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David Lawrence Stephens
August 7, 1951 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
David Lawrence Stephens, 72, entered his eternal rest on Saturday, September 23, 2023. He was born in New Orleans, LA on August 7, 1951, and was a Spartanburg County resident for the majority of his life. He is predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Jenny Nutter Stephens, and his parents, Rev. Paul Alvin Stephens and Rubye Caldwell Stephens.
David served in the Naval Reserves during the Vietnam conflict and was stationed at Guam Naval Base where he became a proficient machinist. This training led him to his lifelong profession at various tool and die companies, and he retired from Michelin Tire where he conducted testing and quality assurance of work created by those seeking employment in the precise art of tool and die in the manufacture of Michelin products.
During his life, he was raised under sovereign grace ministry, and was a member of a church organized by his father, Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. He excelled through his years of education, being moved from the seventh grade to the ninth for more advanced studies to satisfy his eager desire to learn. In his younger years, David enjoyed hobbies of golf, hunting, fishing, bowling, and generally excelled in all the endeavors he pursued.
A proud father and grandfather, he is survived by his daughter, Leigh Ann Daniel (Brian) of Cumming, GA; his son, Jason Paul Stephens (Jessica) of Waterloo, SC; two grandsons, Luke Daniel and Oliver Stephens; and three granddaughters, Nadia Tate, Penelope Stephens, and Eloise Stephens. He is also survived by a sister Paula Stephens Powell (Rick) of Columbus, NC; a brother, Geoffrey Craig Stephens of Sumter. SC; and a nephew, William Hunter Stephens of Spartanburg, SC. In addition he is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Orvin and Sylvia Cavendish of Spartanburg, SC; Macel Haynes of Cumming, GA; and Keith Nutter (Isabelle) of New Haven, WV, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his younger sister, Penny Lorraine Stephens, and his eldest brother, Samuel Paul Stephens; his brothers-in-law, Benny Haynes, Allen Nutter, and Gary Nutter; and nephews, Mark Cavendish, Todd Nutter and Gary Allen Nutter.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday October 3, 2023 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Landrum, SC. Services will be conducted by Rev. Joe Rollins, family friend and pastor of Sanctuary Church, Greenville, S.C.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Spartanburg County EMS, the Coroner's Office Investigator, Jeff Grant, as well as the officers on site for the professionalism and compassion they displayed during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a disabled veteran's organization. The family members will be at the family home in Campobello.