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Dr. Julius Middleton "J.M." Stephenson

Born: Thu., Jul. 15, 1920
Died: Sat., May 5, 2018


2:00 PM Tue., May 08, 2018
Location: Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home

Masonic Service

7:00 PM Tue., May 08, 2018
Location: Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Wed., May 09, 2018
Location: Burkesville First United Methodist Church

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Dr. Julius Middleton "J.M." Stephenson, age 97 1/2 of Burkesville, Kentucky, who was the oldest practicing dentist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Medical Center in Bowling Green. He was born on Crocus Creek in the Bakerton community of Cumberland County, Kentucky on July 15, 1920 to the late Silas A. and Emma Vaughn Stephenson.  As a young man Dr. Stephenson was called to serve his country in the military serving three years, three months, and seven days.  He served overseas duty in Europe under the leadership of General George S. Patton where he received the Purple Heart during battle in Luxembourg and the Bronze Star Medal at the Siegfried Line in Germany.  He was the last living founding member of Cumberland County VFW Post 5419.  

He was a 1941 graduate of Marrowbone High School, a 1947 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College, and a 1949 graduate of Western Kentucky University. Dr. Stephenson entered the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in the fall of 1949 where he graduated in June 1953.  He returned to his hometown of Burkesville, Kentucky and began his dental practice on June 29, 1953, practicing dentistry until his death. He was joined in his dental practice by both of his children.  Dr. Stephenson was a life member of the American Dental Association, a sixty-five year member of the Kentucky Dental Association, and a member of the South Central Dental Society where he was secretary/treasurer for forty years.  

He was united in marriage to Hazel Christine Bybee on August 19, 1949 in Columbia, Kentucky.  Dr. Stephenson was a very active member of Burkesville First United Methodist Church for many years.  He became a member of Cumberland Lodge #413 F & AM in November 1956 and was also a member of the Scottish Rite.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hazel Stephenson, one daughter, Angela Stephenson, one sister, Geneva Coffey, and three brothers, James, Roy, and Wayne Stephenson.

Survivors Include:
Two Children- Dr. Mary Todd Stephenson and Dr. John Glynn Stephenson both of Burkesville, Kentucky
His Daughter-in-law- Pamela Stephenson of Burkesville, Kentucky
Two Grandchildren- Madeline Jean Stephenson and Kyle Miller Stephenson both of Burkesville, Kentucky
Two Nephews- Joe Stephenson of Tampa, Florida and Dale Appleby of Burkesville, Kentucky
Two Nieces- Dr. Jane Bybee Myers of Boston, Massachusetts  and Susan Bybee Steele of Lexington, Kentucky

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Burkesville First United Methodist Church with burial in Burkesville Cemetery with military honors. 
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home beginning at 2 PM and continuing until 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday

Masonic Rites will be conducted at 7 PM on Tuesday evening at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home.  The lodge will open at 6 PM 
Flowers are welcome, but donations are encouraged to Lindsey Wilson College in Dr.Stephenson's memory. 


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John Chowning
   Posted Mon May 07, 2018
On behalf of the Chowning family, please know of our prayers and thoughts. Dr. Stephenson was a fine Christian man and excellent dentist. He touched the lives of thousands of people through his practice. May God bless you.

Gary Lane
   Posted Mon May 07, 2018
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Stephenson. He was a fine man, always smiling and enjoying life. Many students benefited from his generosity at Lindsey Wilson College. He was a member, for many years, of the Lindsey Wilson National Alumni Council. I have known him for most of my life, having fished with him and Kenneth Ballou many times on Lake Cumberland. He and his wife, Hazel, were great friends of Kenneth and Stella and always made us feel welcome when we were in his presence. I will miss my visits with him at the various Lindsey Wilson functions.

Gary and Doris Lane

Shawn, Renee, David and Doris Morrow
   Posted Mon May 07, 2018
We would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of such a fine man. He took care of us almost 40 years with most of his work still in place. We had many great conversations and really enjoyed his stories. He will always be known for his generosity and kindness to all. We will miss him greatly and missed him greatly at our last appointment. He was the best and there is no way of replacing him. We were both graduates of Lindsey Wilson and have many fond memories. We want to express our appreciation for all the years of dedication he had to all. Your in our thoughts and prayers. On behalf of your whole family may you find comfort in all the fond memories he has given us all. He will always be a part of us. May God bless you all.

Suzanne Wells Miell
   Posted Mon May 07, 2018
Dr. Stephenson was my dentist for decades, from infancy until I moved away from Kentucky as an adult, and I thought the world of him. He and my mother would chat about politics while my teeth were being cleaned. Twice a year we drove from Columbia to Burkesville for a check up and cleaning. My sympathy goes to Todd and John. John, those were great years lifeguarding at Lake Cumberland. I know your dad was very proud of you.

Suzanne Wells Miell

Marcia R Burlen
   Posted Mon May 07, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Marcia Burlen

Don Davis
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
Such a good churchman and my good friend while I was DS at Campbellsville. He came on several occasions to worship with us at State Street UMC in Bowling Green after I was appointed there in1987. He was always a supporter of my ministry. A good man for sure. God bless those who loved him the longest and will miss him the most!

Jim & Jane Dorroh
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
John , Pam and children I saw the obituary in the Courier Journal this morning and just want to extend our condolence to you on your father passing I called Charles Dorroh in Hopkinsville and told them about your father passing.

Jim Badgett
   Posted Thu May 10, 2018
Mary Todd, I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Stephenson's passing. He was my dentist when I lived in Burkesville, and was a fine and friendly gentleman. I hope you are doing well, and so proud that you too have become a dentist.
Jim Badgett

Roger &Donna Smith
   Posted Fri May 11, 2018
Dear Todd & John,

Donna and I could not be at the services for Dr. Steve due to some previous comittments, but you were in our thoughts and prayers. Since I have been in the area, Dr. Steve always was one of my favorite dentists in the Society. I always found him to honest and true to his word. It was an honor to call him a friend, as well Todd and John. Please accept our deepest sympathy. God be with you both.

   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
My condolences to the family. Cousin "Dude," my sister Mary Marvin Porter, and I had some quality time together a few years back when we all happened to visit kin in Clinton County. It was the first time I had seen him since the Stephenson Reunions in Albany when I was in grade school.

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