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Henry Scott Stephens, age 58, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Branford, Florida on Saturday February 3, 2018. On August 5, 1959, Joyce and Lloyd Stephens welcomed twins Scott and Susie into a large and loving family in Gainesville, FL where Lloyd worked as a brick and block mason. The family moved to Live Oak, FL in 1968 when a position became available at a new Vocational School which allowed Scott's father to teach his valuable trade to others. Scott joined this program as a high school junior, eventually becoming a member of the Vo-Tech crew that built the Branford High School football stadium, and later he and his father worked side by side in the family masonry business.
During his childhood, Scott was an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, singing in the choir and serving as acolyte. He rode motocross, loved and played sports and doing anything connected with hunting, camping and fishing.
Following his high school graduation, Scott joined the United States Air Force and spent the next 23 years proudly serving his country, first with the Security Police Squadron then later as an instructor in the handling of hazardous materials at military installations all over the world. He was very proud that he has grandsons who now serve this country, too.
After his retirement from the Air Force, Scott returned to Live Oak where he spent the last 10 years as Executive Director of Live Oak Public Housing Authority. His military training, leadership skills and his dedication were instrumental in turning this HUD property in to a nationally recognized development. For the past year, he had quietly worked on plans to develop an affordable housing project in Live Oak and had recently presented his ideas to the City Commission.
Despite the long hours required as Housing Director, Scott always made time for his family and friends, never missing a wedding, a birth or birthday party, a christening or confirmation. He was there for ballgames, awards presentations and graduations. He walked a niece down the aisle and helped a great-nephew catch lizards. He was there to help a friend learn to back a boat trailer and he was there to be a pallbearer for that friend's son and father. He loved his Mama and took great joy in stocking her freezer with goodies, tackling any repair job that may come along and fulfilling any request she may have.
His sense of humor was unparalleled and his facial expressions and sound effects could make any story the funniest you've ever heard. He was heard to say he felt like he was put on this earth to help people. Scott, a fiercely proud patriot, was preceded in death by his hero, his father Henry Lloyd Stephens and his infant daughter Stephanie. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Beckham Stephens, his twin sister, Susie (Brant) Helvenston, his sisters Nancy Stephens and Pat (Dave) Flynn, his brothers Michael (Annette) Warren and Johnny Stephens. He leaves his beloved wife Anissa (Terry) Stephens, his children Priscilla (Stephens) Owens, Jeremy Stephens, Jonathan Allen, Melissa Stephens, Savannah Stephens, Secily (Donald) Johnson and Joshua Douberly, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews whom he loved with all his heart.
A viewing will be held Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Daniel's Funeral Home, 1126 Ohio Ave, Live Oak. Funeral services will take place Friday, February 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1391 SW 11th Street, Live Oak. Scott will be laid to rest at Live Oak Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to: Helping Heroes Fly, P.O. Box 337623, Greeley, CO 80633, a worthy organization making it possible for enlisted military personnel to fly home to be with family for important life events.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.
Published on February 6, 2018
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