Jacob Stanley Stevens
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Jacob Stanley Stevens
Jacob Stanley Stevens, 94, passed away Aug. 28, 2016. He was born in Wapanucka to his parents, Samuel H. and Kate (Fambrough) Stevens. Jacob was the seventh of nine children.
He went to school in Atoka County, at Pleasant Hill. Jacob lived on the farm until he was 19 years old, and did farm work. In March 1942, Jacob went to California and worked in Richmond Shipyard No. 2 until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1942. He went to Toccoa, Georgia, for parachute training and qualified as a paratrooper Jan. 1, 1943. He was in the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborn Division, also known as the Screaming Eagles.
In 1943, he went first to England, then Normandy, France, where he took part in the D-Day Invasion, June 6, 1944. June 13, 1944, he was wounded in combat and returned to the states in August. He was discharged in 1945. Jacob was awarded the Purple Heart, Victory Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, a Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal.
In 1946, Jacob went to work in the oil field and worked in drilling until 1968. He worked in eight different states and countries, including Argentina, Venezuela, Turkey and Libya.
Jacob married Ola Faye Claunch in 1947, one child was born to this union, Anthony Wayne Stevens. Jacob was baptized and joined Wapanucka Baptist Church in 1956. In 1968, Jacob married Hettie (Cain) Stevens and moved to a farm in Non. Jacob raised cattle for many years and raised dogs for 18 years in the American Kennel Club. Jacob played music for many dances in the area. He enjoyed playing the fiddle.
He is survived by his wife, Hettie of the home; two sons, Tony Stevens and wife, Dana, of Tupelo, Charles Coram and wife, Nina, of Vici; a daughter, Trva Hendrix of Las Cruces, New Mexico; a brother, Richard Stevens of Wapanucka; six grandchildren, Jennifer Sliger and husband, Dean, of Tupelo, Jessica Sliger and husband, Chris, of Tupelo, Jacob Babb and wife, Savannah, of Calvin, Angelina of Woodward, and Stephanie Loyd and Melissa Pastrama, both of Las Cruces, New Mexico; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, longtime friends and family.
Jacob was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Kate (Fambrough) Stevens; two brothers, Clarence and Jack Stevens; five sisters, Chessie Green, May Gibson, Ruth Gaddis, Gladys McCurry and Mary Taylor.
Graveside Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Sunnyside Cemetery in Vici. Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Brown's Funeral Service in Coalgate.
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