; sisters:  Lotus J. Malotte of Lanesville, Indiana and Ladorra A. Spencer of Milltown, Indiana; nieces and nephews:  David Kerrin Hurst, Linda Allen, Patty Wyman, Tim Stephenson, Sherry Fow, Jay Malotte, Tami Griswold, and Troy Spencer; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June Hurst; brother, Larry Stephenson; nieces and nephews:  Lana Harbeson, Steven Hurst, Vicki Hurst, Janine Shockley, and Todd Spencer.


A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Brown Funeral Home in Milltown, Indiana is entrusted with the arrangements.

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