Harold Stephens

Harold Stephens

Sunday, January 2nd, 1938 Saturday, June 6th, 2020

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Obituary for Harold Dean Stephens

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother, Harold Dean "Bud" Stephens, of Greenville, passed away June 6, 2020.

Harold was born on January 2, 1938 in Westminster, SC, the son of Thomas Ennis and Everlee Freeman Stephens. Surviving are his wife, Anne Clayton Stephens; children, Lauren Susanne Stephens Tomlinson and husband Clark, and Dean Scott Stephens and wife Loretta; grandchildren: Meredith Tomlinson, Clay Stephens, and Brad Stephens; sisters, Adele Boggs of Seneca, and Betty Sue Stephens of Westminster.

He was preceded in death by his son, Marcus Bradley Stephens in 1996; sister, Edith Toney in 1994; and his much loved mother-in-law, Sue Abbott Clayton Barrett in 2015.

Harold was a loving and giving man who brought much joy, laughter, and love to his family. His joyful spirit, patience, kindness, quick wit, logic, and intelligence will be missed by all who knew him.

An alumni of Westminster High School, and Clemson University, Harold was a big Clemson Tiger fan.

In the Army Reserves, he was a member of the 391st Engineering Battalion who served his country during the 1962 Berlin Crisis.

Upon returning to civilian life, Harold worked for Greenville Steel Corporation. In 1998, he joined SC Steel Corporation (now CMC) as a draftsman checker until his retirement in 2010.

A private service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Earle Street Baptist Church, of which he was a member, 225 West Earle St., Greenville, SC 29609,

Arrangements by Palmetto Mortuary.

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Joel Bryant

As well as a great loss to his family, Bud is a great American and loved his country very much........will be missed by all!!
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Charles Tate

I knew Harold when we worked together at Greenville Steel from 1961 to 1967. I was a recent graduate from high school and it was my first job. Harold was an impressive guy. Always ready with a joke or prank. I was drawing on my first project which Harold had assigned me. I had been drawing on it for a day or so, and here comes Harold and he ripped the drawing off my drawing board, wadded it up and threw it in the trash and then says “Let’s work on something else.” The drawing had been a test to see if I knew what I was doing. I was standing by his desk when the news came that Kennedy had been killed. Another time we were watching a crane driving down to the steel shop with his boom extended making a left turn just past the railroad tracks and he had to back up on the tracks, the crane operator jumped out and ran and KABOOM!!! No more crane. The crane had just filled up with gas and it all ignited. The train kept going right through the fire ball. After the collision the crane boom looked like a corkscrew. The rest of the crane was a pile of junk. I bet there's still pieces of it there. I once went to his home on Earle Street and fixed the heater motor fir his red Renault with a paper clip, a prayer, and used brushes out of the print machine from work. He knew I was a Tinkerer. I will miss Harold, he was one of a kind.
Posted at 06:24pm

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