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He was born November 25, 1952, in Dallas, Texas, to Vernon Edward Stinson and Doris (Townsend) Stinson.
Stephen grew up in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas and later moved to Garland, Texas, where he remained until his move to Royse City eight years ago. He worked at Globe Battery Division/Johnson Controls and was previously a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Garland.
Stephen had a passion for playing guitar and singing. He was told he looked like Willie Nelson, so jokingly referred to himself as "Chili Nelson." He loved horses and was also a great cook. Those who knew Stephen will miss his engaging personality and his colorful storytelling.
He is survived by his sisters: Cynthia Stinson Johnson and Trudi Stinson; cousins: Reggie Hays, Zachary Hays and Michael Hays; nephew: James O'Neill; nieces: Stacy Hunter, Abby Stinson, Hannah Stinson and Sarah Stinson; great nephew: Matt Hunter; great nieces: Kylie Hunter and Katlyn O'Neill; and great-great nephew: Aiden Rodriguez.
Stephen is also survived by his very good friends, Rich and Terri Miller, and so many others in his neighborhood and at the Royse City Senior Center.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Royse City Location. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park, Rockwall.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at the funeral home, prior to the funeral service, beginning at 1:00 pm.
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