Samuel Paul Stephens
June 20, 1948- October 22, 2020
Samuel Paul Stephens, 72, entered his eternal rest on Thursday, October 22, 2020. A native of Spartanburg County, SC, he was the eldest son of the late Rev. Paul Alvin Stephens and Rubye Caldwell Stephens. Sam was a kind, generous person, who tried to help others, and he never met a stranger.
He served in the Naval Reserves and was stationed in Norway as he trained to disarm underwater mines. He loved sports of all types. From his youth, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, water skiing, basketball, bowling and tennis.
During his life, he was raised under the sovereign grace ministry of his father, and was presently a member of a Baptist church in Spartanburg, SC, where he served as Church Treasurer. During his life he was employed by M. Lowenstein, Milliken and Company, Inman Auto, Ryder, and was completing his years of employment at Worldwide Equipment.
He is survived by his friend and companion of 15 years, Linda Kennedy; two brothers, David Lawrence Stephens of Campobello, SC and Geoffrey Craig Stephens of Texas; one sister, Paula Stephens Powell (Rick) of Columbus, NC; one niece, Leigh Ann Daniel (Brian) of Cumming, GA; two nephews, Jason Paul Stephens (Jessica) of Waterloo, SC and William Hunter Stephens of Spartanburg, SC; two great-nephews, Luke Daniel and Oliver Stephens; and two great nieces, Nadia Tate and Penelope Stephens.
Sam is also survived by "adopted" family members, April McConnell, Daniel Henderson; Joshua Helms, Alannah Henderson and Justin Henderson who called him "Papa" Sam.
Beside his parents, he was predeceased by a beloved sister and sister-in-law, Penny Lorraine Stephens and Jenny Nutter Stephens.
A graveside service will be held at 12:00 PM, Monday, October 26, 2020 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Landrum, SC. Services will be conducted by Rev. Brian Tillotson.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the ICU medical staff at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for the diligence and compassion shown to the many Covid patients for which they provide care, and also our family is grateful for the support and information updates provided to us by the medical team in their many phone calls.
Family members will be at their respective homes.
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