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Leota LaRae Stephens Heath, 80, died May 8, 2017 after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Anna Stephens and son, Gary Wayne Heath. She is survived by her husband, Joe E. Heath; son, Michael E. Heath (Valerie); nephew, Steve Harris (Patti); and grandsons Andy and Morgan Heath. LaRae was a member of Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit. She was a founding member of the Alabama Chapter of COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). She traveled often volunteering her time to those families that had suffered the death of a loved one in Law Enforcement. Funeral services were held May 10, 11 a.m. at the chapel of Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home. Reverend Bob Watts officiated and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directed. Burial followed at Sunrise Memorial Park. Visitation was held May 10 from 10-11 a.m. at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to COPS, P.O. Box 3199 Camdenton, MO 65020 or the Gary Heath Scholarship Fund at Troy University. For online condolences, please visit


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