William "Bill" Stevenson, 82, of Clay City, formerly of Putnamville and Rockville, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. He had been in failing health for three years.
Born Oct. 8, 1922, in Shepardsville, Ind., he was the son of William and Laverna Bettee Stevenson. When young, his family moved to southern Clay County. He attended school in Coalmont and was a member of the Friendly Grove Baptist Church in Lewis. He served the church many years as Sunday School superintendent and in other capacities. He later belonged to Reelsville United Methodist Church.
He served in the military during World War II and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW in Clay City.
After the war, he worked for the state highway department and later as a correctional officer at Putnamville Correctional Facility. He retired from there after 27 years.
Survivors include his wife, Iris Griffith Stevenson, whom he married Jan. 1, 1994; his children, Bill Ray Stevenson and wife, Becky, of Rockville, Donald Stevenson and wife, Frances, of Reelsville and Roger Stevenson and wife, Vicki, of Bloomington, Ill., Virginia "Jenny" Giles and husband, Jack, of Putnamville; stepchildren, Peter Goble and wife, Shelle, of Isle of Palm, S.C., Patty Terrell of Bloomington, Ind., Lisa Trigg and husband, Tim, of Greencastle, Roger Meyer and wife, Julie, of Portland, Ore.; 14 grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 17 stepgreat-grandchildren; four brothers, Charles Stevenson and wife, Vivian, of Shelburn, Ind., Harvey Stevenson and wife, Thelma, of Plainfield, Ind., Jim Stevenson and wife, Mary, of Niles, Mich., and Warren Stevenson and wife, June, of Lewis, Ind.; two sisters, Anna Denny and husband, Norman, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Wilma Bolinger and husband, Jerry, of Coamont; a brother-in-law, Orvan Rehmel of Coalmont; a sister-in-law, Donna Butts, of Florida; many nieces, nephews and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruth Pauline Brown Stevenson, in December 1993; a sister, Susie Rehmel; three brothers, Robert, Oliver and Arthur Stevenson; a grandson, James Allan Giles; and a stepdaughter, Jo Kay Romine.
Services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Friendly Grove Baptist Church in Lewis with the Rev. Phil Badger and the Rev. Harold Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Putnamville Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home and Tuesday at the church, one hour prior to services.
Ther American Legion and the VFW Post in Clay City will provide military graveside services.