Guest Book for John Stephens

Provided by Hart Funeral Home GA

Posted by: Harriette Meeks Hall
Sun March 15, 2020
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Our friendship goes back a long time. John always had the ability to cheer me up when ever I was down. His beautiful voice has now joined the heavenly choir.  
Much love

Posted by: Jen and Jim
Sun March 15, 2020
Coach we will always love you and the memories you gave us. Condolences to all the family, God be with you. -Ware Sports 2003-2004.

Posted by: Lora Sunshine Ganey
Sun March 15, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

Posted by: Melissa Bagley Griffin
Sun March 15, 2020
Prayers of peace and comfort.  I know Coach Stephens and Daddy (Dr Bagley) are having a good ok’ discussion about now.

Posted by: Mike Woodard
Sun March 15, 2020
My deepest, sincere condolences to the entire family. In 1989, Coach gave me my first coaching job and with Mrs. Elaine, they directed me towards what has now turned out to be a 30+ year professional career.  I will always be appreciative to them and to coach for always remaining a great friend in mentor. Rest In Peace & GOD Bless

Posted by: Jordan Ganas
Sun March 15, 2020
Rest In Peace Coach!  Great man and a great coach!

Posted by: Ricky thornton
Sun March 15, 2020
Sorry for your loss great coach he tooknthe Gators to the playoff happy man

Posted by: Ashleyjean Ellis (Kelly)
Sun March 15, 2020
The world just lost one good man. He made High School enjoyable. He always had a smile and always wanted to make sure you were doing good. Later in life when I had my little girl and we would see him around town he would pick her up and talk to her, laugh with her and tell me how beautiful she is. So, Coach...if you're not to busy...could you watch over her some too? My Grandma has been doing it since March 14 2005...she could use the back-up.

Posted by: Heather Gardner Mullis
Sun March 15, 2020
May God give you peace and comfort that only He can give during this time. Coach Stephens was such an inspiration to me and so many others. Not only was he a phenomenal coach but he was one of my all time favorite teachers. Hugs and Prayers sent your way! 🙏

Posted by: The Poinsett Family
Sun March 15, 2020
We are sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.
The Poinsett Family

Posted by: Robert Green
Sun March 15, 2020
David and I will stand in support and memorialization/celebration the 21st.  A tree will be planted in his memory in the Holy Land.

Posted by: Katrina Dukes and family
Sun March 15, 2020
We're wishing Mrs. Stephens and family peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of Coach Stephens to forever be remembered.

Please accept our love and condolences,

Katrina Dukes and family

Posted by: Cynthia Miller Humbles
Sun March 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Stephen's family. Coach Stephen was one of my favorite teachers and an awesome coach at Claxton High School.  I am a part of the class of 1981.

Posted by: Donna Kelly
Sun March 15, 2020
Elaine and Family,
The Kelly familiy sends our deepest condolences to you and the family. John will be missed by all of us who were blessed to know him. May your comfort come in knowing it was in Peace he entered this life and in peace he departed it. God bless  you all.

Posted by: Stephanie Willocks
Sun March 15, 2020
Loss is for those of us who remain and comfort for our loss is knowing our loved ones are now free.

I will always remember that anytime John introduced me to anyone he would begin to tell the story of how he carried me in the bend of his arm when I was an infant. The two of you have had an unending influence in the lives of countless people. Know that I am one of them and will continue to hold your whole family in my heart.

Posted by: Cindy Lewis Rager
Sun March 15, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear this news. He made such an impact on the lives of so many people... something of which I know all of you are proud. He (and Elaine) will forever hold a special place in my heart!  Love and prayers for all of you.

Posted by: fred and brenda Zauner
Sun March 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss Elaine. John was a great man and will be missed!!

Posted by: Gordon Ferrell
Sun March 15, 2020
Miss Elaine, you were a great influence in my life as my teacher.  I was there when you and the Coach got married.  I have thought about you many many times over the years and I have said a lot of prayers over the last few months.

Posted by: Jason and Nicole Belle
Sun March 15, 2020
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by: Terri Bailey Macy
Sun March 15, 2020
My prayers for the family Coach Stephens was one of my teachers In highschool he was always a ssuper teacher and thinking back was awesome with the students

Posted by: Sandra Williams Turner
Mon March 16, 2020
Elaine, my heart goes out to you in your loss. You have had a terrible time losing Ellabeth and John. I will be praying for you and your family.

Posted by: Jerry and Patsy Griffin
Mon March 16, 2020
Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. John was a good Christian with a beautiful voice, who will be singing in the Heavenly choir, now. Our love to you and the family.

Posted by: Jamarieo Barkley
Mon March 16, 2020
This really hurt my heart. One of the best men I ever met in my life. Tought me alot about life and football more then a coach.

Posted by: Keith Morris
Mon March 16, 2020
The loss of a truly great man, his leadership, caring and willing to always help others was second to none. Thanks coach for the impact you and Mrs.Elaine had on the lives of so many.

Posted by: Bob Coleman
Mon March 16, 2020
Mrs. Elaine,
I am so sorry to hear of Coach John's death and my prayers certainly include you, him and the family.  Thank you so much for the positive impact you had on my life as a teacher.  I know his legacy was the same.  God's blessings and peace be given to you in full measure.

Posted by: Dixie Houston
Mon March 16, 2020
Elaine, we were so sorry to hear of the homegoing of John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have such pleasant memories of our years as neighbors.

Posted by: Kay C. Smith
Mon March 16, 2020
ELaine and other relatives of John,Showers  of prayers are being sent to you. You and John have been in  our prayers for many years. I think I met you both when I was in graduate summer school in 1973. We even received some marital advice from John in 1974( keeping quarters for the first year of marriage)May many good memories from family and friends keep you warm for days to come!

Posted by: James Cox
Mon March 16, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Coach was much more than a Coach. He was a leader, a mentor, and most importantly a friend. You will be greatly missed sir.

Posted by: Donna (Purcell) Winburn
Mon March 16, 2020
We are so sorry to learn of John’s passing! He was a wonderful person and I know he will be missed. Remembering great times at Claxton High.
Donna and Dwight Winburn

Posted by: Walda Kight
Mon March 16, 2020
Dear Elaine and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. John's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May  God comfort you during this difficult time! Sincerely, Walda Kight

Posted by: Nancy Carter Dees
Mon March 16, 2020
Elaine and family, I am so sorry to hear about John. What a great guy!  We all had great times at Coffee Co. High School. Such good memories. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: macy strickland warnell
Mon March 16, 2020
so sorry to hear of johns passing. I will always remember john and elaine as very special friends and all the songs we used to sing at the Daisy Methodist      Church!

Posted by: Patsy & Terry DeLoach
Mon March 16, 2020
John was a multi-talented man with a ready smile; he could coach football, lead a choir, or sing a solo with ease. Can you imagine the sound of the angelic choir with his voice added? I can almost hear the faint strains of "Beulah Land"! May God continue to bless you, Elaine, and the whole family during this difficult time.

Posted by: Malcolm
Mon March 16, 2020
My condolences to the Stephens family.

Posted by: Tami (Barker) McMaster
Mon March 16, 2020
May you Rest in Peace Coach Stephens.  You are no longer in pain as you rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior.  Condolences, Mrs. Stephens to you and your family.  May God give each of you strength for the very hard days ahead.  Sending you much love and prayers. God Bless.

Posted by: Janie & Phil Wysong
Mon March 16, 2020
Thinking of you & keeping you in our prayers.
Janie & Phil Wysong

Posted by: Peter Leopold
Mon March 16, 2020
No more pain. Rest in peace Coach. Prayers for comfort for your family.

Posted by: Gwen Tribble
Mon March 16, 2020
Elaine, I know firsthand the pain of losing your husband, but also know that our Heavenly Father will surround you with a love and peace that is always there and always enough! I am thankful that you have such wonderful children and precious grandchildren to help fill the days ahead too. Ginger and I have spoken of both you and Coach Stephens often over the past years, and have prayed for healing for him. Please know that both of you were such blessings in our lives, and we are grateful that God allowed our paths to cross. May He carry you gently through all the tough times ahead! Be blessed, sweet friend!

Posted by: Anthony sapp
Mon March 16, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of our beloved coach Stephens. You and the coach were  mother and father to every soul y'all touched while here in claxton. The angels are rejoicing to receive his soul. We are left here on Earth with sorrow and sadness. I pray, the Lord's mercy will shine upon you and your family and ease your heart's in this trying time. I have always loved you and the coach. It's like burying another father. A great loss

Posted by: Teresa and Rusty Ganas
Mon March 16, 2020
Rusty and I send love and prayers. We know what a loss this is for you and your family.  We pray for comfort and strength today and the many lonely days and weeks to come.  May God wrap his arms around each of you.

Posted by: Chauncey Mayfield - BC Class of 1974
Mon March 16, 2020
Ms. Stephen - I am sorry to hear about the passing of Coach Stephen. My prayers and condolences are with your family and you. May God bless and keep you in this difficult time . Be well!

Mon March 16, 2020

Posted by: Juddy/Jane Thackston Hamilton
Mon March 16, 2020
Dear Elaine and family, How very saddened we are to learn of John's death.We grieve with you but, rejoice that John is with his heavenly Father!
Juddy & Jane

Posted by: James, Kathy, and Jake Conoly
Tue March 17, 2020
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Being in the coaching profession, I had known John for a long time. He was a good friend and had my greatest respect. Players loved John, including my son Jake. He was always a positive person and an inspiring coach. It has been a pleasure and an honor to have known him.

Posted by: Jerry Jeffers, Benedictine Class of 1975
Tue March 17, 2020
Mrs. Stephens, I wanted to send my prayers and thoughts to you and your family. Even though it’s been years I have very fond memories of playing under Coach and learning in his classroom. He always gave it his all and would do anything for us. He was a leader, teacher and a friend. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Rhonda Hutcheson Davis
Tue March 17, 2020
Ms Elaine and family, I'm so sorry for you loss. Coach Stephens, was such a great man, and so loved by us all.

Posted by: Ewing Buckner
Tue March 17, 2020
Coach Stephens was my Offensive Line Coach. His strong influence made me a better man. I love him and Mrs Elaine very much.

Posted by: Tommy and Amanda Cannon
Wed March 18, 2020
Dear Elaine,
A former player of John and Tommy's just called to let us know of John's death.  We are so sorry and yet we have so many happy memories of our time with y'all at BC.  We remember John as a dedicated and caring coach and husband.  We're sure those traits multiplied exponentially over the years after you left Savannah.  You and your children and grandchildren should be comforted by knowing how many lives he touched.  
Remembering you with sympathy and love,
Amanda and Tommy

Posted by: Cory Highland
Wed March 18, 2020
Dear Ms. Stephens,

I was so sorry to hear about Coach Stephens’ passing. What a great guy. I graduated from BC in 1975 and remember him as a cool and loving man. As many people have said already, he had a great influence on many, many young people, and I am grateful to have been one of them. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.

Cory Highland

Posted by: Richard R. Bunbury, PhD
Wed March 18, 2020
I wish to express my sincerest condolences to his family, especially his wife Elaine, who was one of my English teachers at Benedictine. I was surprised to learn about the musical part of his education and career, which I did not know about until now. Now I feel something in common with him. May he be singing with the choir of angels and be looking down and protecting his family and relatives.

Posted by: Mark Powers
Wed March 18, 2020
A memorable and good man . RIP Coach Stephens and condolences to family.

Posted by: Hollis Crummey
Wed March 18, 2020
I really got to know John when we were in the Lions Club in Baxley.  I enjoyed our friendship, although short, and he left the impression of an upright, Christian man.

Posted by: Jimmy Moore
Wed March 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family!  Coach Stephens was my coach at Coffee county.  He inspired me to become a coach.  I have always tried to keep up with him over the years!  Again I am sorry for your loss!😥😥🙏🙏

Posted by: Don Tyre
Wed March 18, 2020
I am so thankful to say John Stephens was my friend. He was such a fine person! I became acquainted with him in coaching, We had such fun together. He was so good with people! He touched so many lives!  What a smile, he was a charmer! Truly a unique personality in our profession. Elaine, Katie and Mark, Chris and I thank you for sharing John with us. I bet there is a beautiful rose garden in God`s kingdom!

Posted by: Alisha Crapps Waters
Thu March 19, 2020
Coach Stephens was never my teacher or coach, but he still taugjt me many things in life and also coached me on how to be the best person for MYSELF. He always told me to have self respect and to k ow that I am worthy of it. Although I havrnt seen him since graduation (88 ACCHS) He and you Ms Elaine has been thought of often and all the heart and soul you both poured into PIRATE COUNTRY. For that, Thank you.  My heart is with yall during this time of adjustment. I know this mighty man will be forever missed by MANY.

Posted by: Robert Owens
Thu March 19, 2020
To the Stevens Family , I am truly regretful for your loss .Coach Stevens was a friend of mine even though he taught me . He cared about everybody . I'm sorry to see his loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you . My name is Robert OwenOwens , Benedictine class of 76 . Amen

Thu March 19, 2020



Posted by: Rebecca Brown Martin
Thu March 19, 2020
Elaine,  I understand, from all those who have posted comments on Facebook, that you and John shared a beautiful life together. The love that sustained you through the years of marriage is the love that will always be there for you, inside you for a lifetime. This love and strength in God will give you everything you need to get through these heartbreaking days. You will never be alone. God bless you and all of your family.

Posted by: Norma D. Strickland
Sat March 21, 2020
Elaine and family, Expressing our sympathy to you all, have so many memories when you were in Claxton. Sending prayers. Norma Strickland and family

Posted by: Phil and Sandy Smith
Tue March 24, 2020
We were so sorry to hear about John.  Elaine, you and your family are in our prayers for strength and comfort in the coming days.   Just wanted you to know we do still keep up with you folks - we really did enjoy the time ya'll spent with us at PHS!  You both had such a positive influence on so many people and I'm sure it still continues.  Be safe and we will be thinking about you!

Posted by: Helen Atwood
Wed March 25, 2020
Dear Elaine,
I thought that the obituary of John's life was just beautiful. I am so glad that you two found each other and had so many happy years together. I am praying for God's comfort for you and that your new life will have many blessings as well.
Much love to you,

Posted by: jesse massey
Thu March 26, 2020
To a great man and coach, I AM glad that I can say I worked with a Teacher first and lover of the game of Football. May you rest in Peace. Coach Massey!!!

Posted by: Maurice Hannah
Mon March 30, 2020
To all of John’s family. I am very sorry for your loss. John was a childhood friend of mine and I have many good memories of him. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Posted by: Roger Newton
Thu April 23, 2020
You taught me to sing. From a man who carry a tune in a bucket, to a member of your choir at Hebardville Baptist Church. I couldn't read music, but you taught me where to come in and the inflections and what allegro meant. I memorized the music and songs for the Contatas that you directed. The first is my favorite and the song "More than Amazing" still runs through my mind on occasion. Heaven has a special choir, you are among it's singers. I look forward to seeing you again, and maybe together we can get in just one more song before Sunset.  Roger.

Posted by: Thomas Murphy
Mon April 27, 2020
Requiscat In Pace.