Stewart County Veterans Service Office
Veteran Service Officer
DOVER, Tenn. – Stewart
County Veteran Service Officer Charles Stephens was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident in Memphis on Monday, May 18.
are pending and are being handled through Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home in Clarksville.
Stephens was well-known,
not only in Stewart County but in the surrounding counties as well. The U.S. military retiree was serving in the VSO Office
in Montgomery County, coming to Stewart County beginning in 2001 for a day per week.
Veterans began flocking to the
engaging young man who followed through and consistently produced results, securing vets with the benefits to which they were
entitled but could not navigate the system to get. In 2003, he became the full-time Stewart County Veteran Service Officer,
which was somewhat of a misnomer since veterans and spouses from adjoining counties, hearing of his successes and his compassion,
frequently made the drive to Stewart County as well for help with their situations.
In the past 14 years, Stephens has
brought literally millions of dollars of benefits to the veterans of Stewart County, much of which they in turn invested in
the local economy.
But it was much more than just about money. Stephens was relentless in his drive to see that no veteran
was ignored and that his or her needs were met. He often went to veterans’ homes to take care of business if the veteran
could not come to him. He helped widows navigate the maze of their benefits as well, something that possibly their husbands
had always taken care of before.
Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner worked closely with Stephens, and he wrote to the
county employees, “Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family during this difficult time.
Charles was a true asset to Stewart County Government and the Veterans Service Office. He was a true friend to many veterans
and their families within Stewart and adjoining communities. He supported and ‘went to bat’ for our veterans when
the need arose. He knew his job and he performed it to the best of his ability, always focusing on the needs of veterans first
and foremost. He will be greatly and sadly missed.”