Donald Lee “Corky” Stephens, age 61, of Lamar, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 9, 2018 while at work at Gilster Mary Lee Popcorn Plant in Jasper, following a courageous five-month battle with cancer.

   Corky was born July 13, 1956, in Culver City, California, the youngest of the three children of Don and Ellene (Onstott) Stephens. Moving with his family to Jasper, Missouri in 1958, he graduated from Jasper High School in 1975 and had worked at the Jasper Popcorn Plant for more than 30 years. An avid outdoorsman, Corky enjoyed horseback riding, participating in Civil War Re-enactments, trips on his Harley-Davidson, beachfront vacations, hunting for shark teeth, and spending time with family and friends.

     Preceding Corky in death were his parents, Don & Ellene; his brother, Mike; and a brother-in-law, Pat Long.

   On January 25, 1991, he married the love of his life, Pam Mason and she survives. Also surviving are his children, Eric Martinez, Kansas City, Kansas, April (Matt) Caruthers, Lamar, Amber Cornell, Carthage, and Tara Stephens, Joplin; a sister, Debbie Long, Lawrence, Kansas; and a sister-in-law, Freda Ann (Randy) Epperson, Springfield, Missouri; and several nephews and nieces. Corky delighted in his role as Papa to Michael, Courtney & Darin Caruthers, Kendel & Lanie Stephens, and Tyler & Shayla Harris.

     The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 12th at Daniel Funeral Home followed by a 5:00 p.m. gathering to celebrate Corky’s life at the home of Matt & April Caruthers, 102 South Grand Street, Lamar.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute in care of the funeral home.


#6 Jasper, MoJeannie Ellis 2018-05-12 18:39
Sorry for your loss. Corky was more than a co-worker, he was a friend. I was blessed to know his parents as well. Corky gave of himself to other's and will be remembered for his kindness, by many who were lucky enough to know him.
#5 Jasper, MoLeon and Melinda Wag 2018-05-12 13:47
Corky was a great guy and neighbor to us in Jasper. We can't make it to visitation but please know that your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry!
#4 Jasper, MoLeon and Melinda Wag 2018-05-12 13:38
Corky was a great guy and neighbor. He passed way too young. Prayers are with Pam and the family. We can't make the visitation but please know that we will miss him greatly.
#3 Jasper, MODee Collier 2018-05-12 01:11
I remember selling you your home in the country and selling your home in Jasper, You and Pam have been in my thoughts regularly and I’ll always remember what a hard worker you were. Bless you and your family.
#2 Clifton, CoKaren Swope 2018-05-11 06:19
I have so many memories of you and all the times we got to spend together. I will miss you so much.
#1 Pine Bluff, Ar.Janice Onstott 2018-05-10 22:38
My condolences to the family. Our family circle is getting bigger in Heaven. Corky sent me so many free lives on a game that we were playing. I will really miss playing that game with him he really helped me get thur some hard times.

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