Noah Stephens of Lavalette
Noah Stephens, 88, of Lavalette, W.Va. passed away August 20, 2012 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, W.Va. Noah, born February 29, 1924 in Wayne, W.Va. to William Tolbert and Effie (Aliff) Stephens, was married to Lorene Russell on June 21, 1947.
Noah served in the U.S. Army 94th Infantry Division during World War II. During the Battle of the Bulge, Noah and his platoon were surrounded behind enemy lines for 11 days. For gallantry in action during that time, Noah was awarded the Silver Star and Combat Infantry Badge. Other awards include the Expert Rifleman, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, and three campaign stars for service in Northern France, the Ardennes, and the Rhineland. Noah worked in the coal mines of West Virginia and as a tool and die repairman and machinist. Later in life, Noah became an entrepreneur, owning trucking and building companies and contributing to other companies. He continued to operate N&S Construction with his son, Gary, until his death.
In 2008 Noah was honored by the West Virginia Legislature. A bridge in Dickson, W.Va., near his home, was named the Noah Stephens Bridge in honor of his service during World War II. In 2010, he received the title of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. This is the highest award that the Republic of France can bestow upon a civilian.
Noah was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Russell Stephens, and his son, Noah Delmas Stephens, and his nine siblings. Noah is survived by his two sons and their wives, Lemuel and Carolyn Stephens, and Gary and Brenda Stephens; his daughter and her husband, Shelia and Ford Newman; five grandchildren, Steve, John, and Rebecca Stephens and Spencer and Chelsea Newman; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Pastor Otis Bowens officiating. Burial will follow in the Stephens Cemetery. Friends and family may visit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
For 35 years Noah ensured that the Stephens Cemetery was maintained, so in lieu of flowers, the Stephens family is requested to make contributions to the Stephens Cemetery Fund, 848 Marshall Memorial Road, Kenova, WV 25530.