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Former Hackett Mayor Dies


Leroy Stephens, Jr., former Mayor of the City of Hackett, has died. Stephens was appointed as temporary mayor in 2015. Prior to that, he served on the Hackett City Council for many years.

Stephens appointment came after the passing of his predecessor, Jeff Harper. Stephens lost a re-election bid in 2018 to current Mayor Trini Harper, the wife of the late Jeff Harper.

Leroy Stephens, Jr. passed away on Friday September 6, 2019 in Hackett. He was born June 23, 1943 in Fort Smith to the late Leroy Stephens, Sr. and Paula (Holmes) Evans. He was a retired salesman for Anderson Wholesale and Glidewell Distributing.

Leroy is survived by three daughters, Brandy Cagle and Jennifer Sutton both of Greenwood and Lori Garcia of McAllen, TX; two sons, Craig Stephens of Hackett and Michael Stephens of Fort Smith; four grandchildren, Grayson Stephens, Jaxson Stephens, Annalyse Sutton and Priscilla Hernadez; step-mother Verba Stephens and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday September 10, 2019 at Ocker Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

Donations may be made to the Leroy Stephens, Jr. Burial Fund c/o Brandy Cagle at Arvest Bank Account # 31836308.

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