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Ronald Ron Chris Stephens

October 18, 1950 ~ August 31, 2010

Ronald Chris Stephens was born Oct. 18, 1950, in Lake Charles and passed away August 31, 2010, at Christus St. Patrick Hospital. He lived in Westlake for the past 24 years. He was 59.


He married the love of his life, Wanda Harvey, on Jan. 9, 1981, and they shared a lifelong joy for playing golf. Ron's other great passions included LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints football, and he was an avid fisherman. He considered his barbecuing and crawfish boiling a matter of pride. He was a gracious host and servant to all who entered his home, and it was a rare occasion when someone left his home hungry.


Ron was a grocery store manager for most of his life. He finished his career with Market Basket, running the Moss Bluff store for the past few years. He took great pride in being considered an important part of the Market Basket team, for whom he had tremendous respect and love.


Ron was preceded in death by his father, Harris Stephens, sister Jackie LeDoux, grandparents Rose and Willie Berzas and Evelina and Alfred Stephens, daughter Sheila Denise Breaux, granddaughters Casey Marie Magness and Autumn Elaine Basham, and grandson Alex Lamar Basham and numerous others.


Ron is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mabel and Harold Earl Featherston of Lake Charles; sisters and brothers-in-law Karen Williams of Baton Rouge, Lisa and Scott Newman of Baytown, Texas, and Angie and Keith Brown of Ragley; daughter and son-in-law Wendy and Robbie Magness of Westlake; son-in-law Lynn Breaux of Baytown, Texas; son and daughter-in-law Terry and Christina Basham of Baytown; daughter Deshelle Stephens Tarver and significant other Byron Canter of Westlake; daughter Alexis Stephens and fiance' Sean Coleman of Westlake; long-time sons-in-law Nick Tarver and Ricky LeJeune; many friends and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.


One of the great joys of Ron's life was his grandchildren: Christopher and Jamie Fruge; Jason, Tasha, Shawna, Devon and Jacob Breaux; Timothy, Derian and Braden Magness; Sierra, Gabriel, and Abigail Basham; Jacie Tarver; Shelbee LeJeune and Berlynn Coleman, and Mia and Demi Canter.


Family will gather at 4 p.m. Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home, and visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. There will be a rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Consolata Cemetery in Lake Charles. The Rev. Bill Miller and Pastor Rocky East will officiate.

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  1. As a member of the Newman family only a short while I do remember Ron well. Always was greeted with a smile and a friendly hello. My condolences to Scott and Lisa and Mr. and Mrs Featherston.

  2. Dear Mrs. and Mr. Featherston, Kitty, Lisa and Angie,I am so sorry to learn of Ronnie's passing. My heart is broken to find that Jackie is gone also. I have been trying for years to find her. I have such fond memories of living next door on Kingham Road. What a lot of mischief we made! I know that God will give you peace. You are in my prayers.Debby Sonier Parker

  3. FROM :THE BROUSSARD/ FONTENOT FAMILYTO :KEITH, ANGIE, KIDS, MABEL AND EARLDUE TO OUR RECENT LOSS I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. I KNOW NOTHING ANYONE SAID TO ME CHANGED THE WAY I WAS (AM) HURTING.I DO KNOW THAT IT MENT THE WORLD TO ME AND MY FAMILY TO HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL PEOPLE AROUND US THAT WE KNOW CARED ABOUT US AND DAD. I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE LOVE ALL OF YOU AND WILL BE HERE IF YOU NEED US.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I just read this in the paper. I have seen Mr. Stephens in the Moss Bluff Market Basket when I went in there with my friend. I have worked in several grocery stores over the years and commented that Mr. Stephens was exactly what a manager should be. You could tell by his dress ,smile and manner that he loved people and was proud of his store.. That makes a man of character. Didnt know him personally but know he will be missed by his customers and so much more by his loving family .. Please know others are thinking of you in this time of sorrow and His legacy lives on. I am sure that he make an impression on the workers that he trained…. Tanga Warner

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I was a regular customer at market basket at both locations where he was a manager. he was one of the kindest persons i have ever met. he always had a smile on his face and was always cheerful. he would always greet the customers with a smile. he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. just by the look on his face you could tell that he took pride in his job as the manager. I remember not that long ago while i was shopping he and his wife were in the store and he was eating a popsicle just like a kid. it was just so cute and i got a kick out of seeing him enjoying himself. you could tell he enjoyed life. may you find comfort in knowing he is with his Lord and free of pain. remember the good times you shared with him and the memories close to your heart.

  6. I am so sorry Mr. Stevens and his family are going through this, after working with him for a good while,at the end of every day he still left with a great big smile…He will be smiling down on his family and MB now, with all the love in his eyes. Keep Smilen!! SL

  7. I am very sorry for your loss.Not sure you know who I am,My Dad was Thommy Sr.,Uncle Pierre,Alex,Ernest,William,Ted,John,Nolan Aunt Louisa,Pauline and Amy were his siblings.Your family is in our prayers

  8. I shop M.B. on Lake St. When Mr. Stevens was there he always had a smile and a friendly hello to share. He learned who I was and would always acknowledge me by name. I was sad when he moved stores. I missed him and his friendly way of making me feel like a special customer!He will be greatly missed. May God Bless your family at this time of loss!!!

  9. I worked for Mr. Stephens at the George Theriot's on Country Club Road. I will always remember him fondly. He was a great manager. Wanda, my prayers and thoughts are with you. He will be missed greatly.

  10. MAPLE SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS MAW MAW NORTH WAS IN HOSPITAL AND WE HAD JUST LOST MY DAD ROBERT 9 MONTHS AGO WHEN WE SAW YOU LAST WE WILL KEEP YALL IN OUR PRAYER

  11. On behlf of the Schwans Food Company we extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this of loss.Ron was a kind, friendly,ethical and fair man. He was a pleasure to know and do business with. He will be missed…

  12. Ron will be truly missed by all. I always admired his love of his family and was grateful to have been a small part of it. The world has lost a fantastic person and heaven has gained a great angel. My prayers are with the family to get through these trying times. God bless and be strong.

  13. To the Stephens Family…I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Ron. I had only met him a few times but always remembered his smile and bubbly personality. May God be with your family to give you strength to make it through this time. God bless you all….Jennifer Montgomery, (Ricky LeJeunes Aunt)

  14. We are so sorry for your loss.My husband and I were both in sales and called on Ron at the Market Basket on Lake Street for years. He was the best manager ever, so EASY to call on. Ron will be MISSED! Ours thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  15. We were all so sorry to hear of your loss. Ron was always a gentleman and a profesional. He will truly be missed by those of us who knew him. Be strong and God bless you all.dh


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