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Billy Ray Stevens, 1932-2012

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Billy Ray Stevens

Billy Ray Stevens

1932- 2012

Billy Ray Stevens, 80, of Tehachapi passed away on Nov. 2.
Bill was born May 19, 1932 in Wedowee, Ala., and was the second of eight children born to Kenice and Adele Stevens.

While in his early 20s Bill joined the Air Force and served in the Korean War. He was very proud of his service in the Air Force, and for all those that serve their country as well. After his service in the Korean War he relocated from Alabama to California. Bill married the love of his life, Gretta, on Nov. 26, 1971 in Bakersfield.

Bill worked as a dispatcher and a purchaser at Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve and retired in 1995.

He loved to fish, especially with his grandchildren, and he made sure that after each grandchild was born they had their own fishing pole.
Bill was also an avid Anaheim Angels fan, a passion that he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was extremely proud of each of his children and his grandchildren and went out of his way to share stories of them with everyone he knew.  

Bill was a big man, with an even bigger heart who would do anything for his family and always made a point to help others, especially those who were less fortunate.

As a member the Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church he was able to carry out his commitment to helping others.
Bill was also a lover of animals, and spent a lifetime adopting and raising a wide assortment of animals.  His two dachshunds, Wedowee and Holly will miss him greatly.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Gretta; daughter, Ruth Meadows; daughter-in-law, Margaret Stevens; daughter, Janet Buist and her husband, Wilbur; son, Robert Walters and his wife, Anna; son, Timothy Stevens and his wife, Sarah; son, Noel Stevens, and his wife, Emma; son, Matthew Stevens; daughter, Mary Margaret Whitlach and her husband, Eli; his brother, Larry Stevens and his sister, Phyllis Sago; his sister-in-law, Chris Ray and his brother-in-law, Joe Ray.
He is also survived by 22 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his son, Kenice Stevens, four sisters and one brother.

The family would like to thank the staff at both Bakersfield Heart Hospital and Tehachapi Hospital, for the exceptional care that Bill received before he passed and for the compassion showed to his family as well. If you would like to make a donation in Bill’s honor, the family asks that a donation be made to the Missions program at Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church.

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