Donna Gail Stephens, 70, Shelby, NC passed away January 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 18, 1947 at Cabin Creek, WV, the daughter of the late Robert “Eph” Porter and Ethel Mae (Holbrook) Porter. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Herman Stephens, she is survived by her companion, Ed (Butch) Yerkey, Shelby, NC; grandson, Frankie Ray Belknap; brothers, Eugene and Elvie Porter; sister, Vernice (Porter) Rose.
She is survived by sons, Frank D. Belknap (Gloria), Gassaway, WV and Scotty Belknap (Christy), Gassaway, WV; daughter, Donna Byrd (David), Buckhannon, WV; brothers, Rondall Porter, Mt. Orab, OH, Clyde Porter, (Jo) Belleville, OH, Aric Porter (Wendy), Kings Mountain, NC, Jim Porter (Dawn), Grover, NC, Ray Porter (Karen), Morgantown, NC, Carl Porter (Cathy), Shelby, NC, Rodney Porter (Pam) Shelby, NC and Keith Porter (Tammy) Shelby, NC; sisters, Joyce Porter Dennison (Rondall), Spotsylvania, VA, Terry Porter (Missy), Shelby, NC, Dathyne Porter Dennison (Theron), Exchange, WV and Pearl Porter Sands, Gassaway, WV. Also surviving are grandchildren, Ethan Belknap, Larisa Workman, Exchange, WV, Megan Laurintus (John), Exchange, WV, Kyla Notthingham (Zah), Gassaway, WV, Hannah Rexroad (Logan), Burnsville, WV, Logan Belknap (Stephanie), Gassaway, WV and Grace Belknap, Gassaway, WV and 11 great grandchildren.
Donna was a Methodist by faith and enjoyed listening to gospel music. She was especially fond of the song, Daddy’s Hands, sung by Holly Dunn and the song, Will the Circle be Unbroken. Her greatest love was spending time with her children, grandchildren and her faithful companion, her dog, a Bichon Frise named Yetti. She was very much into geology and the heritage of her family as she was part Cherokee. She was an excellent cook and was especially talented at making biscuits and gravy and fruit cakes. Donna loved to travel and especially enjoyed Gatlinburg. Donna was a beautiful soul who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Family will receive friends on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 11-1 p.m. Funeral Services will follow in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor John Fowler officiating. Words of Comfort and fond memories can be expressed to the family at stockert-palett.com.
The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be caring for Mrs. Stephens and her family.