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Joseph Joshua Stevens Jr., 71, died on March 14, 2011, after a brave battle with cancer.
Josh was born on March 13, 1940, in Mobile, Ala. to Joseph J. Stevens and Anna Mae "Bootsie" Smith Stevens.
Josh grew up in Macon, descended from a farming family with roots in Noxubee County dating back to the 1830's.
An Eagle Scout, he graduated from Macon High School in 1958. He attended Mississippi State University and Millsaps College, where he graduated in 1962. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. After earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi in 1966, Josh moved to West Point to practice law with the late Thomas M. Tubb.
Josh served as City Attorney for West Point and also as president of the Clay County Bar Association. He was past president and life member of the West Point Rotary Club, as well as a long-time board member of the Clay County Educational Foundation. Josh was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he taught the Friendly Fellowship and Men's Sunday School Classes.
Josh was predeceased in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Lenora Joseph Joshua Stevens, III (Kristen) of West Point; Thomas Rogers Stevens (Joanna) of Swarhmore, Pa.; James Michael Stevens (Sara) of Austin, Texas; Carolyn Stevens Rogers (Chandler) of New Albany; Simon Eli Lasky (Jennifer) of Oxford; and Celia Clair Lasky of West Point; grandchildren Anne Carlsson Stevens, Joseph Joshua Stevens IV, John Willis Stevens, Catherine Reese Neely, William Floyd Neely V, Scarlett Knight Stevens, Audrey Bettina Stevens, Wyatt Everly Stevens, and a number of dear nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Bryan, Larry Cooper, Robert Harrell, Willie Johnson, E.C. Jones, and Bill Lantz. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Clay County Bar Association, Circuit Court Judges, Chancery Court Judges, Clay County Court Judges, members of the Friendly Fellowship and Men's Sunday School Classes, Albert Lee, Daniel Irons, and Cooper Dixon.
Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in West Point with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating on March 17 at 11 a.m. a with graveside services to follow at Oddfellow's Cemetery in Macon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Oak Hill Academy or First United Methodist Church of West Point.