Laura Lee Stephenson Dearman
Laura Lee Stephenson Dearman, 78, of Monticello passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was born July 27, 1939, in Monticello, a daughter of the late Raymond Earl Stephenson Sr. and Frances Raoul Stephenson.
Growing up in Monticello, she was a graduate of Monticello High School and attended Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello), where she was a member of Phi Sigma Chi sorority and 1957 Homecoming Queen—which was a title she held in common with her mother. While at A&M, she met her husband Charles Fred Dearman Sr. Charlie played football and worked part time at Stephenson Funeral Home with her father, a firm that was founded in 1928, by her grandfather Edward Lee Stephenson. They were united in marriage December 22, 1957, at her parent’s home.
After a year in Dallas, they moved back to Monticello into a funeral home apartment. She took over the office from her father and was the only secretary the business had until years later when she trained someone for the job. Laura Lee was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Monticello, a former officer of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home, Stephenson-Dearman Burial Association, a member of U.D.C and D.A.R.
Surviving are two sons, Charles Fred “Chuck” (Cindy) Dearman Jr. of Monticello and David Earl Dearman of Little Rock; three grandchildren, Haley Diane Dearman of New Orleans, Charles F. “Chad” Dearman III, of Little Rock and Alexandra Nicole Dearman of Nashville, Tenn; two brothers, Raymond Earl “Ray” Stephenson Jr. of Monticello and Robert Raoul Stephenson of Olive Branch, Miss.; one sister, Susan Stephenson Smith of Little Rock; one niece, Ashley Vestal; and two nephews, Bobby Stephenson and Brian Smith. In addition to her husband, a granddaughter, Savannah Ashley Dearman, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 8, 2017 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Spence and Rev. Buddy Lemons officiating. Visitation began one hour prior to the service in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church. A private family burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. Memorials are preferred to First United Methodist Church, 317 South Main St., Monticello 71655.