Stephen John Durel, Jr., of Northport, AL, was born March 10, 1946 in New Orleans, LA and died August 13, 2022 at home. A visitation to celebrate his life will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Magnolia Chapel North under the direction of Skelton Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Carrollton City Cemetery with Reverend Penny Ford officiating and management of Skelton Funeral Home of Reform.
Stephen was predeceased by his father, Stephen John Durel, Sr.; mother, Mary Dell Causey Jeffries; stepfather, AJ Jeffries; brother, HIllard “Bo” Bonds and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins like the Causeys and the Durels were from large Baptist and Catholic families.
Stephen is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carolyn Cox Durel; his daughter, Dina Lyn Durel, his son, Clay (Katey) Arnold; brothers-in-law Keith Cox, Mike (Amy) Cox and David (Ginny) Cox; the light of his life, great-nephew Clayton Cox; special nieces and nephews, Grace (Bron) Whitten, Wes (Sara) Cox, Steven (Melissa) Cox and Brian Cox; as well as other nieces and numerous cousins local and scattered across the country.
Stephen graduated from Tuscaloosa High School and miraculously (no thanks to English) from Alabama College (Univ. of Montevallo) in finance where he was a member of the Delta Fraternity – yes, another Animal House. Stephen retired from First Federal Bank after 48 years in the banking industry where he enjoyed mortgages and helping buyers buy their dream home. Stephen has been involved in many civic and community activities and fundraisers and really enjoyed the Homebuilders Association clay shoots and lunch with the Tuscaloosa Board of Realtors. A true penny pincher, he rarely paid full price for anything unless he met his bargaining match, which was rare. Stephen loved hunting, fishing, racing and Bama football and was an avid expert in guns and knives and John Wayne films which he watched until he sickened.
The pallbearers will be Billy Boyd, Bev Leigh, Jim Causey, Mark Causey, Holley Poole and Patrick McKane. Honorary bearers are First Federal Bank employees, Joann and JW Arendale, Laura Gregory McKane, Brett Copenhaver, Brooks Copenhaver, Cherie Causey, Dr. Artie Pandey, Dr. Curtis Tucker, Dr. James Evans, staff at the Lewis- Manderson Cancer Center and the caretakers of Hospice of West Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, raise a glass of Old Forrester (or your favorite beverage) to toast his life or please consider making donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital Memorial Giving, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105- 9969 or to a charity of your choice.
North Magnolia Chapel
August 17, 2022 at 17:00 – 19:00
Service at the cemetery
Carrollton Town Cemetery
August 18, 2022 at 11:30 AM