Visitation and funeral services for slain Stone County Deputy have been set

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Visitation and funeral services have been set for the slain Stone County Deputy Sheriff, Sgt. Michael David Stephen, Sr. He was 56 years old.

Stephen was a graduate of Calico Rock High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He became a volunteer firefighter at the age of 16, an effort which he continued until his death. He served as fire chief for the Pineville Fire Department. He was also a fire academy and law enforcement instructor. He served in law enforcement for over 25 years.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Susan Stephen of Pineville; three sons, Mike Stephens, Jr. of Mountain View, Logan Stephen and Brandon Stephen of Pineville; one daughter, Tiffany Stephen Nelson of Georgia; his parents, Joe and Linda Stephen of Pineville; two brothers, Daniel Stephen and wife Tammy; Mark Stephen and wife Stacia, all of Pineville; one sister, Laura Hoover of Missouri; three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, uncles, and aunts, and many friends and other relatives.

Visitation is Tuesday, July 23, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Calico Rock. Visitation is tomorrow from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Calico Rock. (UPDATE: The visitation for Sgt. Mike Stephen will now be held Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Calico Rock High School Gymnasium, according to a Facebook post from the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.)

Funeral services are set for Wednesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at the Calico Rock High School Gymnasium. Burial will be at Trimble Campground Cemetery.

In a statement from his office, 16th Judicial District Circuit Judge Don McSpadden has canceled all court for Division 2 in Stone County for Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in memory of and for the funeral and visitation services. Parties and witnesses need to contact their attorneys for future settings. Pro se or self-represented parties will need to contact the court at (870) 793-8890. Uncontested cases will be heard at 8 a.m. Tuesday if everything is proper and the other party does not have to appear.

Stephen was killed Thursday, June 18, when he was called to a domestic incident in southwest Stone County. For more on the story, click here.

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