Oconee County High School alumnus Ben Stephens had a heart for life. He was an avid athlete, artist and entrepreneur.And he also had a heart for his family. 

His eldest brother, TJ, called him “the most dependable brother I could ever ask for.” 

In fact, around Thanksgiving of last year, Ben had returned to his hometown to help out with the family business. But on Dec. 30, a car accident left Ben with critical injuries. On Jan. 20, he died from his injuries, but he was not done contributing to life. 

Because Ben was an organ donor, his heart saved the life of a man in Tennessee.

Terry Stephens, Ben’s father and a former photographer for the University of Georgia’s football team, believes that his son’s love for UGA football will live on in the heart recipient. 

“One day, he is going to wonder why his heart rate goes up so high when the Georgia Bulldogs are playing,” Terry said. 

For more on this story, see the March 12 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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