Deacon Walter Stephens, 87
by Halei Lamb | May 30, 2018 11:03 am
Last Updated: May 30, 2018 at 11:29 am
Funeral services for Deacon Walter Stephens, 87, were held Monday, May 28, 2018, at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Cross-Green Community at 1 p.m. with Reverend Reverend Melvin Adams presiding. Interment followed in Green Cemetery of Cross-Green Community. He died Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Serenity Hospice in Dublin.
Mr. Walter Stephens was born November 1, 1930, in Emanuel County to the late James and Ida Stephens. He was educated in the Emanuel County School System. Early in life, Stephens joined the Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. After relocating in Boston, Massachusetts, he united with the St. John Missionary Baptist Church and served faithfully as an usher and deacon until he decided to move back home in the Cross-Green Community. Continuing his quest for Kingdom Building, Walter united with the Greater St. James Baptist Church, where he served as a profound usher and deacon. Stephens loved his family, life, and mankind. He was meek, kindhearted, and willing to do whatever he could to help others. To know him was to love him. Stephens retired from Raytheon in Boston, Massachusetts, after more than 20 years of service. He was united in holy matrimony to the late Marian Green Warren, and to this union three lovely children are born. Stephens was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Walter Stephens; brother, James Stephens Jr.; and two sisters, Carrie and Bitha Smith.
Survivors include one daughter, Mercedes Stephens of Syracuse, New York; one son, Daniel Stephens of Syracuse, New York; brothers, Reverend Robert Stephens of Midville; one step-son, Bernard Gray of Boston, Massachusetts; and a host of other family members, church members, and friends.
Pallbearers were William Baugh, Robert Johnson, Roger Richards, Robert Smith, Robert Stephens Jr., and Walter Stephens III. Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Greater St. James Baptist Church.
Jogresan Mortuary Inc. was in charge of arrangements.