On Friday April 16, 2021 after declaring to his best friend, his dedicated partner and loving wife “Kit” in his own words, “I’m Tired”, Kit, I’m Tired”, Jimmy Palmer Stephens Sr. believing that his ultimate destination on that day was to “go and be with the Lord” , departed this life. Can’t you just see him in the spirit bursting through the clouds with a big grin on his face declaring “I made it through, and I’m alright now. “
“Jim”, as he was loving called, was born on November 02, 1956 in Robeson County. He was 64 years old when God decided “ You have done all I’ve assigned you to do on earth, “Come home and rest .” Jim was the youngest of three children and the only son born to the late Mr. James Palmer Stephens and the late Mrs. Nora Powell Stephens. Jim was raised in a loving Christian home and confessed Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. The family worshiped at Antioch Baptist Church in Proctorville.
Jim grew up on a farm in Fairmont, North Carolina that his parents owned. He and his sisters learned to work the farm and loved playing in the wheat field after the tobacco was in the barn. Jim received his education from Proctorville High and Orrum High School, after which he worked a few years in manufacturing at Munsingware and also Fun-Tee He was a guy who loved working with his hands. He loved he farm. He planted a garden which included all the vegetables you could name, some to give away and some to sell. He tended to chickens, grew all kinds of fruits some that his parents started many years ago. The blueberry bushes were always pruned just right to yield the bountiful crops of sweet berry's. It was a joy for Pat, Caroline, Jim , "Kit" and Marcus to invite family to the farm to share in the blessings of the fields. If you were lucky you could spot a little doe with the other deer crossing the field while grazing. He also loved to hunt and fish.
He was a good neighbor, a good husband and father and loved his and Kit’s children, the grandchildren, his sisters and all his nieces and nephews. He is certainly going to be missed on the "Ponderosa".
He has now joined in heaven, his parents. Left with precious memories are: His wife and partner, Catherine Hayes Stephens of the home, Sons Jimmy Stephens Jr. and Orlando Stephens both of Lumberton, NC; Nakisha Williams (James) of Orrum, NC; Bryant Hayes, Demeetric Hayes of Dillon, SC, and Traves Hayes (Malana) of Maryland; 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren Two sisters: Patricia Thompson (Jackie) of Maryland, and Abby Caroline McGill of Fairmont, NC, A Mother-in-law Mrs. Margie Boone of Dillon, SC; Two Nieces; three nephews; Five brothers-in-law: Joe Louis Hayes Jr. and Johnny Hayes of Dillon, SC; Melvin Boone (Sweets) and Marvin Boone (Tina) both of New York and Christopher Carmichael of Philadelphia, PA and a host of cousins and specials friends Ronnie McRae, Arnold McRae, Arnold Leggett, Precious McKinley, Roger, Timmy, Javona, Will, Morris, Ed, Wayne, Tom and Patricia, Claybourn and Danny Walters.
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