William T. 'W.T.' 'Bill' Stephenson, 97, of Brownwood, formerly of California, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at a local nursing home.

A memorial service for W.T. will be held in San Leandro, California on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Local arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

W.T. was born on March 12, 1919, to Jesse Louis and Essie (Hudspeth) Stephenson in Bronte. He finished school at Bronte High School and Draughons Business College in Abilene. He was active in sports, playing basketball in college, and later golf and tennis.

W.T. then joined the United States Army Air Force in May of 1941 and was sent to California. There he met and married Jane Slaybaugh; they lived in the Bay Area of California. After he discharged in 1945, he worked in Civil Service for many years up until his retirement. W.T. moved to Brownwood in September of 2017 after his health started declining.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Stephenson; daughter, Linda Stephenson; and his parents, Jesse and Essie Stephenson.

W.T. is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.