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Frank Stephenson

CHESTER -- Mr. Frank Hope Stephenson, 83, of 1037 Tickle Hill Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Palmetto Baptist Hospital in Columbia, S.C.

The funeral will be 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 26, at First Baptist Church of Lowrys with the Revs. Michael P. Shaffer, Dale Roddey and Den Parker officiating.

Born May 22, 1925, in Lockhart, S.C., Mr. Stephenson was the son of the late Walter Holmes Stephenson Sr. and Ruth Brown Stephenson. He attended schools of Chester County and was retired from Springs Grace Bleachery. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Burma, India and China. He took his training in Horse Calvary at Fort Riley, Kan. He was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Lowrys where he was a member of the Adult Men's Sunday School Class, former Deacon, and member of various committees within the church. Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a founding member and council member of Chester County 4-H Horse Club and North Chester Saddle Club. His hobby was horses and horse activities with his family and friends. With his love for horses and his rodeo activities he was able to bring together family, friends, and community.

Surviving are his wife of sixty years, Frances Bramlett Stephenson; two daughters, Joyce Stephenson Baker and her husband, Edward W. "Buddy" Baker Jr. and Nancy Stephenson Stewart and her husband, Charlie Mack Stewart Jr., both of Chester; five grandchildren, Mary Baker Mobley and her husband, Clay of Fort Bragg, N.C.; Charles Eric Stewart and his wife, Kha, Stephanie Stewart Caston and her husband, Chris, Hope Baker, Whitney Baker Culton and her husband, Josh all of Chester; nine great-grandchildren, Tyler Mobley, Gracyn Mobley and Zayn Mobley all of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Quinton Caston, Landon Caston, Evan Caston, Savannah Caston, Madysen Baker and Taylor Culton all of Chester; one sister, Lillie S. Steen of Chester; and a brother, Avon Lee Stephenson of Columbia.

The family will receive friends anytime after 1 p.m., Thursday at the home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Lowrys "New Building Fund", 3981 Armenia Road, Chester, SC 29706.

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