Billie Gene Stephens, 87, a resident of Mountainair, passed away May 27. Billie was a member of Mountainair Fire Department, Torrance County Fair Board, Carpenters Unit, Mountainair Senior Citizens, and a participant of Senior Olympics. Billie was a carpenter by trade and among other things he helped to build the Mountainair Elementary School, several McDonalds and numerous custom homes and buildings. He also loved working with wood and was a cabinet maker. Billie loved working and piddling in his shop. He loved shuffleboard, billiards, card games, dominoes and taking naps, but most of all he loved his family, and especially the children. Billie was preceded in death by his parents Lyman and Liza Stephens; siblings, Harvey Stephens, Jody Dressler, Sherry Stephens and Steve. He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Stephens of Mountainair; son, Curt Stephens and wife, Celina Stephens of Tatum; grandsons Jared Stephens and wife, Stefanie of Lovington, and Jason Stephens and wife, Jacqueline of Tatum; granddaughters, Jentry and husband, Sedrick Knowlton of Amarillo, Texas, and Jenice Stephens and fiancRomonique Osborne of Amarillo, Texas; great-grandchildren, Jaemon, Jaylen, Ethan, Trevin, Cerice, Roscidion, Javion, Julio and Joaquin.

Services will be held at Mountainair United Methodist Church on June 6 beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 10 a.m. Pallbearers will be Jared Stephens, Jason Stephens, Jentry Knowlton and Jenice Stephens, Honorary Pallbearers are George Martin, Al Valdez, Andy Kubena, Tom Valdez, Frank Lucero, JR Kubena, Bill Caster, Brian Caster, Shane Lutrick and Bo Lutrick. Arrangements are being handled by Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, where an online guest register is available at noblinfuneralservice.com.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.