David Bryant (D.B.) Stephenson passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at the age of 90 after a month-long battle with pneumonia.
D.B. died peacefully with his beloved wife, Alice, and their daughter, Dondie, and son-in-law by his side.
D.B. was born the youngest of 12 to the late David Bryant Stephenson and Ruth Boaz Barker Stephenson on January 11, 1932.
He was raised in a boarding house run by his mother where he constantly played practical jokes on the patrons.
D.B. was drafted and served two years during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. During his senior year of high school, D.B. met Alice Pearl, the love of his life, and on December 23, 2021 they celebrated 70 years of marriage. Together they founded, managed and operated Stephenson's Interiors for 32 years.
D.B. was a fun-loving, kind-hearted man who loved spending time with family and friends. He was the life of the party and could be counted on for much humor and levity. He loved teaching Sunday School and was a mentor to many. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed mission trips to build churches and do street ministry in Guatemala, Paraguay, Cuba, Cambodia, Peru, and Ecuador.
D.B. served the community as President of the Lion’s Club, President of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, Chaplain for the local chapter of The Gideons International and church board member. He was generous with his time and with his resources, but most importantly, he wanted to introduce everyone he met to Jesus.
D.B. is preceded in death by his brothers, Lloyd Stephenson and Milton (Monk) Stephenson and his sisters, Magdalene Porter, Pattie King, and Fannie Brake, as well as three sisters and three brothers prior to his birth. D.B. is survived by his wife Alice Pearl Williams Stephenson and their daughter, Dondie Stephenson McNickle and son-in-law, Mark Leonard McNickle. He was fondly known as "Uncle D.B." by 32 nieces and nephews and as the "Greatest" by one great niece.
A visitation is planned for Friday, February 11, 2022, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Roanoke Rapids Church of God at 1017 Rapids Street in Roanoke Rapids, NC. All are invited to attend and a celebration of life service will follow at 1 pm.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hockadayfs.com.