Cornelious Wyndoll Stephens was born on a farm in Haskell County, on June 3, 1938 to Cornelious Washington Stephens and Virgie Ozelle Tankersley. He grew up on the farm, working closely with his father where he developed a love of farming and a deep understanding of all things mechanical. While in high school he found the love of his life, Zada Ann Hester who later became his wife.
During the first eight years of marriage, Wyndoll worked on the farm until he sought an opportunity with El Paso Natural Gas Company. His tenure at El Paso Natural Gas lasted for 30 years until his retirement. During his final years at El Paso Natural Gas his role required a large amount of travel in which Ann was able to join him. Together they developed a love of traveling, so upon his retirement he purchased an RV. For the next eight years he and Ann lived full time in the RV and traveled the United States, visiting 48 of the 50 states.
Wyndoll was a worker in every sense of the word and was always extending a helping hand to friends and strangers. A lover of God and family, he was highly sought for his wisdom and helpful advice that he humbly offered. In 2004 Wyndoll and Ann slowed down on their traveling and bought a home in Katy to be near their sons, daughters in law and grandchildren.
Cornelious Wyndoll Stephens passed away on Sept. 24, 2020.
He is survived by his wife Zada Ann Stephens; sons Randy Stephens and wife Robin, Rodney Stephens and wife Sheila; grandchildren Jessica, Desiree, Christopher, Colton, Canyon and Caitlin; and great grandchildren Keller, Kyle and Avery.
He was preceded in death by father Cornelious Washington Stephens and mother Virgie Ozelle Tankersley; sisters Lucille Lummus, Wynelle Roberts and Peggy Guinn.
A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 at St. Peters United Methodist Church in Katy, with Rev. Whitney Peper officiating. The memorial service was streamed live on the internet for those unable to attend. Graveside services were held Oct. 10 in Knox City, with Rev. Paul Chambers officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. www.stpkaty.org >Give >Make a One-Time Gift >Special Gift Memo “Wyndoll Stephens”
Funeral services were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home.