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Ernest Alvin Stephens, age 80

Ernest Alvin Stephens, age 80, of Mountain Pine, Arkansas, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.  He was born on September 4, 1939, in Natchitoches, Louisiana to the late Edwin Donald Stephens and Nonie McDonald Stephens.

Ernest was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, Uncle and friend to many.  He was a Brick Mason by trade and loved the great outdoors.

He is survived by children; Kathy, Lynn, Ernest Jr. and wife Nikki, Ranell and partner Julie, Terri and husband Tony, his grandchildren; Chanell, Shelia and husband Bubba, Josh, Tyler, Joey and Justin, his great-grandchildren; Damein, Devin, Kassie, Will, Gunner, Kayne, and Stella, his long term partner Madge, Patrick and Wife Tacha, Diana, Papa Ernie to John, wife and kids, Elizabeth and kids, Nicholas and Poppy to Riley Marie; Host of Nieces, Nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Donald, Thomas, Otis, Sonny and Joe and sisters; Jewel, Mildred, Emma Dee, Fay, and Estelle.

A family hosted memorial will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076.  501-982-3400.


  • Carey Harris Posted July 27, 2020 9:47 PM

    Praying for your family!❤

  • Elizabeth Rusher Posted July 28, 2020 1:13 PM

    Papa Ernie is so loved. He helped me so much after my husband and son died with daily messages and kind words. One of the sweetest men I know. I miss him today, tomorrow, and always. Keep Josh and MJ close papa, they need you

  • Melissa Edwards Posted July 28, 2020 1:15 PM

    Papa Ernie was So Very Loved. My boys, Caleb, Ethan, & Gavyn Absolutely Adored him. He will be truly missed. I cannot wait to reunite with him someday. Until then, we can all take comfort in the fact that he is walking with Jesus, pain free and with beautiful healthy lungs. Rest In Peace Papa Ernie… until we see you again.

  • Lonnie & Sharon Ford Posted July 28, 2020 1:46 PM

    We knew him as “Tubby” and we are praying for all his family.

    • Jr Tubbys boy Posted August 7, 2020 11:02 PM

      Thank you Mr an Mrs Ford yes Tubby is who he was and I will always be Tubbys boy thank y’all

  • Shirley Reyes Posted July 28, 2020 4:26 PM

    So sorry for your loss love y’all and praying for the family
    It was a pleasure to meet Ernest rih

  • Chris Mayfield Posted July 29, 2020 2:30 PM

    Sad to hear of his passing. I knew him as Tubby. I last saw him in the late 90s or early 2000s. RIP kind sir.

  • Jackie Basco Holley Posted July 29, 2020 8:19 PM

    I spent many a weekend at Lynn’s house in Sunset Acres growing up !! Always good times good food and Tubby coming in in the evening always giving us a hard time picking and always a great time he knew how to make you laugh !! Always a hard worker and provided for his family!! Great times I will always cherish May he RIP

  • LaDedria Dunigan Posted July 29, 2020 8:19 PM

    Sending love and prayers during this time of loss and grief.

  • Lucy Laughlin Posted July 29, 2020 9:23 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers. My heart hurts so much for you.

  • Mark Davis Posted August 26, 2020 11:56 AM

    He was one fine man and a wonderful friend. We will
    Mis you brother.

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