By: Debbie RolenStaff Writer
December 20, 2012
LOGAN – Logan lost two prominent businessmen on December 19. Robert R. “Bob” Mays, Jr., who served as Executive Director and CEO of Logan Mingo Mental Health, and Eddie Stephens, a former State Farm agent, who served on the Board of Directors for several local companies.
Robert R. “Bob” Mays, Jr., 67, died at Logan Regional Medical Center following a short illness. He was born December 9, 1945, at Logan, a son of Robert R. Sr. and Mary Frances Bell Mays.
Bob was an Eagle Scout and received the God & Country Award. He went on to honorably serve his country as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Bob was a graduate of Bob Jones University and received his Masters in Counseling from Liberty University.
In addition to his work with Logan Mingo Mental Health, Bob was active in the community. A member of the First Baptist Church of Chapmanville, he served as a deacon and song leader. He was a member of Gideons International; served on the board of the Logan County Emergency Ambulance Authority (LEASA) and Board of Licensure for Professional Counselors; and was a member of the Governor’s Special Drug Task Force.
Eddie P. Stephens was born July 29, 1917, at Laurel Creek, Wayne County, a son of the late Alex and Anna Kirk Taylor Stephens.
Stephens was Captain of the Logan High School Football Team in 1937 and was a member of the Logan High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Stephens was an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance Company in Logan for several years, and served on the Board of Directors of several companies and businesses including First Federal, National Bank of Logan/Bank One, and Guyan Machinery.
In addition to his contributions to the local business community, he was a member and Past Master and Treasurer of Aracoma Lodge No. 99 A.F.&A.M., past treasurer of all Logan Masonic Bodies, Knights Templar, 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason, Past Worthy Grand Matron of the Eastern Star, and member of the Beni Kedem Shrine Temple in Charleston.