October 12, 1924 ~ March 28, 2022

Born in: Philadelphia, PA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jack Stephens, 97, of Asheville, NC passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Socrates Stephens and Sophie Baron Stephens. He was also preceded in death his wife, Jetty Shelton Stephens.

He served our country in the United States Army during WWII and was awarded a Purple Heart in the European Theatre.

He was a devoted husband who tirelessly cared for his wife during her two year illness and subsequent death. Together they designed and built their house. He was a loving family man and enjoyed working in the yard. He retired from Asheville Steel where he served as Vice-president of Production.

He is survived by his son; Jack Stephens, Jr. (Marc Mullinax), and his daughter; Sophie Stephens; two grandchildren; Paul (Tamara) Roberts and Stephanie (Ronnie) Garris; four great grandchildren; Dara and Abigail Garris and Torre and Randi Roberts; two great-great grandchildren; Hudson and Bladen Harris. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Myers.

A graveside service is planned for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated and may be sent to the Tunnel Road Location of Groce Funeral Home.


Graveside Service: April 9, 2022 2:00 pm

Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Having worked with Jack for many years, I have lots of memories. He was patient with the younger, inexperienced employees and spent many hours with me. Jack played a large roll in inspiring me to continue my career in the structural steel business. I’m thankful for having known him. May God bless all of his family.
    Phil Sorrells


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