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|© The Guthrie News Leader|
|Thursday, August 10, 2006|
Funeral services for Michael Eugene "Mike" Stephens, 58, of Chickasha, will be held Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, in Chickasha.
Michael Eugene "Mike" Stephens passed away on August 8, 2006 in Oklahoma City. The younger child of Marvin and Margaret Stephens, Mike was born on October 10, 1947 in Weslaco, Texas. In 1950, his family moved to Miami, Oklahoma, where Mike graduated from Miami High School. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College and later graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1970. Mike married Shirley Jean Holman on August 30, 1969.
Upon graduation, Mike and Shirley began rewarding careers teaching agricultural education and serving as FFA advisors. He taught from 1970 to 1985 at Guthrie High School, and subsequently taught from 1985 until 2006 at Chickasha High School. During his 36 years in public education, Mike instructed hundreds of high school students and was blessed to develop wonderful friendships with many FFA students and families. Mike was recognized several times with teaching awards at the state and national level, and he was twice voted Chickasha High School's "Teacher Of The Year." Aside from teaching, Mike also raised Shorthorn cattle and was active in the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association. He previously served as a director of the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources at OSU. Mike was also a man of deep faith and a member of New Life Chiristian Church in Chickasha.
Mike was a gentleman who always possessed the finest sense of personal decency and integrity.
He was a loved son and faithful husband and father. Mike and Shirley shared the closest of bonds, as they raised two sons and taught in adjoining high school classrooms for 26 years.
Mike was a role model for his children and many FFA students. He never sought the spotlight or personal or professional awards, but his leadership and mentoring allowed hundreds of youth to achieve state and national success in FFA and livestock activities.
He is preceded in death by his father Marvin Stephens. He is survived by his wife Shirley Stephens of Chickasha; his mother Margaret Stephens of Chickasha; his two sons and daughters-in-law: Chris and Amy Stephens of Oklahoma City, and Shane and Katie Stephens of Phoenix, Arizona; and his brother and sister-in-law, Butch and Vicki Stephens of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, Mike Stephens Trust, 1500 West Seventh Avenue, Stillwater, OK 74074.
Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.
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