Michael C. Stephens, 66

January 01, 2011
  • Michael C. Stephens
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SEPT. 15, 1944-DEC. 31, 2010

SMITHSBURG — Michael Stephens of Smithsburg, Md., passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Western Maryland Hospital Center. Mike had been diagnosed with a neurological condition called Superficial Siderosis. He had been in failing health for the last year.

Born Sept. 15, 1944, in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was the son of Nulyn Conrad and Carrie Virginia Stephens.

Michael graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1962 and from Shepherd College with a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics in 1966. He was a member of the National Honor Society at MHS.

In addition to his wife of 42 years, Janice Laidlow Stephens, he is survived by his son, Andrew, and his wife, Tina; his daughter, Laura, and her husband, Mark McKenzie; his sister, Beverly Ascolese; and three grandchildren, Megan Kerns, Grant Stephens and Carrie Aislinn McKenzie.

Michael was employed by Doubleday for 20 years and Fil-Tec for 16 years as plant engineer.


He was a lifelong member of Second Baptist Church in Martinsburg, a member of the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum at Antietam and Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.

He proudly served for 26 years in the 351st Ordinance Co. Army Reserve Unit in Martinsburg and saw active duty, Operation Desert Storm.

He enjoyed collecting model trains, teaching his grandson about trains, motor cars and riding motorcycles.

A viewing will be Monday, Jan. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at J.L. Davis Funeral Home, 12525 Bradbury Ave., Smithsburg. A second viewing will be at 10 a.m. before the start of formal funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Second Baptist Church, 911 N. High St., Martinsburg. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Second Baptist Church, 911 N. High St., Martinsburg, WV 25404; or Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum at Sharpsburg, Md., P.O. Box 1181, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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