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Nolan Keith Stephenson
October 23, 1956 - June 13, 2021

Nolan Keith Stephenson was born October 23, 1956 to William (Bill) Nolan Stephenson and Linda Jane (Janie) O’Neal. Keith was raised in Nederland, Texas and graduated from Nederland High School in 1974.
After receiving FFA and rodeo scholarships for his Ag studies and bull riding, he began attending Sam Houston State University. Once he decided the best part of college was socializing and riding bulls, he transferred his career interests to pipeline welding. Keith worked many years as a pipeline welder out of Pipeline Local 798. During these years of traveling to nearly every state in the U. S., he kept a bass boat hooked up behind his welding rig. This led to his second career as a professional bass fisherman.
When too many years of watching arcs fly that blurred his vision under a welding hood, Keith turned his love for boating into his own boat repair shop. By this time, he had been living at his dream home on the shores of Lake Sam Rayburn for several years. For all the places he had traveled and places he had seen, none could compare to his beloved community of Westwood Shores and the friends that became family to him over the twenty-five years he spent there.
Keith was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father, Bill Stephenson and wife Betty, of Green Hill, Arkansas. He is survived by one sister and favorite brother-in-law, Toni and Thad Joyner of Normangee, Texas. and his two nieces, Cash McBee Gillespie and her husband Seth of Hico, Texas, and Chase McBee of Normangee, Texas.
He also leaves behind a wonderful neighborhood family including Johnny, Rita, Gary, Amber, Cathy, Lynne’ and a host of “Stump” friends.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2021, at Greenhill Cemetery in Greenhill, Arkansas. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date at Lake Sam Rayburn. Online guestbook at

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