William Lee ‘Billy’ Stephens

William Lee “Billy” Stephens, 45, of Rayville, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at his home.

William was born Feb. 10, 1970, in Kansas City, Mo., the only child of Eldon and Kathy (Howard) Stephens. He married Cheri L. Johnson, of Kansas City, Mo., June 11, 1988; she survives of the home.

Additional survivors include: six sons, Brett Stephens, of Rayville, Cody Stephens (Leah), of Rayville, Troy Stephens, of Rayville, Dustin Niehouse, of Kansas City, Mo., Aaron Stephens (Brittney), of Rayville and Dylan Niehouse, of Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Brandi Racy (Cole), of Excelsior Springs and Crystal Stephens, of Chillicothe and nine Grandchildren.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents.

Billy was raised and educated in Kansas City, Mo., and had been a resident of Rayville since 2001. He was a self-employed mechanic working out of his home garage in Rayville. He enjoyed cars, his family and motorcycles. Billy was one of those guys who was always there when you needed a hand, whether you were family, friends or a complete stranger. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the William Lee “Billy” memorial fund.

Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. Memorial services follow at 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left to the family at

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