Dr. James E. Stephens, age 87 of Summerville, GA passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Dr. Stephens was born in Flint, Michigan on May 25, 1930, son of the late James William Stephens and Marie Thorne Stephens.  He was a member of the Trion Evangelical Presbyterian Church, was an Elder in the EPCA and was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Navy.  Dr. Stephens had a medical practice in Robbinsville, NC for many years prior to retiring to the Chattooga County area approximately 17 years ago.  He was heavily involved in the community and spent countless hours helping to train emergency personnel and first responders in Robbinsville.  Dr. Stephens was a devoted family man; loved woodworking, gardening, and bird watching.  He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Freda Alice Buckner Stephens on March 20, 2013; two sisters, Glenda Harper and Patsy Edwards and a brother, Charles Romines.

Dr. Stephens is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James Thomas “Jim” and Kathryn Stephens; daughter, Janet Susan Stephens; three grandchildren, James Francis Stephens, Jacob Andrew Stephens and Marie Hongwei Jennings Stephens; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Dr. Stephens will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. in the Trion Evangelical Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Flannagan officiating.  Interment will follow at 4:30 P.M. in the Buckner Family Cemetery in Mars Hill, NC with Rev. Stanley Peek officiating.

The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Gideons International, PO Box 140800, NashvilleTN  37214-0800.

Coffman Funeral Home, Petitt Chapel is honored to be serving the family of Dr. James E. Stephens.