William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund for War Eagle
| William "Ruf" Stephens
Jr., or "Ruf'
to his family and friends, tragically lost his life on January 3, 2009. His untimely
and unwarranted death has come as an overwhelming shock and heartbreak for his
family, numerous friends, and acquaintances.
Ruf had a deep and enduring love for the natural world and
was an enthusiastic angler, hunter, and naturalist. He had just finished
completing his degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from Texas A&M
University when he was
Ruf is survived by his father, William
Sr., his mother Margaret Duncan
Stephens, his half sisters, Margaret
and Caroline Tinkle,
his step-mother, Rebecca Stephens, and step siblings, Adam
Comer, and Kate Comer,
and by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
family has set up the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund for War Eagle
Creek to honor Ruf by helping to protect the watershed he loved so much.
A treasure of the Arkansas Ozarks, the 215,000-acre War
Eagle Creek watershed extends from the town of Red Star
to near Nob Hill where the creek joins Beaver Lake.
Mostly rural and forested, the watershed is being impacted by rapid population
growth in the region.
| War Eagle Creek
Raising public awareness and promoting stewardship of War
Eagle Creek watershed has been a focus of Audubon Arkansas for many years.
The funds raised from the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund thus far
have supported War Eagle Creek Appreciation Day events. The funds also helped
to co-produce the film, Bridge to War Eagle, which memorializes
Ruf. Produced by the Emmy award-winning team of Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter,
the film tells the story of the landowners who protect the creek, including the
Stephens family, and the watershed's history. For more information about the
film or' to purchase a copy of the film, visit www.uark.edu/ua/wareagle.
Audubon Arkansas continues to promote stewardship of
War Eagle Creek with the funds collected from the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund. Donate
today and help protect this important Arkansas
|A young Ruf Stephens