Jasper realtor Wayne Stephenson at his retirement reception in December of 2012.

Longtime Jasper realtor Wayne Stephenson is dead at the age of 81. Stephenson passed away on Sunday here in Jasper.

Stephenson and his wife Emma Jane retired in December of 2012 after owning and operating Wayne Stephenson Realty for over 47 years.

A native and longtime resident of Jasper, Stephenson was very involved in the First Baptist Church as well as many civic organizations and even once served as a reporter for the Jasper Newsboy, before going into the real estate business.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Downtown Jasper.