, Port Arthur, Texas

February 1, 2013

Abraham Lincoln Stephens

The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —   Deacon Emeritus Abraham Lincoln Stephens of Port Arthur, TX, was born on February 12, 1927. He passed away peacefully and transitioned on to glory on January 27, 2013 at the age of 85.

   Abraham Lincoln loved his family dearly. He always had a kind and positive word and rooted himself and his family in the Word of God and their church, First Sixth Street Baptist Church, of which he was a dedicated deacon and active church member and leader.

   He is survived by his best friend and caring wife, Emma Lois Stephens, his loving daughters Debra Reed (Alvin),  Donna Blackmon, Julie Luton (John),  Shannon Williams, his treasured sons Calvin (Sandra), Ronald, Reginald (Barbara), Randy (Linda) and Bryan (Angela) Stephens;  16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren  and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   He attended Lincoln High School of Port Arthur, TX and graduated in the class of 1944.

   Abraham Lincoln went on to a respected career as a warehouse manager at Sabine Towing and Transportation and when he wasn't working, he always made time for his hobbies which included church activities at First Sixth Street, time with family, fishing, reading, socializing, watching sports and playing dominoes with friends.

   Abraham Lincoln Stephens was a man of few words but in those few words, there was power and great meaning.

His quiet smile and modest nod were an honest sentiment to a simple phrase he uttered often..."You done good..."  

   As the sun set on his life at dawn on his last day, God spoke those words to him as he called his good and faithful servant home.

   A wake is scheduled from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at First Sixth Street Baptist Church.  Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a .m.  Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the church with Rev. Thurman Bartie officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.

   He is loved but most of all, his legacy is what abounds in the spirit of his family and friends.