The light that burned so brightly as Stephanie Diane Jones, 34, flickered out and she went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Medical City, Dallas, Texas with her family and close friends by her side.
Stephanie’s little light began shining on Jan. 13, 1978 to her mother and best friend Mary Lou Jones, and her father and confidant Donnell Lewis. The Light continued to burn as she received her formal education in the Corsicana Independent School District, graduating in 1996. The light burned brighter as she received her bachelor’s degree from Northwood College in 2008.
She accepted the Light of the world into her life and united with the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church at a very early age, under the leadership of Rev. M.C. Spriggs. She worked to show herself approved at Mount Olive, until her moving to Lancaster, Texas in 1999 and uniting with the Inspiring Body Of Christ, under the leadership of Pastor Rickey G. Rush.
Stephanie met and married Nicholas Andre Terry on Dec. 25, 1999 and from this union two little lights begin to burn.
She was currently employed with Correctional Corp. of America, in Dallas as a teacher.
Waiting to greet her on the other side is her brother whom she loved dearly, Derek Lynn Jones, maternal grandparents Annie and William Jones, paternal grandparents Ethel M. Lewis and Aaron Lewis.
Stephanie was a gifted educator, coaching basketball and track. She had a real zest for life, making her children and all of their friends a priority. Loving and caring for others was her special purpose in life. She let her light shine in everything she did. She loved her family, her friends, and she loved life but most of all she loved the Lord. To say that she will be missed is an understatement, to say that she was greatly loved, doesn’t come close. To say that she will be cherished, forever and ever, that’s what Stephanie Diane Jones means to all that loved her.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Nicholas Keishawn Terry and Tamia Nicole Terry both of Lancaster, Texas; her father Donnell Lewis (Eileen) of Gary, Ind.; her mother, Mary Jones Parks (Odell) of Corsicana; brothers, William Jones and Odell Parks III both of Corsicana, Marcus Parks of Arlington, Donnell Lewis, Jr. and Courtney Lewis of Gary, Ind.; sisters, Kinnedi Lewis of Gary, Ind., Anita Lewis of Hammond, Ind. and Connie Parks of Arlington; Aunts, Alene D. McGhee, Grace Gunnels, and Stella Jones all of Corsicana, Wanda Gunnels of Ft. Worth, Susie Marion (James), Felicia Lewis and Sabrina Lewis all of East Chicago, Ind.; Uncles, Bobby G. Jones, Donald W. Jones, Sr., and George Rooks all of Corsicana, Kelvin Gunnels of Fort Worth, David Lewis of East Chicago, Ind., William Lewis (Mona) of Hammond, Ind., and Aaron Lewis, Jr., of Chicago, Ill.; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives, friends, and all of her girls — Tiffany, Mia, Meosha, Tracy, Kizzy, Chamaine, Brandy S., Tranquil, Amanda, Lacresha, Rosalyn and Cressie.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary located at 1100 G.W. Jackson Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Lifeline Fellowship Family Church located at 5301 W. Hwy 31, Corsicana, TX. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
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