Troy Allen Stephenson, of Inez, Texas, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, with his loving family by his side at the age of 46. He was born in Cotulla, Texas, on Jan. 8, 1971, to Allen Boyd Stephenson and Sharon Lee Mercer Stephenson.
Troy worked at Victoria Bearing and Gulf Bolt for the past two years. Prior to that, he was employed in the oilfields across Texas, Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota. Troy was not only a wonderful husband and father, but he was selfless about spending time with his large extended family and countless friends. Passionate about being outdoors, many of his most memorable and serene times were spent hunting and fishing. Troy’s inherent generosity came from deep within his heart and soul, his only true desire to protect those he loved fiercely and to see them content. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and friend who impacted everyone he met by touching people’s hearts. Troy’s humble, kind and joyful nature has left its mark on hundreds of people – he was a gentle gentleman and all touched by his love are better people for that gift, tied together by deep sadness, but also tremendous gratitude.
Troy is survived by his loving wife of 15 years Jennifer Malek Stephenson, daughter Avereigh Gail Stephenson, son Clayton Allen Stephenson, devoted poodles Princess and Ginger, mother Sharon Lee Stephenson, father-in-law Ted “Buddy” Malek Jr., sister Kimberly (Rick) Stephenson Hall, brother Kevin Boyd Stephenson, brother-in-law Bowen (Melynn) Malek, brother-in-law Tyson Malek, nieces and nephews Myles Malek, Adysen Malek, Hailey Spradlin, Seth Hall, Kayla Hall, Scott Ashburn, Courtney Stephenson and Ted Stephenson, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Troy is preceded in death by his father Allen Boyd Stephenson, mother-in-law Barbara Gail Malek, brother Paul Andrew Stephenson, nephew Tre’ Hall III, grandparents LD and Edna Earl Stephenson, and grandparents Gilbert Mercer and Wilma Atkinson.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. in the Oaklawn Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at 3 p.m., in the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Inez. Burial followed in the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Edna. Rev. Barnabas Kyeah officiated.
Pallbearers were Bowen Malek, Tyson Malek, Rick Hall, Joshua Lovelady, Montana Carroll, Nathan Hodgkins, Ben Rogers and Taylor Schroller. Honorary Pallbearers were Kevin Stephenson, Edward Sralla, Lee Swenson, Michael McFarland, M.P. Wright IV, Matthew Matocha, Ricky Pfuhl, Andrew Hodgkins, Michael Adams, Patrick Serna, David Mercer, Bobby Mercer, Larry Waltman, Jeff Hellums and the men of Knights of Columbus Council 11351.
In lieu of flowers, donations under Troy’s name may be mailed to AIM at Melanoma, 3217 Bob O Link Court, Plano, Texas 75093. This organization was important to Troy, as our wish is to find a cure for melanoma so no more families will be affected by this devastating disease.
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