(ABANDA) Ronald Nathan Stephens, 83, of Abanda passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 12, at Trinity Baptist Church in Roanoke with funeral services following at noon. Burial will follow at the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Chambers County.

Mr. Stephens was born July 29, 1938, in Wadley. He attended Chambers County High School, followed by Southern Union Junior College and Auburn University. After living in Detroit, Birmingham and Montgomery, he returned to his home in Abanda in 1971 at which time he went to work for ACE Hardware in Roanoke until his retirement. Mr. Stephens was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for many years. He was also an avid Auburn University fan, having been a member of the Auburn Alumni Association and attending every home game possible until declining health interfered.

Mr. Stephens is survived by his sister, Bettye S. Wheeler of Wadley; nephew, Stephen C. Wheeler (Holly); niece, April W. Smith (Leroy); three great-nieces and one great-nephew; and special caregivers, Kimberly Harlow, Brenda Kennedy and Herbert Kimble. Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan and Thelma Parrish Stephens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (http://wwwstjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html).

Jeff Jones Funeral Home, LaFayette.