Cordia M. Stevenson passed away Saturday, November 9, 2012, at home with her brother and sons in loving attendance. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 16 E Street NE, Ardmore, Oklahoma, with interment following in Clearview Cemetery. Viewing will be from noon to 6 today at Grant Owens Mortuary and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2012, at First Baptist Church.
Cordia was born July 29, 1933, the second daughter of Clarence Williams and Rena Stevenson and lived all of her life in Carter County. She graduated from Central High School in Woodford, Oklahoma. Throughout her life, she worked as housekeeper and cook for the Fred Chapman Sr. family and Keith Walker family.
A deaconess and member of First Baptist Church for over 40 years, Cordia's faith in Jesus Christ defined her life. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years and was an officer and member of the Missionary Board of First Baptist Church. She also was a member of the community and civic organization, Ladies of Action. A master cook, she delighted in creating dishes that she put her signature stamp on and believed that cooking delicious food was an expression of love for her family and friends.
Cordia is survived by three sons, Larry Franklin, Pasadena, Calif., Dennis Franklin, Ardmore, Okla., and Joey Williams, San Antonio, Texas; three stepchildren she helped raise along side her second husband, Luke Alvin Stevenson II, Stephanie Stevenson Caldwell and Sonja Stevenson; brother, Lee Arthur Jackson, Moreno Valley, Calif.; sister, Gloria Potts, Lancaster, Calif.; three grandchildren, LaQuita Franklin, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Radhi Franklin, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., and Madison Williams, Lancaster, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; nieces, Dorscine Spigner Littles, Oklahoma City, Okla., Reba Jackson, Seattle, Wash., and Belinda Jackson, Portland, Oregon; nephews, Jimmy Jackson and Tony Jackson, Portland, Ore., and Marty Jackson, San Bernadino, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, J.D. Jackson; and sister, Kathryn Spigner.
A fun-loving person, Cordia leaves behind a legacy of dignity, love and laughter. We know she is in a better place, but she will be forever remembered, always loved and greatly missed.