John Robert Sexton Stephens, 70, of Oneida, passed away September 2, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Born in Scott County, November 8, 1948, TN. He pastored Heartland Full Gospel Church from 2003 to 2017, and sang with the New Jubilee’s.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Taylor Stephens; father, Homer Sexton; brother, Ray Sexton; grandparents, Calvin and Minnie Stephens and Dan and Katherine Sexton; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Sills and Royce Caudill.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Stephens of Oneida; children: John C. Stephens of Winfield, Clayton (Christy) Stephens, Billy and Beth Stephens, and Tabitha Bowling-Stephens of Oneida; mother, Flora Sexton of Oneida; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, sisters: Linda Caudill, Sharon (John) O’Barr, Helen (Jim) Yancey, Kim (Frank) Foster, and Lois (Robert) Wright; brothers, Curley (Barb) Sexton and Joe (Melissa) Sexton; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was conducted September 4, at Little Charity Ministries with Bro. Joe West, Bro. Donnie Silcox, and Bro. Daniel Woods officiating. Music was provided by Sam Yancey, Shepard’s Way, and The Neal Family. Graveside service was conducted September 5, at Carson Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements by West-Murley Funeral Home.