Rev. Armour David Stephenson Jr., 49, of Lee's Summit, formerly of Marshall, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, in a plane crash.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Church Triumphant World Overcomers in Kansas City. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in XII Gates Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors in Kansas City.
Born Nov. 5, 1955, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Armour David Sr. and Thelma Ann Stephenson. On June 4, 1981, he married Shirley Fae Gilmore, who also died in the plane crash. He was a 1973 graduate of Marshall High School and a graduate of Park College in Parkville, where he received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology. He worked as a juvenile detention officer for 22 years for the Jackson County Juvenile Court and for McCune Home for Boys and various schools, including the Raytown C-2 School District. He and his wife began working in ministry at The Immaculate Temple Church in Kansas City. Ordained as a deacon in March 1991, he became pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Kansas City on March 16, 1995.
Survivors include four children, Michael D. Rahne, Armour David Stephenson III, Patrick Gene Stephenson and Gia Antoinette Stephenson; one sister, Ann White; five brothers, Anthony Stephenson, Rodney Stephenson, Troy E. Stephenson, Jewell L. Stephenson and David Spriggs; and one granddaughter.