A celebration of life service for Sean Wesley Stephens will be held at 2:00 p.m., September 5, 2021 in the chapel of Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia, MS. with Bro. John Shackleford officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:00.
Sean Wesley Stephens went to be with Jesus on August 25, 2021 at Regional One Medical Center.
Sean was born on June 7, 1972 in Memphis, to Janet Manley (Erwin) of Paris, TN and Larry Gene Stephens of Memphis. He was the oldest of two boys, Michael Stephens being the youngest. Sean spent his childhood measuring houses with his father and spent many hours in the salon with his mother.
He graduated from Craigmont High School in 1991 where he played his favorite sport, hockey. He was quite an athlete also playing football and tennis. After high school he attended Southwest Community College. After college, he followed in his father’s footsteps and started the lifelong career of real estate appraisals for Shelby County. He adored the people he worked with and was meticulous with his work. He was a tenured and faithful employee of Shelby County for 25 years.
On September 14, 2004 his world changed when his daughter Jesica Elaine was born. She and Sean were inseparable from the start. Sean delighted in being a father more than any of his other titles. When Jesica was about 5 years old, Saturday mornings were spent having a standing order of hotcakes at McDonald’s. Sean and his father also made sure Jesica was acclimated to the water by putting together a kiddie pool for her to learn to swim. When Jesica began learning to ride a bike, the two would ride side by side and Jesica often got pushed further into the grass because Sean took up the sidewalk. Jesica also got all her driving lessons in her dad’s big Dodge truck. Every night, the two spent time together playing their favorite video games or watching their favorite movies or TV shows. Every Saturday in the summer, they would wake up early and do yard work together. Throughout Jesica’s life Sean taught her important life skills to be a successful, independent young woman. During her school career, Sean drove Jesica to school every morning which began both of their days with their morning talks.
Sean met the love of his life Krista through a mutual friend. It was fitting as she is a hairdresser like his mother. On their first date, she did something out of the ordinary and actually met him at his place for the date. Her first impression was that he had quite a dark goatee. She was intrigued, and he was smitten right from the start. He was so nervous on their date that first night and even backed into a parked truck as they left O’Charley’s. He also gained two more ladies in his life when he met Krista, as her daughters became just like his own. They wed on June 20, 2011 at sunset in Orange Beach, Alabama. Sean was always going along with Krista’s crazy and silly ideas. Just a couple months ago she decided to get him a bathing suit with her picture on it. She also got one for her with his face on it. He giggled and took it all in stride as they surprised their friends on their last trip to the river. Sean was diligent about expressing his love to Krista not only with his words but especially when it came to gifts for her. His last surprise was this year for their 10 th wedding anniversary. He told her he was going to have the two rings she wore daily, her wedding ring and her grandmother’s ring, cleaned so that on their anniversary they could recreate the photo of their hands from their wedding day. On the day of their anniversary, he surprised her with 10 new diamonds, one for each year set among two bands, and had them soldered to her grandmother’s ring. She was so surprised by his gift, good taste and creativity.
Sean always gravitated next to Krista’s daughter Alexus, as the family spent hours around the dinner table talking about their days. Sean and Alexus were both strong willed and each a force to be reckoned with. This came to a head frequently throughout Alexus’ teen years. She would repeatedly give him the silent treatment which he just met with the repeated phrase “Love you Lexy,” even when she wouldn’t respond. She’d always give in eventually. Sean was so proud of her for her academic accomplishments and scholarships. He regularly boasted to others that she was going to be his little doctor.
Sean and Ashton had a significant bond after surviving a fire. He always took Ashton on dinner dates that ended with ice cream at Dairy Queen. He was always tickling her feet because he loved her laugh. He would often rub her burn scar when they would sit at the table and talk. One of her first impressions of him was when she came to the house for the first time, she went in his closet and was surprised by the amount of clothes he had. Sean did like to shop, not only for himself but also for all his girls. Every mall trip included a stop at the Disney store. Last Christmas when TikTok was getting popular, he would love to sit with Ashton and watch and make TikTok for hours.
Sean loved all his girls deeply. He loved going on family trips to the river and taking them on cruises. Sean loved the outdoors, sports, and gaming. He taught Jesica how to play Halo on the Xbox when she was 5 years old. He also taught Ashton to play Call of Duty and told her good job, even though she knew she wasn’t any good. Sean enjoyed watching hockey, football, wrestling and Nascar with his best friend (since the first grade) David George.
Sean accepted Jesus as his savior faithfully keeping his cross around his neck at all times, except for surgeries or cleanings.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James “Bubba” Erwin and Stanislawa Irene Erwin, and his paternal grandparents, Carl W. Stephens and Lorraine Stephens, his aunt Lonnie Jean Jones, his uncle Winston Stephens, his father-in-law James West, brothers-in-law Levi Swanson and Daniel Brogden.
He is survived by his wife Krista of the home, daughters Ashton Mullins (21) Alexus Mullins (19) and Jesica Stephens (16) of the home, mother Janet and Bob Manley, father Larry Stephens, mother-in-law Glenda West, father-in-law Walter (Bull) & Val Swanson, brother Michael & Jennifer Stephens, brother-in-law Brandon and Heather Swanson, sister-in-law Alicia Brogden, brother-in-law James and Toni Sharp, sister-in-law Denise and Joe Harty, sister-in-law Jessica Swanson, sister-in-law Makena and Andy Boehm, brother-in-law Brigham Swanson, sister-in-law Myah Swanson, sister-in-law Hannah and JL Stradling, brother-in-law Macon Swanson and Ali Grounds, sister-in-law Melynn Purser, and slew of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
In the hope of saving a life and bringing more awareness to mental health, the family requests that any memorial donations be sent to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) foundation.
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