Octavia Marie Stephens

octavia stephens

September 26, 1937 ~ May 30, 2024

Born in: Hinton, West Virginia
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Octavia (Tavie) Marie Stephens, age 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, May 30, 2024. She was born on September 26, 1937 in Summers County, West Virginia, to Lacy and Marie Pack. She married the love of her life Billy Guthrie Stephens on April 1, 1956 in Waxahachie, Texas. Billy preceded her in death in 2015.

Octavia was a real people person. She had a great sense of humor. Everyone who met her loved her. She loved going to church. She was currently a member at Northwest Baptist Church in Arlington. Family was very important to her. She loved getting together with everyone especially during the holidays and for family reunions.

Octavia worked for many years at JC Penney’s in Arlington. She enjoyed working there and made many friends there who she remained in contact with throughout her life. She loved to tell stories of Wanda and Penney, who also worked at JC Penney’s, and herself.

Octavia and Billy loved to travel. They went back to West Virginia whenever they could to see family and friends there. They travelled to Hawaii several times and and also went to Puerto Rico to visit their daughter Dee who was stationed there with the US Coast Guard. They especially enjoyed going to Branson and Colorado with the whole family.

Octavia is survived by her children David and wife Vicki, Rowdy and wife Melissa, Dana and wife Marie, and her daughter Dee; her grandkids Michael and wife Mary, Craig and wife Courtney, Grant and wife Ilse, Clint and wife Meagan, Claire and partner Garth, Natalie and husband Tyler, and Zachary; great grandchildren Austin, Cooper, Charley, Nohemi, and Mila; Brother Jim Pack and wife Patricia, Sister in Law Judy Pack, Sister in Law Dionne McRae; Brother in Law JL Stephens; plus many nephews and nieces and many friends.

The funeral is scheduled for 12pm on June 10,2024 at Wade Funeral Home in Arlington Texas with visitation at 11am. Rev. Robert Bennett will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Octavia’s life.


Public Visitation: June 10, 2024 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Funeral Service: June 10, 2024 12:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Graveside Service: June 11, 2024 11:30 am

Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

(214) 467-3374

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  1. My wife and I had the opportunity to meet up with Tavi back in June 2018 when she and some family members were visiting Hinton West Virginia for a class reunion (I believe) of hers. My wife and I were visiting the Ballengee/Buckland home places on a small vacation and arranged a get together. We had a nice dinner with them in Beckley and then the following day we traveled back into the old Buckland home places in Powleys Creek outside Hinton. Even though we never lived very close to her, we stayed in touch through facebook. Our deepest condolences to the family. She will be missed.

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