James E. Stephenson

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James E. Stephenson

May 07, 1935 - December 19, 2018

James E. Stephenson James E. Stephenson, 83 of New Castle passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at UPMC Passavant Hospital.
Born on May 7, 1935, in New Castle, he was a son of Christopher and Anna Leyshon Stephenson.
He married Betty Hoover Stephenson on June 14, 1958, and she survives at home.
He was a member of Epworth Methodist Church.
James was employed as a violinist by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 13 years and Houston Symphony Orchestra for 27 years.
He served his country in the Army and was stationed at West Point Military Academy, where he was affiliated with the band.
He enjoyed teaching violin and attending antique car shows.
Along with his wife, he is survived by several nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ellen A. Lockhart and Alice Hoover.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., New Castle.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Epworth Methodist Church, 805 E. Washington St., New Castle, Pa. 16101.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on December 20, 2018
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Sunday December 23, 2018

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

R. Cunningham Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA, USA

Memorial service

Friday December 28, 2018

11:00 AM

R. Cunningham Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA, USA


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Norman Hawkins
Dec 23, 2018
My sincere condolences to Betty and the rest of the family. I am honored to have known Jim and Betty and was able to share the magic of music with them both. Jim, you will be missed my dear friend..
Susanna Reilly
Dec 21, 2018
My deepest condolences to Betty and the rest of Jim's family. A wonderful violinist and teacher, he was both talented and wise, a joy to perform with, and had so many fascinating experiences to share from his career. I will miss him.