Kenneth Stephens


Kenneth Devon Stephens, 60, of Signal Mountain, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014. He dedicated his life to serving his country through military service and his community through law enforcement with the Signal Mountain Police Department. You all have heard of the saying [Band of Brothers]. We were truly a band of brothers. If one of us had a problem, we all had a problem. When my brothers, Roy and Kenneth joined the 101st Airborne, a unit in the army known as the Screaming Eagles, they joined on the buddy system, again a band of brothers. During their first jump out of the airplane, Kenneth froze in the doorway, after all, he had a 90 pound pack of radio supplies on his back. They were instructed that if the person in front of you freezes, give them a swift boot out of the plane. Kenneth felt the boot, only to turn and see Roy smiling because he had delivered the swift boot. They jumped many times after that as a band of brothers. After Kenneth passed away Sunday, my wife, Pam, and I returned home. Something told me to walk outside as I walked out of my back door, a huge shadow came over me from the sky. I turned my eyes to the sky and much to my surprise an eagle soared over my house. I yelled for my wife to come and share this moment with me. By the time she got there, a huge tree had her view blocked. We ran around the tree to see the eagle coming back to make one more circle over our house and soar out of sight as I was Yelling "Go Screaming Eagles". An eagle is a symbol of freedom. The Lord was telling me, Kenneth had been set free to join two more members of his band of brothers. [Cpl. Thomas A. Stephens-Sgt. Roy L. Stephens]. Your brother, Airman First Class Ricky Stephens [another member of the band of brothers] Visit to share condolences. Arrangements were by Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.

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