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Johnnie Stephens

July 5, 1920 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 103) 103 Years Old

Johnnie Stephens Obituary

Mr. Johnnie “Bill” Stephens was born July 5, 1920, to his proud parents, Frank and Eliza Stephens of Saluda County, South Carolina; and lovingly reared in the home of his grandmother, “Ms. Amanda”.   On Friday, February 2, 2024, ”Our Lord and Savior called Brother Johnnie Stephens home to be with him and he peacefully transitioned at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Johnnie attended school in Saluda County. In 1935 his family, along with siblings moved to Columbia, SC. He continued his education at the Longtown School also known as "The Little Red School House". The Little Red School House has been refurbished and is now a historical building located at Killian Elementary School. Mr. Stephens joined the United States Army on July 12, 1941, and was honorable discharged on December 24, 1945. While serving in the Army, he worked as a Heavy-Duty Truck Driver and Carpentry Assistant.  During his time stationed at New Guinea, Luzon he received the American Defense Service Medal, the American Theater Service Ribbon, APT Service Medal, Philippine Liberation GO 23 February 5, 1945, the World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After being honorably discharged, he continued his employment at Moncrief Army Hospital, Ft. Jackson, SC as a chief cook until his retirement in 1979. Mr. Stephens met his wife, the former Geraldine Fredrenia Boyd at the historical Waverly Hospital, in Columbia, SC., a union that was blessed with many years of love and devotion to each other.

At an early age, Johnnie joined St. Paul Baptist Church in Saluda, S.C. Upon relocating to Columbia with his family he became a member of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. During his tenure at Mt. Pilgrim, Brother Stephens sung faithfully on the  Jubilee Choir until his health began to  decline.

Johnnie was an excellent cook and well known for his decorated cooked ham during the holidays. Some of Johnnie’s  hobbies included his love of gardening (especially collards during the Fall) and rearing live stocks. He also loved sharing stories to family and friends about being stationed in New Guinea. His favorite subject was HISTORY - if you every had a question regarding history, believe me he could quickly answer it. He also enjoyed reminiscing on past events that happened in the Killian Community.

Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine B. Stephens; sons, Reginald L. Stephens, and Lafayette L. Stephens; brother, Mr. Willie (Buck) Stephens; two half-brothers, Sammy (S.D.) Shell, and Emanuel Shell.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving daughters. Vivian S. (Reverend Albert H.) Thompson, and Allyson (Alvin) McMichael; sons, Perry (Patricia) Stephens and Theodore (Teddy) H. Stephens, all of Columbia, SC; half-sister, Lecie Shell Worthy (106 years old);  adopted   daughters, Miranda Stephens High, and Rebecca Tinsley, both of Columbia, S.C;  sisters-in-law, Juanita B. Cooper and Carol B. Boyd, both of Washington, DC, and Verdelle B. Jones of Madison, NJ; daughter-in-law, Vernell Stephens; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host other loving relatives and dear friends all of whom join the family in sharing the grief caused by his departure, but rejoice that he is resting with the Lord

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Public Viewing
February 9, 2024

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home of Columbia
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Funeral Service
February 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church
9300 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203

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February 12, 2024

2:00 PM
Fort Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, SC 29229


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