The Rev. Mr. Arman Stephens
Arman Stephens, 80, died on the 27th of May in Bethany, Oklahoma. He was born July 13, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Reverend W.K. Stephens and Lorene Wilson Stephens. He married Dee Teague on August 14, 1959. Arman pioneered and pastored many churches. He continued to minister through worship and preaching all throughout the United States and other nations. Arman enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and hunting. Above all, he was devoted to his family and was readily available to anyone who needed Godly counsel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. W.K. Stephens and Lorene Stephens, and his older brother, Sherrill Stephens.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dee Stephens of Bethany; 3 children, Greg Stephens and wife Michelle of Ft. Worth, TX, Tonya Clark and husband Mike of Flower Mound, TX, Trey Stephens and wife Gina of OKC; 10 grandchildren, Kristen, Christian, Olivia, Regan, Madison, Rachel, Jon Marc, Matthew, Benjamin, and Mitchell; 2 great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Gwen.
Viewing will be Wednesday, June 3, 9am-9pm, with family present from 6-8pm at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service. Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 4th at 11:00 am at The Gate Church, 7700 N. Council Rd., OKC.
[Editor's Comment: I met Pastor Arman Stephens when I was president of Southwestern College, now Southwestern Christian University. The Pentecostal Holiness Church he pastored was not far from the campus of Southwestern. Arman was an energetic, outgoing pastor. I remember that he was active and involved in the events of our college. I remember our athletic department sponsored a fund-raising event where we played basketball on the backs of donkeys. The coaches got Dr. Vinson Synan and me to play baketball in that game. I remember the competitive nature of Arman and his great desire to win the game. In fact, I think the alumni won the game over faculty and staff of the college.
The church where the memorial service will be conducted is where Bishop Tony Miller is the pastor. It was built by my friend, Ron Dryden. Ron was a great singer. I knew Ron and his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Leverne Dryden, and his sister.
My good friend, the Rev. Dr. Leroy Baker will be preaching Arman's funeral. I wish I could be there to hear Leroy preach.]