Sidney Earl Stephens, 78, Leavenworth, born July 7, 1940, quietly departed this Earth on May 25, 2019, at his home surrounded by the one thing he loved most: Family.

Sidney Earl Stephens, 78, Leavenworth, born July 7, 1940, quietly departed this Earth on May 25, 2019, at his home surrounded by the one thing he loved most: Family.
Born in Yanceyville, North Carolina, he was preceded in death by his parents, Vonnie Ervin Stephens and Ida Oliver Stephens along with his siblings, Haywood Stephens (brother), Edwin Stephens (brother) and Doris Stephens Milton (sister).  
Sidney married his high school sweetheart, Bobbie Joyce Day on Nov. 22, 1959. This was also the same year he purchased his first car, a 1949 Plymouth that he named “My Blue Heaven”. From this union four beautiful children were born, Debra Diane Taber, Leavenworth, Dennis James Stephens (wife Julie), Leavenworth, Linda Gayle Johnson, Leavenworth, Randall Thomas Stephens (wife Tammy), Leavenworth.
Sidney graduated from Bartlett Yancey High school in Yanceyville, North Carolina, in 1958. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University. In January 1976, he enlisted in the United States Army and he spent 22 years serving his country. He completed Basic Training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, after which he spent one year in Korea (1960-1961), two years in Fort Jackson, South Carolina (1961-1963), three years in Augsburg, West Germany (1963-1966, 1970-1973) and eight years at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (1973-1981) where he retired as a Master Sergeant. He was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Accommodation Medal (2x), Good Conduct Medal (7x), Foreign Service Medal, Expert Marksman, Sharp Shooter, and Combined Service Medal.
After retirement he chose to sell real estate and also was employed with the VA as a police officer. He later returned to Fort Leavenworth and worked as a civilian at the USDB from 1983-2002. After his retirement, Sidney chose to travel with his wife, Bobbie until her passing in 2006. In his later years, he spent time with his companion, Joyce Mohan, who remained alongside him, throughout his last days. Sidney sought to do those things that brought him comfort, such as bowling with Joyce and other good friends; fishing with Bob, and simply enjoying life to the fullest.
He leaves to mourn a sister, Evelyn Stephens Harrison, his four children, 10 grandchildren, Samantha, Benjamin, Vincent, Kelsey, Amanda, Rebecca, Jessica, Elizabeth, Joshua, and Corey, 17 great-grandchildren and host of other family members, acquaintances and friends.
We are saddened by the homegoing of such a great man who was diligent in exemplifying what family truly means, with the last of his days spent at home, no one will go unnoticed as to the numerous hours spent caring for him by his children, countless hours at his doctor appointments by Joyce Mohan, and the comfort and love all of his grandchildren and friends committed to ensuring his happiness. All of whom were with Sidney until God called him home. Family was his greatest motivation and he and his love was their remedy.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Calvary Baptist Church.  A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, at the church, with Rev. Mike Scrivani officiating. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery.